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Facilities & Equipment

EBRI pyroformer/gasifier power plant
The EBRI building can be powered by its 0.5MW Gasifier/Pyroformer power plant

In 2013, EBRI moved into brand new facilities on the Aston University campus. The new building was officially opened in October 2013 by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

EBRI has seven laboratories including two industrial laboratories to allow EBRI to work with businesses to tackle industry issues.  It means that EBRI is able to offer a full cycle – analytical scale research through to semi-industrial demonstrator level.  Each laboratory is dedicated to a different area of research and includes: algae, catalysis, high pressure processing and upgrading of fuels, thermal processing of biomass and waste materials, and the characterisation of novel biofuels. These laboratories are available for feedstock, power and equipment tests.       

The EBRI building is powered by innovative technology developed by its researchers and contains the first Pyroformer™/Gasifier demonstration (0.5MW) power plant. The plant is able to provide the heat, electricity and cooling needed to power the building and also part of the Aston University campus.

EBRI’s laboratory and test equipment includes:

Biomass processing and analytical capabilities
Four continuous fluid bed fast pyrolysis reaction systems for production of bio-oil, laboratory scale intermediate pyrolysers and fluidised bed gasifiers with supporting analytical and characterisation facilities, including micro-reactor pyrolysis with close coupled GCMS-FID. Batch and continuous catalytic upgrading reactors are associated with the fast pyrolysis facilities. A novel intermediate pyrolysis process is under development at 20 and 100 kg/h. A 400 kg/h fluid bed gasifier coupled to a CHP engine which powers the EBRI building. A substantial photo bioreactor is available for production of microalgae.

EBRI's catalysis laboratory
EBRI's catalysis laboratory



Heterogeneous catalysis capabilities
A state-of-the-art catalysis research facility equipped with a suite of high pressure autoclaves and multi-position batch reactors for catalyst testing, in-situ spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques for catalyst characterisation (XPS, high pressure XRD, DRIFT, DRUV cells and ATR liquid flow cell), and adsorption techniques (porosimeters, pulse chemisorption) for surface area, porosity and active site analysis of porous catalysts. The laboratory has a continuous catalytic flow reactor for vapour/gas phase reactions equipped with online GC and MS analysis, plus several off line GC and HPLC instruments for monitoring catalytic reactions, large scale batch reactors and a suite of furnaces for catalyst synthesis.

For further details about EBRI's Catalysis and Surface Analysis Research facilities click here.

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EBRI brochure

EBRI brochure

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