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AD & Biogas business support briefing: 18.7.2012

The EBRI Pyroformer could increase the efficiency of anaerobic digestion by 25%
The EBRI Pyroformer could increase the efficiency of anaerobic digestion by 25%

Would you like to increase anaerobic digestion efficiency by 25% and access funding to help you achieve this?

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University would like to invite you to attend a special event it is holding on Wednesday 18th July for West Midlands based organisations working with anaerobic digestion. There you’ll be able to hear from experts about new technology and support available to you, as well as information regarding sources of funding available to your company.

You’ll also be able to find out more about an innovative new bioenergy technology developed by EBRI researchers to increase the efficiency of anaerobic digestion by up to 25%. The EBRI Pyroformer overcomes many of the problems other renewable energy solutions have generated. It uses a patented heat transfer mechanism to pyrolyse and chemically process waste material in a single process and is unique in its use of multiple feedstocks.

The Pyroformer offers the following benefits to the anaerobic digestion process:

  • The residue from anaerobic digestion can be used as a feedstock for the Pyroformer. This means that even more energy can be obtained from the original waste source. This means anaerobic digestion efficiency can be increased by up to 25%.

  • Reduced transportation costs. By coupling an anaerobic digester with a Pyroformer the residue can be fed directly to the Pyroformer as a feedstock, removing the need for waste disposal costs.

  • No need for an anaerobic digester to be linked to a land bank – the process can even take place in a city centre where the feedstock is in plentiful supply and biogas can be easily utilised.

  • Increased quality of fertilizer. The Pyroformer still produces fertilizer in the form of biochar which sequests carbon in the ground for up to 1000 years. Biochar can be sold for up to £1000 per tonne.

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 – this is the equivalent to providing power for 800 homes. Successful long run testing has taken place with small scale demonstrator units and a full scale Pyroformer is currently being tested at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire before moving to its permanent home at EBRI’s new £16.5m ERDF funded demonstrator facilities on the Aston University campus later this year.

This business support briefing will take place at Aston University on Wednesday 18th July from 9am – 1pm. To reserve your place, or to speak to a member of them team at any time, please call 0121 204 3829 or email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk. 

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