5 November 2012
Companies interested in developing bioenergy schemes within the West Midlands are being urged to attend a free information session taking place at Aston University on Monday 12 November to find out how they could be part of a competition unique to the region.
The competition in question is part of an EU funded INTERREG IVB project called BioenNW led by Aston University. The ‘Regional Competition for Development of Innovative Bioenergy Schemes’ is looking for five organisations within the West Midlands that have ideas for a small-scale bioenergy power plants. These plants are capable of providing organisations, industrial parks, schools, supermarkets and domestic houses with heat, power and electricity powered by a range of renewable waste sources including grass and green waste. Plants are compact and can be housed in a building just 12m².
As part of the competition, the site identified with the highest potential to house a bioenergy plant will win both a development plan and a business plan. Four other sites will receive development plans.
This information session is open to any West Midlands based company who has an idea for a potential bioenergy plant within the West Midlands. It is open to local authorities, industrial organisations, landowners, developers, waste companies, energy companies and any other organisation interested in infrastructure development of this type.
Companies will be able to meet with experts from Aston University to find out more about the competition, to discuss their ideas, as well as finding out more about the competition application process, BioenNW and available bioenergy technologies.
BioenNW sees five countries in North West Europe working together to deliver local, small-scale bioenergy schemes using anaerobic digestion and a new pyrolysis technology called a Pyroformer™, developed by researchers at the project’s lead partner, the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University.
If you would like to attend the information session, please contact Kavita Jeerh on 0121 204 4321 or at email@example.com to book your place. The event is taking place at Aston University on Monday 12 November and appointments are available between 10am – 2pm. Full details of the competition, how put forward your local bioenergy scheme for consideration, and application forms can be found at: www.bioenergy-nw.eu.
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For further information, please contact Louise Russell, EBRI Marketing and Communications Officer, on 0121 204 4637 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
EBRI based at Aston University delivers world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy. EBRI has been established since 2007 and bioenergy research has been taking place at the University from as early as 1978. EBRI staff conduct research into all aspects of bioenergy ranging from fundamental research through development, to deployment of innovative technologies, in collaboration with industry. The EBRI research team 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
INTERREG IVB BioenNW
The EBRI research team is leading an ambitious international project promoting the wider adoption of bioenergy in regions of North West Europe to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy security and employment opportunities.The BioenNW project supports companies, organisations and local authorities to deliver local bioenergy in parts of the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands by promoting the use of innovative bioenergy power stations fuelled by waste on a small scale (from 5-10MW output) across the West Midlands (UK), Ilede-France (France), Wallonia (Belgium), Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and Hessen (Germany). The project is demonstrating the economic viability of power generation from urban and rural waste and how technologies can be used with anaerobic digestion and difficult to manage waste streams. www.bioenergy-nw.eu
Birmingham Science City
Birmingham Science City is a partnership of public sector, businesses and the research base, which is facilitating the use of science and technology to improve the quality of life and prosperity in and around Birmingham. Supported by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham, Warwick and Aston Universities, Birmingham Science City’s aim is to create strategies to exploit centres of world-class scientific research, by developing relevant activities for sustainable economic and social benefit. Visit www.birminghamsciencecity.co.uk for further information.