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New energy project to support businesses across Midlands

Businesses across the West Midlands region are set to benefit from a new support programme developed by the world-leading European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University. The Business Investment in Research project will work with businesses to use bioenergy and new energy systems to support growth through new products, cost saving and commercial opportunities.

  • Aims to stimulate business growth from new energy products and sources of income
  • Companies to get expert advice to develop high-value products from waste
  • Help for businesses to exploit energy markets and advanced control systems

The business support programme will run for three years and participants will benefit from specialist support and innovative technologies to help business start-up and growth, and the development of new products. EBRI will also run a series of events – including workshops and seminars – to help companies maximise new technical and commercial opportunities. “We can help businesses take advantage of our expertise on how, for instance, to turn waste products into energy, to produce new high-value materials from waste which can then be commericialised, as well as to manage their own energy use and generation better, using advanced control systems to optimise heating, cooling and electricity” (Tim Miller, Project Lead from EBRI). EBRI will be holding a series of roadshows across participating Local Enterprising Partnerships (LEP) in the West Midlands to raise awareness of how SMEs can take advantage of their expertise. The LEPs include Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and the Marches.

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