EBRI 'technological breakthrough' shortlist

Climate Week Awards 2013
19 February 2013

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Technological Breakthrough’ category of this year’s national Climate Week Awards.

EBRI is shortlisted for its Pyroformer™ technology, an innovative sustainable energy solution developed by its researchers that could dramatically reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The Pyroformer™ offers the solution to many of the problems other renewable energy solutions have generated. The EBRI Pyroformer™ uses a patented heat transfer mechanism to pyrolyse and chemically process waste material in a single step using a coaxial Archimedes screw system and an externally heated jacket. Tests show that unlike other bioenergy solutions, the Pyroformer™ has no negative environmental or food security impacts. Its use of multiple feedstocks means it does not require the destruction of rainforests or the use of agricultural land for the growth of specialist biocrops. The process is emission free and the Pyroformer™ is capable of processing up to 100 kg/h of biomass feed and when coupled with a Gasifier it will have an output of 400 kWeI – the equivalent to providing power for 800 homes.

Following significant R&D investment the Pyroformer™ is now ‘near market’. EBRI is showcasing this technology to industry to demonstrate how real-life solutions for tackling biomass based residues and waste can be achieved, with both environmental and financial benefits for households, businesses and local authorities.

The national Climate Week Awards showcase the UK’s most innovative, ambitious and effective actions to combat climate change. There are 14 categories ranging from sustainable business to new technologies and community action. The eminent judging panel includes the Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben. The winners will be announced on 4 March at a ceremony at the House of Commons to mark the start of Climate Week.

For further information, please contact Louise Russell, EBRI Marketing & Communications Officer on 0121 204 4637 or l.a.russell1@aston.ac.uk.


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Notes to Editors

  • The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI): EBRI has been established since 2007 and bioenergy research has been taking place at the University from as early as 1978. EBRI staff conduct world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy, ranging from fundamental research through development, to deployment of innovative technologies, in collaboration with industry. EBRI works with regional, national and international businesses and organisations to help them realise opportunities from this new high growth sector. www.aston.ac.uk/ebri

  • The Pyroformer™ uses a form of intermediate pyrolysis. The reaction temperature for this process is around 450-500˚C, with a vapour residence time of a few seconds - the solids’ residence time can be varied as desired. As the reaction occurs under controlled heating levels it avoids the formation of tar which is problematic for other forms of pyrolysis as clogging occurs and prevents the machinery from working.

  • Further information about the Climate Week Awards can be found at www.climateweek.com.