A focal point for the community to support ambitious scaling up of the bioenergy industry and scale of planting

Demonstration and knowledge-sharing hubs to showcase best practice and innovations in land-based biomass feedstock production

Robust, independent information on biomass feedstock performance, agronomy, economics and environmental benefits

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Biomass Connect has been named the winner of the prestigious Pioneer Award at the British Renewable Energy Awards.

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Carbon Stacking: What you need to know Webinar

Location: Online

Carbon Stacking: What you need to know Tuesday 21 May 5-6pm There are lots of reasons for farmers to be interested in carbon markets, especially given the changing agricultural policy […]

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Thrushes Nesting in Pollarded Poplar Trees at the BGI Demonstrator Hub

While performing a routine morning fence inspection an unexpected sight caught my attention – a bird gliding low towards the pollarded poplar trees...

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Presentation: Crops to Products

Slides from a recent Biomass Connect presentation about the potential end-uses of biomass crops. By Jeanette Whitaker from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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Biomass Connect: Biomass Innovation and Information Platform

Biomass is the organic material from living organisms. In the context of Biomass Connect, the term refers to non-food crops where the whole aboveground plant biomass is harvested and used for a range of purposes including heat and electricity, fuel for transport, platform chemicals, and a range of construction, packaging, and cosmetic applications. Biomass crops are fast-growing, with a high potential energy content or calorific value.

Biomass Connect is a demonstration and knowledge-sharing initiative to showcase best practice and innovations in land-based biomass feedstock production. We seek to share knowledge and experiences that can make a significant contribution to agricultural, environmental and bioenergy policy development, practical on-farm advances, and overall growth in the UK’s biomass sector. The project also compares crop/variety performance in regions across the UK and demonstrates innovations which have the potential to maximise their economic and environmental benefits.

Eight demonstration hubs are located across the UK, in Ceredigion, South Ayrshire, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Edinburgh, County Down, Tyne & Wear and Yorkshire.

Biomass Feedstocks Innovation

£32m of funding has enabled 12 organisations, including 7 small and medium-sized enterprises, to deliver commercially viable innovations in biomass production.

Crop information

Biomass crops vary greatly in size and form, ranging from towering 30-meter trees to fast-growing grasses. While they typically demand limited inputs and minimal cultivation, specific requirements vary among different crops, soil types, and climates (the impacts of different soils and regional climate variations is one reason we have our demonstrator hub sites distributed around the UK). Explore the Crop Information section of this website for comprehensive details on biomass crops featured in the Biomass Connect trials, as well as other promising candidates. 

What’s On

Check out our diary of events and demos.

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May
Carbon Stacking: What you need to know Tuesday 21 May 5-6pm There are lots of reasons for farmers to be interested in carbon markets, especially given the changing agricultural policy […]
22
May
Are you looking to harness the full potential of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme? NFU Energy invites you to an exclusive webinar, the RHI Clinic, designed to empower you […]
23
May
A FUELWOOD open day weekends at their Warwickshire woodland HQ. These events are excellent opportunities to come and see one of the leading manufacturing, supply and engineering companies within the […]
What's On

Technical Articles

What we’ve been doing

News
May 01, 2024
Thrushes Nesting in Pollarded Poplar Trees at the BGI Demonstrator Hub
While performing a routine morning fence inspection an unexpected sight caught my attention – a bird gliding low towards the pollarded poplar trees...
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News
April 26, 2024
Miscanthus variety trial planting at IBERS Demonstrator Hub
In addition to these, 5 of the Biomass Connect Demonstrator Hubs also have a Miscanthus variety trial which itself has two plots, a 2023 planting and a 2024 planting. The 2024 plots are currently being planted now, so here are some photos of the IBERS team in action planting out the variety trials into the 2024 plot.
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April 25, 2024
IBERS Demonstrator Hub Miscanthus Harvest 2024
A selection of photos from the recent Miscanthus harvest at the IBERS Demonstrator Hub. The Miscanthus x giganteus was cut in the middle of March and then baled earlier this week using a round-chopper baler.
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News
April 24, 2024
Biomass Connect at the Argus Biomass Conference
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