Aston University (European Bioenergy Research Institute), United Kingdom

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University was established in 2007 as an EU Centre of Excellence. It acts as a transfer platform for bioenergy systems to be applied in commercial scale.

To accelerate the adoption and exploitation of biomass thermal conversion technologies, EBRI performs research and knowledge transfer in all aspects of bioenergy, by acting as a demonstrator of these technologies and by providing industrial research collaborators the opportunity to run process trials, evaluate feed materials and study combinations of processes prior to investment.

EBRI will play an important role in the Birmingham 2026 strategy to reduce CO2 emissions by 60%. EBRI’s position as both a technology developer and implementation specialist in respect of commercial application is pivotal to the respective objectives and outcomes of BioenNW. EBRI will effectively bridge the gap between technology supply and the non-technical barriers to bioenergy delivery which the project directly addresses and brings both substantial experience of the development of pyrolysis technologies and the project.


Birmingham City Council, United Kingdom

Birmingham City Council (BCC) has ambitious targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions by 60% from 1990 levels by 2026. The city’s climate change strategy and action plan supports the adoption of renewable energy sources particularly from local mixed biomass resources. The Council is also the planning and waste authority for the City of Birmingham.

Their activities in relation to BioenNW will lie within the Birmingham Environmental Partnership which is part of Be Birmingham, the city’s Local Strategic Partnership.The Partnership aims to bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors, to provide leadership and ensure joined-up working on environmental and sustainability issues. These issues include the physical environment, climate change, waste, energy management, and sustainable procurement

The City Council and its Environmental Partnership will seek to develop demonstrator projects, host dissemination events and support production of dissemination material for the project.


Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

The Centre for Low Carbon Technologies sits within the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment at Birmingham City University. The Centre draws upon expertise across the faculty in the areas of low carbon transportation, bioenergy, and intelligent construction.

For the past 5 years the Centre has organised and hosted a biofuels Special Interest Group which has attracted key stakeholders from across the biofuels sector, These have included suppliers of feedstocks, suppliers of transesterification and processing technologies as well as end users. The Centre can also bring key facilities to the programme including a state of the art anaerobic digestion test facility. Our expertise in the development of knowledge based platforms will offer a unique and robust tool for the design of small scale bioenergy schemes.


Cluster TWEED, Belgium

TWEED (Technologie Wallonne Energie, Environnementet Développement durable) consists of more than 95 companies active in the sustainable sector (SMEs, universities, R&D centres, manufacturers, etc.). TWEED plays a major role in the business development of the “sustainable energy” sectors in the Wallonne Region. It is managed by a staff of coordinators and a Board of directors composed of professionals from the sustainable energy sector. TWEED’s mission is to support investments in production and exploitation of sustainable energy by gathering opportunities around concrete projects.


European Biomass Industry Association, Belgium

European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA) groups together market forces, technology providers, and knowledge centres active in the field of biomass. EUBIA’s main objective is to support European biomass industries at all levels, promoting the use of biomass as an energy source, developing innovative bioenergy concepts and fostering international co-operation. EUBIA intends to encourage the use of biomass for transport, heating and electricity generation by strengthening European policies in these sectors, protecting industrial interest, identifying new opportunities, promoting job creation and better environment conditions. EUBIA’s extensive experience in the bioenergy field from coordination and participation in a number of high-level, international projects and promotion activities, including technical expertise and project dissemination (organisation of workshops, seminars, media and press activities, training activities, development of e-tools etc) will provide a strong contribution to the project.


Harper Adams University, United Kingdom

Harper Adams University (HAU) is a university that is closely related to the needs of the rural economy and industries reliant upon the rural economy, with a specific commitment to sustainable agriculture, re-establishing connections between food producers and consumers, and knowledge transfer to support the rural economy. The university of over 4000 students runs a 550 hectare farm with arable and livestock operations. It recently opened a Postgraduate and Professional Development Centre and is well placed to promote disseminate the project activities to the rural sector.

HAU operates an anaerobic digester plant, handling 14000m3 of animal slurry and 8500m3 of food waste annually. The digester facilities supplies heat and power (500kW) to its campus on a commercial basis through biogas fired CHP and an on-campus heat grid.


IZES gGmbH, Germany

The IZES gGmbH (Institute für ZukunftsEnergieSysteme) was founded in November 1999 as an associated institute to the University of Applied Sciences Saarbruecken. Since 2005 and after merging with the Energy Agency of the Saarland (later AZES GmbH), IZES is operating as a non-profit organisation/limited. Currently, the interdisciplinary team consists of professors and scientific employees with diverse educational backgrounds, as for instance: environmental, mechanical, civil and agricultural engineering, economics, environmental law and policy, forestry, energy technology, social science, chemistry and computer science. The IZES gGmbH is advising, accompanying and carrying-out activities to initiate, devise and realise innovative measures for a rational energy use and for the application of renewable energies. Its focus is on applied research and development in the fields of Energy Markets, Material Flow Management and Buildings but has also expanded to Social Science Energy Research. Its Technology Centre (TEZI) offers testing and analysing benches for different energy converters and energy sources/carriers. Here tests can be performed at CHP-units and biomass boilers up to a power of 100 kW thermal and 100 kW electrical. The department Material Flow Management is addressing bioenergy production and utilisation, waste and resource management and material based process and utilisation chains in the context of sustainability and climate protection. The activities comprise of the development of regional and transnational bioenergy strategies, biomass master plans, zero-emission-strategies, material flow management concepts and life cycle assessment and inventories.


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded in 2009 by a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe.

KIT bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: A university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation.


Mairie Des Mureaux, France

The city of Les Mureaux, west of Paris has 32,614 inhabitants. The city has 5,159 homes that are social housing – 46% of the whole housing stock. The population is mainly young with 60% under 40. The town plans realised a carbon assessment and is elaborating action plans to reduce greenhouse gas by 20%.

In 2008, the city of Les Mureaux agreed a common energy strategy with 8 social housing companies. This strategy has 4 main aspects: the implementation of a district heating system, heated with biomass; improved energy efficiency of buildings, based on energy audits for all social houses and for public buildings; influencing the tenants’ behaviour; systematic monitoring and assessment of the results.


RITTMO Agroenvironnement, France

RITTMO Agroenvironnement was created as Technological Resource Centre by the French Ministry of Research and Technology. It brings together a set of companies and academic departments at the forefront in the fields of agronomy and biotechnology: the national institute of agronomic research; the university of Haute-Alsace; the French Institute of Wine; the professional organization of biological agriculture in Alsace; the Cross-Border Institute for agronomic application and development; the association for agricultural relaunch in Alsace; the union of agricultural recycling on the Upper Rhine; ARVALIS-the plant’s Institute; the departmental veterinary laboratory; the national forestry office; an agricultural college; the interprofessional committee of alsatian wines; Alsace vitae.


Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven, Netherlands

SamenwerkingsverbandRegio(SRE), Eindhovenis an inter-municipal co-operative union in which municipalities co-operate in order to promote common interests in the field of spatial planning, traffic and transport, housing, the environment, recreation and tourism, education, health, culture and socio-economic affairs. The purpose is to bring about a balanced development of the region, in which there are rural districts in addition to a clearly defined urban district, each with its own set of problems and opportunities. The working area covers 21 municipalities with a total population of almost 725,000.
The Regional Council task is for example to define town and country planning, an environmental policy plan and a socio-economic policy plan.



Contact Local Bioenergy Centres in UK

Aston University (European Bioenergy Research Institute)

Contact:Joanna Fletcher
Telephone:+44 (0)121 204 4303

Contact Local Bioenergy Centres in Netherlands

Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven

Contact:Barbara Marcus
Telephone:0031 402594458

Contact Local Bioenergy Centres in Germany


Contact:Michael Porzig & Bernhard Wern /
Telephone:+49 681 9762-170

Contact Local Bioenergy Centres in France

Fondation Européenne pour des Territoires Durables – Fondaterra

Contact:Diego Courtois
Telephone:+33 1 39 25 36 40

Contact Local Bioenergy Centres in Belgium

Cluster TWEED

Contact:Olivier Ulrici
Telephone:+32 4 242 47 60

Cluster TWEED Copy

Contact:Olivier Ulrici
Telephone:+32 4 242 47 60

Cluster TWEED Copy

Contact:Olivier Ulrici
Telephone:+32 4 242 47 60