The Aston University Bioenergy Group (BERG) is involved in a €10.84m project to develop a European wide research infrastructure for producing biofuels.
The four-year initiative aims to develop a European research infrastructure capable of delivering marketable biofuel products.
This includes production of biofuels by thermochemical processes, including gasification, combustion, pyrolysis and hydrothermal processing.
Its main activity is to fund researchers from any European country to carry out research at any of the 26 project partners located outside of their home country to utilise the thermochemical biomass conversion installations.
The project is coordinated by KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and includes partners from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.
Professor Tony Bridgwater who is leading the project at Aston University, said; “Enhancing biomass utilisation without risking its sustainability is a European energy priority to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The BERG team, part of Aston’s European Bioenergy Research Institute, is also involved in a £1.4m project funded in part by the Research Council of Norway to investigate producing biofuel derived from spruce and pine trees by 2020 following the development of new bio-oil refining technologies.
The researchers are developing new, integrated bio-oil technology to transform biomass more efficiently into biofuels through fast pyrolysis – the process of heating materials in the absence of oxygen.