Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) is involved in a €10.84m project to develop a
European wide research infrastructure for producing biofuels.
BERG has been
awarded €510,000 of research funds, as part of the €10.84m BRISK research
project from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
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
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 TonyBridgwater 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. We need more efficient and cost
effective production of biofuels and related products to ensure biorefineries
can be viable in the future. Improving and opening up the research
infrastructure across Europe will be key to achieving this.”
work on the BRISK project is on the back of its involvement in the €3.73million (£3.11million) DIBANET (Development of Integrated Biomass
Approaches Network) research project, funded by the European Commission, to
develop a renewable diesel miscible biofuel that can reduce reliance on fossil
diesel in Europe and South America.
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. This will include turning biomass material such as tree bark
and waste wood into usable oil for heating and transportation needs.