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Professional short course:

This course combines classes, workshops and live demonstrations in a 1 MW bioenergy process plant for combined heat and power generation. You will be operating, monitoring and controlling a number of subsystems from the control room.

Who will it benefit?

This course is primarily aimed at recent graduates and early-career professionals with design, operation, maintenance, procurement and safety responsibilities. It will also benefit experienced staff who are new to process engineering and scientists in other disciplines seeking to enter the process industry.

What will you learn?

You will get hands-on experience in a real process plant with a range of safety devices and emergency systems, plant utilities and different operating units:

  • Solids handling, filtration and fluidisation
  • Fluids transportation
  • Heat transfer
  • Gas absorption
  • Heat and power generation

By the end of this course, you will able to:

  • Liaise with mechanical, electrical and control engineers using their jargon
  • Apply multidisciplinary skills in troubleshooting engineering systems
  • Read complex piping and instrumentation diagrams
  • Read electrical schematics and simple single-line diagrams
  • Be familiar with hardware and software involved in control systems
  • Understand the integration of a control system, from inception to the site acceptance tests with the client


Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute, Aston University, Birmingham, UK


£1950 (includes all printed training materials, lunch and refreshments)*

*A 10% discount is available to all members of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub.


Book your place here.

More information:

Practical process engineering CPD course

For further information, contact or email Martha Campos on 0121 204 5146.




The rising demand for this sustainable material could open up exciting opportunities for your business.

Discover more about biochar, its wide variety of benefits and uses including carbon capture, water treatment, fuel source, odour control, soil improvement and industrial applications.

11 March 2020

Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
Aston University, Birmingham


  • Benefits & Properties
  • Market Overview
  • Applications & Feedstocks
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Case Study
  • Tour of EBRI
  • Networking Opportunities


  • Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Industry
  • Arboretums & Arborologists
  • Biochar Manufacturers
  • Estate Managers
  • Foresters
  • Horticulturists & Nurseries
  • Landscapers & Gardening Companies
  • Property Developers
  • Soil & Compost Companies
  • Water Treatment Companies
  • Wood Industry

As customer demand for low carbon goods and services is rising, it is becoming increasingly important for suppliers to demonstrate their carbon footprint. More and more businesses are reviewing their supply chain emissions. All of these factors will drive growth in the low carbon market sectors including bioenergy, energy-from-waste, energy systems and bioproducts. 

The Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University provides practical solutions for businesses to explore these increasingly important, vibrant markets.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to meet EBRI’s world leading team of scientists, researchers and business specialists.

Discover more about how we can help your business develop new products and services in the growing biochar market, and beyond.

You will also have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art laboratories and power plant.

growth-opportunitiesREGISTER NOW
T: 0121 204 3383

There is no charge for eligible companies to attend*

 * SME businesses located within the following West Midlands Local Enterprise (LEP) areas: Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, the Marches, and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

**  Science News: DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. August 12, 2010

Business support from EBRI

  • Feedstock Analysis—we can provide you with laboratory analysis of a whole range of different waste materials
  • Technology Business Support—gain access to EBRI’s pyrolysis and gasification test facilities
  • Bespoke Reports—on the viability of your new product or service
  • Economic Feasibility Studies—we can provide you with an assessment of your proposed technology, including risk and return
  • Other Events—including the highly acclaimed EBRI ‘Value from Waste‘ Master Class, seminars and workshops


New 2020 - EBRI Value from Waste Master Class

img-ebriRedundant material such as food waste, cardboard boxes, plastic waste, sawdust, waste oils, manure, hay straw, sugar beet residue, spent grain waste from breweries are only a few examples of waste that could potentially open up fresh possibilities for your business.

EBRI's new 2020 series of Master Class Courses will provide exclusive content for entrepreneurs and business leaders covering the technical and commercial fundamentals of bioenergy. Companies looking to develop new products and services can benefit from attending this event, as can those who are simply looking for a better understanding of the bioenergy market.

In 2020, EBRI will be kicking off its new series of the course which has over the past few years been highly acclaimed by the local business community. We will be annoucning new dates for this event, but if in the meantime if you would like us to reserve you a place email

Value from Waste Master Class Course EBRI, Birmingham

To register and for further details about course programme, topics covered and why you should attend click here

96% of attendees have rated it 'Excellent' or 'Very Good'.*
* Surveys issued to 90 EBRI Master Class attendees 2017-2018

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EBRI Master Class Course: Value from Waste

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EBRI events

Supergen Bioenergy Hub SHARE Meeting and Researchers' Day 

EBRI Master Class Couse: Value from Waste

Other Events

We run a regular series of seminars and workshops designed to meet the needs of business and industry and are happy to provide speakers to take part in your events - please get in touch to see how we can help you. We also regularly take part in industry exhibitions throughout the West Midlands and beyond. All details of our events - plus bioenergy specific events run by other organisations - can be found in our events calendar.