Our Capabilities


BioPilotsUK combines the nation’s leading expertise and facilities to help businesses develop and scale-up new sustainable processes to commercialise products from biomass, including: plants, algae, by-products and wastes. Due to the varied nature of the raw materials, or feedstocks, there is no one size fits all approach, rather a series of technologies that must be trialled and combined to maximise the opportunity.

Together, the BioPilotsUK centres can offer the key components required to accelerate and de-risk your bio-based projects, through access to:

  • highly-qualified specialists in genetic analysis, industrial biotechnology, green chemistry and chemical engineering;
  • a broad range of discovery to demonstration scale technologies to convert biomass into useful products; and
  • the accompanying analytical services and market awareness to assess viability of an idea.

We provide access to the UK’s leading biorefining centres and through them, to a number of key academic institutions pioneering new bio-based ideas as well as investors and bio-based businesses all along the supply chain.

Facilities and expertise

We can help you gain access to multiple approaches to feedstock optimisation, pre-treatment, processing and downstream processing technologies, including key areas such as:

BioPilotsUK capabilities diagram

Our facilities are all underpinned by a range of fully serviced laboratories, analytical assessment capabilities and infrastructure to support bio-based projects at every stage of development.

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“BEACON is an invaluable resource to our company. At Clifford Jones Timber we always try to be imaginative whilst adding value to our processes. Without BEACON’s scientific knowledge and research facilities we would not have been able to explore such wide-ranging and innovative concepts.”

– Alan Jones, Chairman, Clifford Jones Timber