New £25M home for BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre programme

24th Oct 2011

The doors open on Friday 21 October 2011 on a new multi million pound research facility for biofuels, brewing science and food and drink processing at The University of Nottingham. The new building will be home to one of the six BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre research programmes, set up to develop sustainable bioenergy fuels from industrial and agricultural waste materials.

The Bioenergy and Brewing Science Building on the University's Sutton Bonington Campus will also feature a new state of the art micro-brewery - small in comparison with SABMiller's new £2M pilot plant which is also housed in the building - but the biggest research facility of its kind in the country. The new food processing facility, equipped with everything from a bakery to the latest analytical equipment, will support the food industry in its quest to develop new products from conception to consumption.

Katherine Smart, Professor of Brewing Science, said: "The state of the art facilities housed in the new Bioenergy and Brewing Science Building will provide an excellent foundation for the development of innovative technologies for the global and regional brewing, food and bioenergy sectors. This would not have been possible without significant investment from the ERDF, SABMiller, BBSRC and the University for which I am very grateful."

The Food and Biofuel Innovation Centre is housed within the building and is open to businesses across the East Midlands. In particular, small and medium sized enterprises are being invited to make use of the expertise, technology and other facilities within the building to develop new products and improve their competitive edge.

Together with the Food and Drink iNnovation Network (iNET) scientists are already working with a Nottinghamshire cheese maker to examine what gives blue cheeses their distinctive taste, texture and smell. And the Derbyshire Brewers' Collective is hoping the University can find a way of tracking the thousands of beer casks that go missing every year.

The building is being officially opened by SABMiller Chief Executive Graham Mackay. There will be an address by The Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, Professor David Greenaway, and a response from Andrew Morgan Head of the ERDF East Midlands Programme Delivery Team.

Professor David Greenaway said: "The research, development and demonstration which will be carried out within this new building has the potential to be transformational and far-reaching on a local, national and international level.

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