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Posted: Mar 12, 2013
EBRI waste to energy technology awarded 'Best Technological Breakthrough'
(Nanowerk News) The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University has won ‘Best Technological Breakthrough’ for its innovative bioenergy technology, which transforms multiple waste products into cost effective heat and power.
EBRI’s Pyroformer™ won the breakthrough category at last week’s national Climate Week Awards held at the House of Commons (4 March). The technology works by heating and chemically treating waste in a single, sealed process and produces oil and gas as by-products.
Tests show that unlike other bioenergy solutions, the Pyroformer™ has no negative environmental or food security impacts. Its use of multiple feedstocks means it does not require the destruction of rainforests or the use of agricultural land for the growth of specialist biocrops. The process is emission free and the Pyroformer™ is capable of processing up to 100 kg/h of biomass feed and when coupled with a Gasifier it will have an output of 400 kWeI – the equivalent to providing power for 800 homes. As well as generating heat and power, the Pyroformer™ can dramatically reduce the amount of material sent to landfill and reduce the worlds reliance on fossil fuels.
The Pyroformer has been named 'Best Technological Breakthrough'
Tim Miller, Director of Operations at the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that EBRI has won this prestigious award at this year’s Climate Week Awards. Creating the sustainable energy solutions of tomorrow is at the core of EBRI’s work so this is a phenomenal achievement for the whole team. It shows how EBRI’s energy from waste technology is being recognised for its ability to help tackle climate change. However, the Pyroformer™ is about more than just sustainable energy provision. We believe this technology could be a key stimulator of growth and jobs and the reaction of the business community so far has been very positive. If you are looking for a clean energy source that ensures energy security without damaging people or planet, EBRI already has the solution.”
Following significant R&D investment the Pyroformer™ is now ‘near market’ and EBRI is showcasing this technology to industry to demonstrate how real-life solutions for tackling residues and waste can be achieved, with both environmental and financial benefits for households, businesses and local authorities.
The national Climate Week Awards showcase the UK’s most innovative, ambitious and effective actions to combat climate change. In total there were 14 categories ranging from sustainable business to new technologies and community action. The winners were announced during a special ceremony held at the House of Commons to mark the launch of this year’s Climate Week. The judging panel included the Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben and the Best Technological Breakthrough Category was sponsored by Ecotricity.