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Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Bioenergy Research Group in €10.84m Project

EU - Aston University 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).

The four-year 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 conversion installations.

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 Tony Bridgwater 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.”

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