Free bioenergy advice event for West Midlands businesses

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 2012 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 k.jeerh@aston.ac.uk 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 l.a.russell1@aston.ac.uk.