The impacts from over 20 years bioenergy research at Aston University,
have been through influence and support for businesses to generate and use
environmentally advantageous sources of power, fuels and chemicals. Pilot
scale systems that exploit pyrolysis and gasification of biomass residues
and renewable feed-stocks are operational. The EU, UK and local
governments have developed policies with the Unit's advice on the
potential of bioenergy for power generation and waste reduction. Technical
and business advice have been provided, a new company formed, investments
made in new business directions by SMEs and large multinational companies.
This has generated new employment opportunities in consultancy, design and
manufacture of systems, social and environmental benefits, along with
greater public awareness.