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Introduction to EBRI

Tim Miller, Engagement Director at the Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) explains the work.

Who we are

The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute at Aston University conducts world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy including energy-from-waste and the development of new bioproducts and services, all of which contribute to improving the UK's carbon footprint and improving security of energy supplies.

Innovative research and development of bioenergy technologies has taken place at Aston University for over 40 years. EBRI acts as a focus for international activities on scientific and technological aspects of biomass conversion and utilisation of products for renewable power, heat, transport fuels, hydrogen and chemicals. The institute works to extract the maximum value from all types of biomass, including waste resources.

EBRI is led by Professor Patricia Thornley, who also leads the UK-wide Supergen Bioenergy Hub project.


As Europe strives to meet significant carbon reduction targets, EBRI’s work in developing the role and business case for bioenergy, has never been more important.

We are committed to understanding, creating and conducting world-class bioenergy research and technology development and to communicate its importance and role for society.

Our work demonstrates that there is a viable, sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.


EBRI is creating and inspiring the next generation of bioenergy researchers and business professionals.

We are proactive in creating opportunities for young researchers and PhD students to work directly with businesses so that industry is able to benefit from the latest thinking and findings within the research and academic fields of bioenergy.


EBRI’s role in society reaches beyond bioenergy research and technology development – we’re also experts in working with SMEs and businesses to ensure others are able to benefit from EBRI’s innovations.

Our unbiased technical knowledge and insight, coupled with an understanding and appreciation of the bioenergy and business marketplaces, enables us to work to create commercial opportunities that will benefit society and create growth and prosperity within the West Midlands region, UK, Europe and beyond. Our team offers a range of services and testing, designed to meet the needs of business and industry.

We lead, and are part of, many prestigious research projects and welcome collaboration opportunities with academia and industry.

Policy and Strategy

The UK’s future energy system needs to be low carbon, secure and economic. EBRI has knowledge and experience in supply chains, markets, policy and regulation which it uses to deliver insights into the environmental, social and economic sustainability of energy systems and how these may evolve in different policy and regulatory frameworks.

EBRI researchers have unparalleled understanding of the underpinning conversion mechanisms involved in energy and bioproduct synthesis and use these to inform energy and bio-product system models that facilitate sustain ability assessment. We apply our techno-economic and life-cycle assessment skills to provide information on the most environmentally beneficial and/or cost effective pathways for bioenergy implementation of new energy systems in existing and prospective policy and regulatory frameworks.

EBRI supports societal acceptance and practical implementation by working with policymakers to create a supportive environment for low carbon energy and bioproducts. We inform policy decisions supporting the potential contribution of bioenergy to a sustainable energy system, the limitations of its use in different contexts and set the agenda for bioenergy policy development at regional, national and international levels.

Business and Industry

Ambitious government targets to increase the security of energy supply and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will drive growth in the bioenergy, energy-from-waste, energy systems and bioproducts sectors over the next ten years.

According to the Committee on Climate Change, bioenergy alone could provide up to 15% of UK energy demand in a low carbon economy by 2050. It is now the largest contributing renewable technology in the UK, providing 7.4% of primary energy supply.

Business opportunities - industry partnerships

Bioenergy, Energy-from-waste, Energy Systems and Bioproducts

The growth of these sectors is forecast to generate a wealth of opportunities in the UK including design, construction, new business technologies and supply chain. Organisations of any size and industry sector can benefit from being involved.

The Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University is leading in the challenge to share knowledge and support collaboration with companies in across the UK, Europe and beyond.

We are looking for industry partnerships with:

Support for businesses

EBRI provides practical solutions for businesses to explore these high growth markets and the opportunities they offer.

Companies can benefit from specialist support, cutting-edge technologies and bespoke events e.g. workshops to help stimulate business start-up and growth, plus the development of new products and services.

Discover more about how EBRI can help your business