19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition News No. 9
pfeil Chairman's Message
pfeil Message from the Technical Programme Coordination
pfeil Record number of abstracts!
pfeil International Scientific Committee
pfeil Workshop on Algae: Technology Status and Prospects for Deployment
pfeil More Information
Chairman's Message pfeil


Dear Colleagues of the Global Scientific Biomass Community,

Biomass as energy source of the future can contribute to solve two of the most important challenges humanity is facing: climate change and energy supply. 

One of the major causes of climate change is the generation of energy. Biomass can serve as a substitute for nearly all types of energy. The decisive advantage is the neutral CO2 balance, if biomass is used in an environmentally sustainable way.

Therefore our approach must be one of drawing clear distinctions when we talk about the use of biomass as an energy carrier. The German Advisory Council on the Environment calculated the national potential of biomass within several scenarios and proposes an essential role for energy from biomass. Especially as operating reserve, energy from biomass will be an important element of the future energy power generation. 

The limiting factor for the production of biomass is the finite area. Facing the nutrient demands for a growing global population almost all fertile ground will be needed for food production. Furthermore, climate unfriendly land-use changes are able to turn the bioenergy eco-balance into the opposite.

So we are determined to focus on using the big potential of biogenic residues. Straw, the biogenic fraction of municipal waste and other organic waste materials are only a few examples of bioenergy sources that until now have not been used in every country to their possible extend. However the use of such materials can also represent certain technological challenges, like flue gas cleaning or the application of more complex conversion technologies. 

And there is another competing use of agricultural areas that is the biochemical conversion of crops, primarily to substitute raw materials for the chemical industry. The use of renewable resources for the generation of base chemicals, bio-based polymers or even pharmaceuticals provides new dynamic perspectives. Because of the rising prices of crude oil, these applications will soon offer much more Economic Value Added than energy crops.

Thus, cascade use is the key towards sustainable biomass utilisation. In this case there is even no contrast between recycling and energy production, assumed that the conversion process is thought through in advance and contains optimised recycling technologies for combustion residues (or their development, where these technologies are missing).

All these issues are just a taste of the exciting topics I am pleased to discuss with you in early June 2011. I will be supported for the Coordination of the Technical Programme by Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, Dr. David Baxter and Dr. Jean-François Dallemand from the European Commission, Directorate General Joint Research Centre.

We are glad to welcome you on June 6th 2011 in the beautiful city of Berlin, the appropriate place to talk about such a future-oriented topic.

Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich,
Technische Universität München,
Director Science Center Straubing

Message from the Technical Programme Coordination pfeil


Dear Participant of the 19th European Biomass Conference,

It is with pleasure that, on behalf of the Scientific Committee, we can present again a programme for the 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition which we believe will be very attractive and make your participation worthwhile. Compared to the previous Conference held 2010 in Lyon, there was again an increase of 19% of papers to be considered by the Scientific Committee.

The contributions received and selected for the programme reflect very well that the European Union Member States indeed are committed to achieve the ambitious 2020 targets of supplying 20% of renewable energy for Europe. To make this happen, the National Renewable Energy Action Plans indicate that energy from biomass shall increase by 66%, meaning that Biomass use for electricity and transport would even double compared to 2010. Clearly this will be a challenge not only for providing the biomass feedstock, but also for an accelerated innovation in technologies of conversion, upgrade and higher combustion efficiencies.

What will be the most promising technologies to make 2nd Generation Biofuels competitive? How can we convert limited raw material resources most efficiently into electricity to buffer electricity supply from wind and solar? What will be the role bioenergy can play in the residential heating market and in particular for "CO2 free" buildings? How do we make best Europe-wide and global use of our agricultural resources and still contribute to the sustainable use of our resources? How can we speed up the implementation of sustainability certification systems for biofuels and bioenergy?

These are some of the questions we tried to give emphasis in the selection of papers for plenaries, orals and posters.

We are confident that the conference programme will give you detailed insight into the new trends, and we are looking forward to meet you at this world-class event in Berlin.

Heinz Ossenbrink

Jean-François Dallemand
David Baxter
Technical Programme Coordination
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy

Record number of abstracts! pfeil


We proudly report that more than 970 scientific and industry papers have been submitted for the 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. This year’s 979 abstracts represent an increase of 140 in comparison with the previous conference in Lyon (833 abstracts).

The global interest in the European Biomass Conference is evident in the soaring number of 67 countries where the submitted papers originated: All European countries, North and South America, Asia and Africa, as well as Australia have contributed. The abstracts received reflect the high standard and the significance of the 19th EU BC&E  for the further development of biomass.

The greater share of submitted abstracts (32%) was received for the topic of Biomass Conversion Technologies. Biomass Resources made up for 27% of abstracts and 20% were submitted for Policies, Markets & Sustainability. The topics Processes for Fuels and Technology Deployment & Industrial Demonstration accounted for a total of 21% of the abstracts.

We thank all authors for their contributions for the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Berlin!

International Scientific Committee pfeil


The Conference Programme is being prepared under the guidance of leading members of the global biomass community. The international biomass Scientific Committee, comprised of more than 150 prominent experts in their respective fields, is committed to develop an attractive and well balanced Conference Programme. Each submitted abstract is reviewed by 3 independent Paper Review Experts on average plus the Session Organisers. At least two Session Organisers from the International Scientific Committee work together as a team for each Conference subtopic, resulting in a final evaluation and selection of abstracts to compose a  Conference Programme of highest scientific quality.

Please find here the list of the 19th EU BC&E Scientific Committee members

Workshop on Algae: Technology Status and Prospects for Deployment pfeil


In conjunction with the 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission, in cooperation with Hart Energy, is organising this Workshop aiming to:

  • assess the status of the technology
  • identify research and demonstration needs, and,
  • address deployment issues.

The Workshop will address all critical issues along the value chain from algae species selection, to cultivation, to harvesting, and to downstream processing to biofuels, biochemicals, biomaterials and algae related biorefineries. If you are interested in participating as a speaker for oral or poster presentations, please contact:

Kyriakos.Maniatis@ec.europa.eu & MSoaresPinto@hartenergy.com

The Workshop Chairpersons,

Kyriakos Maniatis
Principal Administrator
Maelle Soares Pinto
Director Biofuels Europe & Africa

More Information pfeil


Please contact:

WIP - Renewable Energies
Klara Kohoutek
Tel. +49 89 720 12 765
Fax +49 89 720 12 791
E-mail: biomass.conference@wip-munich.de

International support
ETA-Florence Renewable Energies
Catherina Bernaschina
Tel. +39 055 500 2280
Fax +39 055 57 34 25
E-mail: biomass.conference@etaflorence.it


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