bioenergy experiments

EBRI leads and delivers a range of research projects and collaborations with partners in the West Midlands, UK, Europe and beyond. Projects focus on the adoption of bioenergy technologies in both urban and rural settings and the provision of support to businesses, organisations and local authorities to enable them to make informed bioenergy decisions.

We are highly experienced in leading and developing projects, bidding for funding and have an ever-expanding network of domestic and international partners from both business and academia. We welcome opportunities for collaboration in the UK and beyond.

EnergyHarvest project
EBRI's EnergyHarvest project is using wheat and rice harvest waste in the Punjab region of India to generate electricity

Below are details of EBRI's current projects:

European Union funded

  • BRISK2Biofuel research infrastructure - providing researchers with transnational access to biomass conversion facilities across the project's network of 15 European partners. Applications now open. 
  • AMBITIONResearch collaboration tackling the ongoing challenges of energy system flexibility, developing key unit operations in biomass pre-treatment, gasification, gas cleaning and conditioning, as well as evaluating the feasibility of biofuel integration in today's energy system.
  • Green Carbon Engineering thermochemical processes to produce bespoke biomass derived carbons and low cost carbon materials, creating sustainable pathways to innovative green technologies and providing research opportunities for Early Stage Researchers.  
  • Bioenergy for Business
  • European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy
    the possibilities for joint technology development and continuing the development of next generation biofuels. 
  • PYROCHEM (MSCA-IF project)
    Tracking the fate of carbon-13 within fast pyrolysis with stable isotope labelled plant materials currently provided by IsoLife. A collaboration with French partners for the development of an experimental and theoretical mechanistic investigation. 

UK funded  

  • 5BIO (biomass, biorefining, bioenergy, biofuels and bio-products) in the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)
  • Itheca
    Demonstrating the role of localised energy systems in supporting the traditional energy system through demand side grid management and the potential of vehicle to grid (V2G) infrastructure in supporting intelligent localised energy systems.          
  • EPSRC: Development of fast pyrolysis based advanced biofuel technologies for biofuels 
    Exploring routes to improve the properties and stability of fast pyrolysis oil, via catalytic pyrolysis and bio-oil upgrading.

  • EPSRC Ionic Liquid Biorefining of Lignocellulose to Sustainable Polymers
    The EBRI Catalysis group is developing nanoparticulate catalysts for the conversion of extracted cellulose to platform chemicals.

  • EPSRC Catalytic Routes to Intermediates for Sustainable Processes
    EBRI's Catalysis group is developing bi-functional catalysts for the conversion of furan derivatives to diols that would find application in polymer production.

  • EPSRC The UK Catalysis Hub - Bioenergy theme
    Exploring the development of heterogeneous catalysts in aqueous phase sugar processing to synthetic fuels.

  • EPSRC Tuning Catalyst Surfaces to Control Aldol Reactions in Biomass Conversion 
    Investigating mechanistic aspects of aldol condensation over solid acid and base catalysts for the production of biofuels.

  • EPSRC Nanoengineered Materials for Clean Catalytic Technologies
    Recent advances in chemical synthesis and analysis now offer an unprecedented opportunity to sculpt the atomic structure of solid catalysts and to peer inside their microscopic workings. This Leadership Fellowship explores the integration of new experimental and theoretical breakthroughs to develop next-generation nanoengineered materials for the clean production of valuable chemical feedstocks and sustainable biofuels.

  • EPSRC PyroAD
    Increasing the energy yield from the integration of anaerobic digestion (AD) and pyrolysis.
  • EPSRC Solar fuels via engineering innovation
    Addressing the design of innovative photoreactors for efficient hydrocarbon conversion and separation from CO2 for solar fuel production. This will be achieved via an integrated approach between chemical engineers and chemists to intensify the process of CO2 photoreduction through reactor innovation, and thus, provide alternative future energy options.

  • EPSRC Selective photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to olefins: a feasibility study 
    Developing novel photocatalysts critical to achieving the selective photoreduction of CO2 to olefins, providing underpinning science for the integration of nanostructured inorganic photocatalysts with the exceptional light-harvesting properties of biological pigments, inside novel solar photoreactors for maximum process intensification of CO2 PCR to olefins.

  • EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub
    Bringing together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy.

Industry funded

We are currently working with SMEs through to multi-national companies on research for their organisation. As each piece of research is bespoke to the organisation, it is subject to confidentiality agreements. We are happy to undertake bespoke research and consultancy to overcome issues for your organisation. Please get in touch with us to see how we can help.


  • EnergyHarvest
    Helping to tackle the problem of open field buring in India by utilising the harvest residues for bioenergy using a mobile pyrolysis unit that cane be transported by tractor.  

  • Leverhulme - Royal Society Africa Award Sustainable Biofuel Production from Ghanaian and Tanzanian Oil Seed Crops.
    Building research capacity within the Universities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and the University of Ghana in the development of heterogeneous catalysts for clean technologies and the sustainable utilisation of waste oil seed derived biomass in biorefining.   

International research

  • ReShip                                                                                                                                                                  This project focuses on developing a sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste which could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • GB3Net                                                                                                                                                                   The Global Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biorefining network (GB3 -Net) comprises an international team of leading scientists and engineers from the UK, US, Brazil and China, with expertise spanning different biomass processing technologies across renewable energy and chemicals.

Projects completed in 2015

  • BioenNW                                                                                                                                                                Delivering Local Bioenergy to North West Europe 
  • BRISK                                                                                                                                                                    Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge
    EU-China Cooperation for Liquid Fuels from Biomass Pyrolysis
  • PyNE
    Accelerating the rate of implementation and success of fast pyrolysis for fuels and chemicals.

Projects completed in 2016

  • Pyrogas
    Integrating intermediate pyrolysis and vapour gasification to create an effective and efficient biomass-to-energy system for combined heat and power.
  • BAM (Biorefinery Advisory Model)
    The objective of this project is to provide a web-based, user driven, flexible and robust biorefinery modelling system for the Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) network