Innovation Projects

Innovations in biomass from planning to farm-gate

Innovators are central to the successful upscale of sustainable biomass production in the UK – and they are rising to the challenge.

Awarded a share of £32 million by the government-funded Biomass Feedstocks Innovation (BFI) programme, 12 innovation projects including Biomass Connect as a demonstration and information platform, are designing, developing and delivering new innovations, enabling the upscaling of the net zero-critical biomass sector.

Spanning the breadth of the biomass supply chain, the projects are positioned to individually and collaboratively pioneer commercially viable technologies, techniques and tools in biomass production – from seed to end market and method to machine. Innovations range from genomic selection, and autonomous robotics to aeroponics, pelletisation technology, decision-making tools, natural resource utilisation, artificial seed technology and more.

To learn more about each project’s mission, their latest news, and upcoming events, click the project tabs below.

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Accelerating Willow Breeding and Deployment (AWBD)
Rothamsted Research
Developing and demonstrating on-farm pelletisation technology to process energy crops and agricultural residues year-round
White Horse Energy
Technologies to Enhance the Multiplication and Propagation of Energy Crops (TEMPEC)
New Energy Farms
EnviroCrops – Biomass Crops decision-support and information tool
Miscanspeed – accelerating Miscanthus breeding using genomic selection
Aberystwyth University
Net Zero Willow – Building innovation robotic planting and harvesting machinery to enable the rapid expansion of the SRC biomass feedstock industry
Willow Energy
Optimising Miscanthus Establishment through improved mechanisation and data capture to meet Net Zero targets (OMENZ)
Project BIOFORCE (BIOmass FORestry CrEation): Creating geospatial data systems to upscale national forestry-based biomass production
Verna, Forest Research, and Cranfield University
Taeda Tech Project – Growing woody crops in aeroponics for a sustainable future
University of Surrey
Teesdale Moorland Biomass Project – Gaining value from moorland biomass: novel uses for heather and other upland crops
Transforming UK offshore marine algae biomass production
SeaGrown Limited