BERG aims to apply chemical engineering science and technology to help provide the world with sufficient energy, fuels and chemicals from renewable and sustainable biomass resources to meet tomorrow's needs.
Areas of expertise: it investigates all aspects of thermal processing of biomass and waste by fast pyrolysis and gasification. It carries out complementary work on pretreatment, product upgrading, chemical production, system design and technical and economic evaluation.
Target audience: UK public and scientific community, EU & international scientific community, worldwide energy industry.
- Pyrolysis for production of liquid (bio-oil), gas and charcoal,
- Gasification for production of gas for use as fuel, for production of hydrogen, or for synthesis of transport fuels and chemicals,
- Combustion for production of heat that can be used for heat and/or power production.
- Fermentation to alcohol, or bio-ethanol, that can be used for transport fuels or power,
- Digestion (anaerobic digestion) to bio-gas - a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide - that can be used for heat and/or power.
- Production of vegetable oils that can be upgraded to bio-diesel, and extractives
BERG focuses it efforts on thermal processing and particularly fast pyrolysis for production of liquids that can be used as fuels or as a source of chemicals.