Aston University’s Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) hosts a unique Gasification Pilot Plant which is a distributed renewable energy demonstrator. The facility is a microgrid equipped with a biomass gasification plant, a combined heat and power generator, and smart bidirectional chargers for electric vehicles.
The biomass gasification plant is the largest gasification plant for R&D in the UK. It is a four-storey building with a fully instrumented fluidised bed gasifier for the conversion of biomass into a gaseous fuel.
The EBRI microgrid can be fully powered in terms of heat and power by a dual-fuel e ngine, which is controlled by a demand-side management system.
The Gasification Pilot Plant at EBRI has expertise and facilities for testing and developing fuel cells with commercial applications in heating and transport.
The plant is used for:
By optimising production, through catalysis and integrating conversion methods such as methanol conversion, the process of providing hydrogen can be enhanced.