Project Details


BEACON is led by Aberystwyth University in collaboration with partners at Bangor and Swansea Universities. We are backed with £10.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

BEACON will build on research already underway at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) to produce fuels from energy crops such as high-sugar grasses like rye.

Bangor University will build on work to develop new materials and chemicals from plants which can be used to develop innovative products.

BEACON will also enable Swansea University to focus on developing their expertise in using bacteria and fungi to digest, or ferment, plant matter within the biorefining process.

BEACON aims to contribute to developing renewable energy and assist in the transition to a low carbon economy with an overall objective of mitigating the impact of climate change.

BEACON is seeking to:

Establish links between the business community and academia within Wales.
Develop new products and processes that will support economic growth.
Create highly skilled jobs in the area of green biotechnology.
Support inward investment.
Promote science excellence from Wales.
Effective start/end date01 Jul 201531 Dec 2019


  • Welsh European Funding Office (C80851): £3,490,043.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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