EBRI Business Investment in Research



           Practical help for businesses

              Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy Systems





The Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University is running a programme to help small and medium sized enterprises in the West Midlands to develop new products and services from unwanted material, such as manufacturing, agricultural and food waste. 

Companies can benefit from a number of practical solutions to help them explore the growing bioenergy and energy systems markets and supply chains, and the opportunities they offer:

  • EBRI 'Value from Waste' Master Class - highly acclaimed by the local business community:

    96% of attendees have rated it 'Excellent' or 'Very Good'To discover more about this two-day course see short film below:
  • Technology Business Support - Gain access to EBRI's pyrolysis and gasification test facilities, as well as help with feedstock analysis. Company reports on viability and technology requirements can take place at your premises and/or at EBRI's laboratories.
  • Economic Feasibility Studies - EBRI can provide you with an assessment of the nature of the proposed technology, and economic assessments of risk and return.

Case Studies
To see more about the type of help we can offer you, here is a selection of West Midlands businesses that we have worked with.

Click on the relevant company name below to see an overview of the support and guidance given by EBRI.

Business Testimonials
EBRI provides practical help to a whole host of industries, including construction, energy, engineering services, finance, food and drink, IT, legal, manufacturing, marketing and waste management. To hear from a selection of businesses we have worked with watch below:


Impact, Highlights and the Future
Click here to see a summary of an independent assessment and valuation of the project conducted by Focus Consultants.

Fusion Guide

Linking your business into the Energy-from-Waste and Bioproducts supply chains, and beyond


Fusion Front page - smallerInside this publication you can find a selection of companies we have supported through the EBRI ERDF project which ran from May 2016 to June 2019. The purpose of the guide is to raise awareness of the skills and specialisms that these local businesses can offer, and to encourage links both inside and outside of our region.

Discover more about these companies including their product and service portfolios, benefits and unique selling points. Within each company profile are details of opportunities that are being seeked, as well as information on geographical coverage.

You will also find a series of articles, written by EBRI specialists focusing on food waste, waste and recycling developments, plus a view of the UK's new energy system.

We are actively promoting the guide to key contacts in the West Midlands, the UK and beyond.

EBRI is now running a new three year project to help businesses in the West Midlands develop and deliver new competitive products and services. For more details about how you can benefit from the support available please visit our dedicated website for businesses www.bioenergy-for-business.org  

Alternatively call EBRI on 0121 204 3383 or email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk


European Regional Development Fund
This project has received £1.37m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding