Project Objectives

Project Objective 1: Create and operate Bioenergy Support Centres

Bioenergy Support Centres (BSC) will be created in each of the project regions. The Centres will house information, offer training and education, as well assisting the creation of local bioenergy schemes. A feedstock testing service will be offered by the BSCs to characterise the suitability of biomass for pyrolysis and other cutting edge bioenergy technologies.

The BSCs offer a one stop information facility for bioenergy development through a library of information directed at specialist and non-technical audiences and this will support project developers in the collation of information necessary to the creation of new bioenergy schemes and therefore reduce project development costs.

Project Objective 2: Build project development decision support tools

BioenNW is developing a tool to assess the potential for bioenergy projects in specific geographical regions. The tool will capture the experience and knowledge of the BioenNW team to enable different sectors from across NW Europe to assess the potential for bioenergy developments in their region.

It removes the need for premature investment in feasibility studies and will allow potential locations for bioenergy schemes to be considered with only those with excellent potential taken forward to feasibility studies or directly to project development.

Project Objective 3: Demonstrate technology at a commercial scale

The project will demonstrate the integrated operation of pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion (AD). At the start of the project a pyrolysis unit – a Pyroformer – was installed at Harper Adams University, alongside its existing AD facility. The Pyroformer will then be installed on the Aston University campus in the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) to demonstrate the flexibility of the technology.

Data will be collected on performance of digestion and pyrolysis and the quality of the products (e.g. heat, power, gas and biochar) to provide evidence to potential users and will demonstrate how bioenergy technologies can be integrated and CHP engines can be driven by this technology.

The demonstration sites will be used for education and training purposes and will host workshops and training days at Harper Adams University College and the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University. Additionally pilot and bench scale tests of digestion from different feedstocks will be conducted to demonstrate a wide range of materials representative of digester products across North West Europe.

Project Objective 4 - Install new bioenergy schemes

Syngas can be used as fuel for a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generator.

These generators produce electricity and useful heat in a single process.

They are a very efficient; a traditional coal-fired generator has an average efficiency of 34% while CHP plants work up to an efficiency level of around 80%.