The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University will have its new facilities officially opened by The Rt Hon. the Lord Deben at an event on Monday 28 October.
EBRI’s new ‘home’ at Aston University is a state-of-the-art building complete with research suites, laboratories, technology demonstration facilities, and innovative new bioenergy technologies that provide the heat, power and cooling to power the building itself. This £16.5m development has been funded jointly by Aston University and the European Regional Development Fund.
EBRI at Aston University has been established since 2007 and bioenergy research has been taking place at the University from as early as 1978. EBRI staff conduct world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy, ranging from fundamental research through development, to deployment of innovative technologies, in collaboration with industry.
EBRI works with regional, national and international businesses and organisations to help them realise opportunities from this new high growth sector. EBRI has funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide free support, advice and consultancy to West Midlands businesses.
Speakers at the official opening of EBRI include:
The Rt. Hon the Lord Deben – who will officially open the EBRI building
Professor Dame Julia King DBE FREng , Vice Chancellor , Aston University who will speak about the importance of bioenergy research, its contribution to reducing the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and its role in helping to combat Climate Change
Professor Andreas Hornung, Director of EBRI who will speak about the pioneering world-class research that EBRI is conducting into all aspects of bioenergy; increasing energy security and utilising waste and residue sources to create energy; and EBRI’s commitment to working in partnership with industry and other research institutions to provide the practical bioenergy solutions for businesses and local authorities in the UK, Europe and beyond.
There will be an opportunity to tour EBRI’s new facilities, including a demonstration of the bioenergy power plant which powers the building using a Pyroformer™ - new bioenergy technology developed by EBRI.