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25.09.2023 15:03

Status Conference Bioenergy presents diverse research contributions to the energy transition

Paul Trainer M.A. Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum

    At the recent Status Conference Bioenergyin Leipzig, more than 150 scientists from the Bioenergy Research Network met with representatives from industry and politics to discuss the exciting potential of biogenic residues and waste materials for the energy transition. In over forty talks, five workshops and a poster session, researchers and companies presented innovative research achievements and current scientific topics. The conclusion of the three-day conference: Bioenergy is a valuable piece of the puzzle towards a flexible and resilient energy system of the future and at the same time makes a substantial contribution to the circular economy.

    Energy from biogenic resources is an essential building block for the energy transition. As a supplement to weather-dependent solar or wind energy, it has great potential, especially due to its storage capacity and flexibility. For example, it can cover the high-temperature heat requirements of industrial processes. Bioenergy can be obtained from the most amazing sources such as sewage sludge, green waste or waste from food production. Through innovative technologies, it is also possible to gain products such as biochar, CO2 and nutrients for a sustainable bioeconomy in addition to energy use.

    These research approaches are bundled in the "Biomass to Energy" funding area of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and were presented at the three-day Status Conference Bioenergy 2023. The spectrum of topics at the status conference ranged from "Efficient Sewage Sludge Utilisation" to "Bio-based Hydrogen" and "Emission Reduction of Biomass Firing Systems". In his keynote speech, Timo Haase, Energy Research Funding Officer of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), described the energetic use of biogenic residues and waste materials as a valuable piece of the puzzle for a resilient energy system and thanked the members of the Bioenergy Research Network for their important input. The results also flowed into the new energy research programme of the BMWK, which is currently being worked on. In the future, meeting the high-temperature heat requirements of industrial processes will be an important development task. Therefore, the funding of research and development projects in the field of bioenergy will continue at the usual level, Haase said.

    In her summary, Prof. Dr Daniela Thrän (UFZ/DBFZ/University of Leipzig), a scientist from Leipzig, drew a positive conclusion to the event and the work done so far in the funding area: "Our aim with this year's 11th status conference was to evaluate research results, bring together different perspectives, develop ideas and jointly shape the future of bioenergy in the energy transition. The basis for this is provided by technologies and concepts for biogenic residues and waste materials that have been developed over the past decades in the funding area of the BMWK and are not only being intensively discussed in the Bioenergy Research Network, but are also receiving actual support for rapid market introduction. With events like the status conference, we have created an excellent platform for this and, in my view, achieved very good results." The next Status Conference Bioenergy is expected to take place in autumn 2025.

    The conference reader for the Status Conference Bioenergy 2023 is available as a free download: (german language)

    Funding programme "Biomass to Energy".

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has been promoting the further development of the energetic use of biomass use since 2008. The focus of the funding programme lies on forward-looking, efficient and cost-effective technologies for electricity and heat generation and in the transport sector. The promotion of the energetic use of biomass was initiated in 2008 by the Federal Environment Ministry with the programme "Funding of research and development for climate-efficient optimisation of the energetic use of biomass". In 2014, the programme moved to the BMWK's area of responsibility. Since 2016, the programme has been part of the BMWK's energy research networks as the BIOENERGIE research network.

    Smart Bioenergy – innovations for a sustainable future

    The DBFZ works as a central and independent thinker in the field of energy and material use of biomass on the question of how the limited available biomass resources can contribute to the existing and future energy system with sustainability and high efficiency. As part of the research the DBFZ identifies, develops, accompanies, evaluates and demonstrates the most promising fields of application for bioenergy and the especially positively outstanding examples together with partners from research, industry and public. With the scientific work of the DBFZ, the knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of energy and integrated material use of renewable raw materials in a biobased economy as a whole should be expanded and the outstanding position of the industrial location Germany in this sector permanently secured –

    Wissenschaftliche Ansprechpartner:

    Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän
    Phone: (0)341 2434-435

    Tina Händler
    Phone: +49 (0)341 2434-554

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    Panel discussion at the Status Conference Bioenergy 2023
    Panel discussion at the Status Conference Bioenergy 2023
    Rico Ehrentraut
    © DBFZ, 2023

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    Panel discussion at the Status Conference Bioenergy 2023

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