22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E 2014)

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It highlights progress in research, technological development and production processes and brings together all key specialists from research, industry, research and industry, and policy in the biomass sector.

The 2014 conference marks the first edition where the call for abstracts is open not only for scientific presentations but also for industry-oriented presentations.

Conference Subjects


SUBJECT 1: BIOMASS RESOURCES


1.1 Biomass potentials and biomass mobilisation
Assessments of biomass potentials and land availability at regional, national and international levels; Biomass mobilisation; Biomass logistics; Spatial modelling and remote sensing.

1.2 Biomass feedstock, residues and by-products
Supply of bio-wastes, residues and by-products from agriculture and forestry: mobilisation, characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage.

1.3 Energy crops and energy grasses
Agricultural production of non-woody plant biomass: plant breeding, cultivation, characterisation and harvest technologies, logistics and storage; Novel crops and alternative cropping systems.

1.4 Short rotation forestry and short rotation coppice
Agricultural production of woody biomass: plant breeding, cultivation, characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage.

1.5 Algae production systems
Identification, assessment and optimisation of algae strains; Technologies and systems for algae cultivation, nutrition and harvesting; Oil and chemical extraction.


SUBJECT 2: BIOMASS CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEATING, COOLING AND ELECTRICITY


2.1 Production and supply of solid biofuels
Technologies for solid biofuel production: chipping, pelletising, briquetting, etc.; Production and characterisation of solid biofuels from innovative feedstocks; Solid biofuel logistics and storage.

2.2 Solid biofuels combustion for small and medium scale applications
Innovative concepts for stoves, boilers, micro-CHP, steam and stirling engines, organic rankine cycles, etc; Abatement of corrosion and fouling; Emission control; Auxiliary equipment; Tri-generation (power, heat and cooling).

2.3 Solid biofuels combustion in large utilities
Co-firing plants; Process monitoring; Control systems; Abatement of corrosion and fouling; Emission control; Tri-generation (power, heat and cooling).

2.4 Gasification for power, CHP and polygeneration
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning and upgrading; Gas utilisation and engine innovations; By-product utilisation.

2.5 Gasification for synthesis gas production
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning and upgrading; By-product utilisation.

2.6 Anaerobic digestion for biogas production
Characterisation and optimisation of anaerobic digestion; Plant and fermenter concepts; Anaerobic fermentation of innovative feedstocks; Biogas utilisation for power, CHP and poly-generation.


SUBJECT 3: BIOMASS CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES FOR INTERMEDIATES, LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUELS, CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS


3.1 Production of advanced solid biofuels
Thermal upgrading of solid biofuels: Torrefaction, hydrothermal carbonisation, charcoal production, etc.

3.2 Pyrolysis and other biomass liquefaction technologies
Production of liquid bioenergy carriers from solid biomass: Fundamentals and studies; Technology development; Process characterisation and modelling; Hydrothermal liquefaction, bio-crude-oil upgrading and utilisation (combustion tests, chemical extraction, gasification, etc.); By-product utilisation.

3.3 Oil-based biofuels
Innovative processes for the production of oil-based fuels (biodiesel, aviation fuel, etc.) from oilseeds, algae, wastes, etc; Biofuel blending, distribution and logistics.

3.4 Biomethane
Upgrading of methane rich gases (biologically and thermochemically produced) and biomethane grid injection.

3.5 Bioethanol and sugar release from lignocellulosic biomass
Lignocellulosic ethanol: Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass, cellulose hydrolysis, C6 and C5 fermentation; Innovations in bioethanol production from starch and sugar plants.

3.6 Synthetic biofuels
Production of fuels from syngas; Innovative direct conversion process, etc. (FT-diesel, jet fuels, etc.).

3.7 Biorefineries and chemicals production
Biomass pre-treatment; Integrated multi-product approaches; Combined production of fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass; Sugar fermentation to other chemicals than ethanol; Drop in fuels, bio-plastics, hydrogen, etc.; Production of bio-fertilizers.


SUBJECT 4: BIOMASS POLICIES, MARKETS AND SUSTAINABILITY


4.1 Markets, Investments & Financing
Global bioenergy markets; Bioenergy commodities trading, contracting and long distance transport; Externalities assessment; Economic viability of bioenergy projects; Financial support schemes; Market stimulation policies; Partnerships programmes for supply security.

4.2 Sustainability assessment and criteria
Life cycle analyses, sustainability schemes, certification, national and international standards related to sustainability; Labelling for bioenergy and bio-products; Support programmes; Scientific monitoring; Sustainable resource management.

4.3 Environmental impacts of bioenergy
Indirect land use change (ILUC); Agricultural intensification; Assessment of GHG reduction and carbon capture; Estimated contribution to the mitigation of climate change; Agro-environmental assessments in temperate and tropical regions.

4.4 Resource efficient bioeconomy
Biomass use by utilities; Innovation, growth, job creation; Socio-economic opportunities, competition and risk mitigation of the increased use of biomass for food, feed, fibre, fuel, health, bio-materials and green chemistry.

4.5 Biomass strategies and policies
National, regional, local bioenergy and bioeconomy strategies; Strategies for international cooperation; Biomass utilisation concepts for bioenergy and biobased products; National Renewable Energy Action Plans; Integration of bioenergy with other renewable sources; Public perception and acceptance.





Technical Programme Chairman:

  • David Baxter, European Commission, Petten, The Netherlands


Coordinator of the Industry Committee:

  • Kyriakos Maniatis, Principal Administrator in Unit C2 - Directorate General for Energy, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Wim Van Swaaij, consultant for several multinational firms: AKZO, DSM, Unilever, Shell, Solvay Duphar, TNO, BASF, Cortis-Dow
  • Angela Grassi, ETA-Florence Managing Director, Brussels, Belgium
  • Peter Helm, scientific Director at WIP-Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany

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