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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.