Socio-technical energy systems that contain digestion, biogas solutions, usually have very good sustainability performance because they simultaneously treat waste, produce renewable fuel and create renewable plant nutrients. There is a lot of substrate available, the is a huge demand for its products, but only a fraction of the potential is utilized. Within BSRC, the role of research is to create new knowledge and competence that can support a coordinated adjustment.
The Biogas Solutions Research Center (BRC) works transdisciplinary to create new knowledge through the meeting between many different disciplines and between researchers and practitioners. The focus is on delivering knowledge, competence, international exchange, in-depth collaboration between scientific disciplines and with practitioners, new solutions and analyzes of the contribution to a sustainability transition to actors along the value chain, to the biogas sector and to communities at large.
Communication, networking, education and internationalization are tools for achieving the centre's vision, strategy and goals of realizing the sustainability potential of biogas solutions.
BRC is financed to one third by the Swedish Energy Agency, one third by the academic parties Linköping University and SLU and one third by the participating parties from business and the public sector. Participants from business and the public sector contribute not only with funding in the form of money, but also with a large investment of time and commitment. They actively participate in the research activities and have the opportunity both to influence the activities and to use the results commercially.
The researchers come from five departments at Linköping University and four different departments at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
The center is administered from Linköping University.
BRC also has about 40 partners and members from business and the public sector.