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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Pioneer Winner 2023

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

Building a UK wide, cohesive, regionally based community to develop and operate the platform

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Biofuels International Conference & Expo 2024

Location: Brussels

Decarbonisation, net zero and energy security are set to be hotly debated topics in 2024 with biofuels taking centre stage in helping companies and governments meet their environmental goals. Following […]

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Industrial crops for sustainable energy and materials on show at the RWAS Grass and Muck event

The Sustainable Grass and Muck event held on Thursday, 30th May 2024, at Aberystwyth University Farm, Trawsgoed, was a significant gathering for sharing knowledge on sustainable agricultural practices in the face of changing climatic conditions. The event, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, drew visitors from across the country.

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Best Practice Guidelines: Reed Canary Grass

These guidelines are written with the expectation that Reed canary grass (RCG) is being grown for the energy market. However, reference is made to other uses.

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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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Jun
Decarbonisation, net zero and energy security are set to be hotly debated topics in 2024 with biofuels taking centre stage in helping companies and governments meet their environmental goals. Following […]
18
Jun
Growing Resilience: Harnessing Biomass Crops for Climate-Proof Farming AFBI Hillsborough, Large Park, Hillsborough, NI, BT26 6DR. 18th & 19th June 2024 As climate change continues challenging the agricultural sector, innovative […]
20
Jun
The Royal Highland Show is an annual event, showcasing the best of food, farming and rural life at Ingliston in Edinburgh. Thur 20 – Sun 23 June 2024. The show […]
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News
June 11, 2024
Industrial crops for sustainable energy and materials on show at the RWAS Grass and Muck event
The Sustainable Grass and Muck event held on Thursday, 30th May 2024, at Aberystwyth University Farm, Trawsgoed, was a significant gathering for sharing knowledge on sustainable agricultural practices in the face of changing climatic conditions. The event, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, drew visitors from across the country.
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Demonstrator Hub Updates
June 06, 2024
Demonstrator Hub Updates – April 2024
The month of April has been a busy one at the Biomass Connect Demonstrator hubs. Overall, the schedule is on track. Wet weather has still been a major issue for using heavy machinery on already very sodden ground at the majority of sites. Some sites have however been able to get on the land which is a positive. Spring growth is now good across the country and we are looking forward to a productive summer season.
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Demonstrator Hub Updates
June 06, 2024
Demonstrator Hub Update – SRUC Boghall – April 2024
Gapping up and replanting have been the main activities at the SRUC Boghall Demonstrator Hub in Scotland this April. The plots are beginning to show some good signs of growth, but the weeds are growing in some too.
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Demonstrator Hub Updates
June 06, 2024
Demonstrator Hub Update – SRUC Auchincruive – April 2024
Gapping up and replanting have been the main activities at the SRUC Auchincruive Demonstrator Hub in Ayrshire this April. The plots are looking good.
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