About us

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) is a an open-access R&D centre, based at the University of York, working at the interface between academia and industry to convert plants, microbes and biowastes into profitable biorenewable products.

With biologists, chemists, and business specialists the BDC team offers a unique combination of multi-disciplinary expertise coupled with pilot-scale processing capabilities in one coordinated centre. Covering a broad spectrum of biorefining technologies, from feedstock assessment to product evaluation, the team specialise in making the most out of biorenewable materials; helping ideas to survive the valley of death; and de-risking the innovation process.

Our ambitious vision is to support the widespread use of biorenewables across the world and we have already helped almost 300 business explore bio-based opportunities by providing technical data and specialist advice to inform business decisions.

Many Yorkshire SMEs are eligible for pre-funded projects worth around £1000, through our ERDF programme.

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