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New Engineering labs to strengthen bioenergy research

Bioenergy research

Aston is set to strengthen its world-leading research into bioenergy with the opening of new £650,000 state-of-the-art engineering laboratories.

The ‘Royal Society-Wolfson Advanced Biofuels and Bioenergy Laboratory’ will be officially opened by Prof Julia King this Thursday (13 May), followed by a series of presentations into alternative energy research, from Aston academics, Advantage West Midlands and Birmingham City Council.

Places are still available at the free bioenergy presentations, which run from 2pm to 4pm in the Main Building. Speakers include:

  • Councillor Paul Tisley MBE, Deputy Leader Birmingham City Council, outlining the City’s carbon-cutting vision ‘Birmingham 2026’

  • Gareth Stanley, Advantage West Midlands, highlighting low carbon initiatives in the West Midlands

  • Prof Andreas Hornung, explaining Aston’s role in delivering low carbon energy solutions for the region and beyond

  • Prof Tony Bridgwater on Aston’s leadership role in bioenergy

The new chemical engineering laboratories will accommodate the University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) and build upon Aston’s 40 years of tradition into research into low carbon, renewable technologies for the benefit of the West Midlands region, the UK and abroad.

The new suite funded by The Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation will focus on biomass conversion technologies - the process of transforming plant materials, oils and municipal and agricultural waste into useful and valuable forms of renewable energy.

For further information and/or to book a place for a presentation contact Jean Hasson, Events Officer on ext 4551 or email j.hasson@aston.ac.uk.

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