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The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) Pyroformer - A Summary

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Published on Aug 3, 2012

Professor Andreas Hornung, Head of the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University talks about a new bioenergy solution.

EBRI researchers have developed an innovative bioenergy solution - a 'Pyroformer' -- unique in its use of multiple waste feedstocks to generate cost-effective heat and power. The Pyroformer overcomes many of the problems other renewable energy solutions have generated. Tests have shown that unlike other bioenergy plants, the Pyroformer has no negative environmental or food security impacts. Its use of multiple waste sources means it does not require the destruction of rainforests or the use of agricultural land for the growth of specialist bioenergy crops. In fact biochar (a by-product of the process) can even be used as a fertilizer to increase crop yields. As well as generating heat and power, the Pyroformer also dramatically reduces the amount of material sent to landfill.

EBRI currently has funding for two European bioenergy projects promoting the adoption of bioenergy. A £16.5m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project is providing a new 'home' and demonstrator facilities for EBRI on the Aston University campus and the project is currently looking for organisations and businesses within the West Midlands to form a bioenergy supply chain in the region (find out more at www.bioenergy-midlands.org). EBRI's €8m INTERREG IVB funded project -- BioenNW -- sees the Institute working with 13 European partners to increase the rate of implementation of bioenergy provision within North West Europe by facilitating the development of local, small scale biomass energy schemes by creating a network of Bioenergy Support Centres to provide advice to organisations, local authorities and the public on bioenergy schemes and technologies available (find out more at www.bioenergy-nw.eu).

www.ebri.org.uk

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