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EERA Bioenergy

The European Alliance for excellent research in sustainable bioenergy

EERA Bioenergy is open for any scientific-technical entity actively involved in bioenergy research of the European Union to join.




2011
Since
5
Subprogrammes
36
Members


The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA AISBL) is a non-profit Association that contributes to the coordination of a massive public research effort to develop more efficient and cheaper low carbon energy technologies.


EERA is the public research pillar of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). This tightly focused SET-Plan aims at accelerating the development and market uptake of key low carbon technologies. EERA contributes through its Joint Programmes to make sure that the billions of euros invested in low carbon technologies each year are spent on the best possible solutions available.

One of those 17 Joint Programmes is the EERA Bioenergy Joint Programme that was established in 2011. In a Joint Programme, a research organisation joins institutions in other European countries to work on shared priority setting and research projects. The EERA Joint Programmes are aligned with the research priorities defined in the SET-Plan to achieve an efficient and low carbon energy in the EU. The aim of the EERA Joint Programmes is to gradually evolve into fully operational virtual research institutes.



EERA Bioenergy Joint Programme

GENERAL OBJECTIVE


EERA Bioenergy Joint Programme addresses the challenges of the European energy and environment policies from a research and innovation perspective. The main European universities, research alliances, technology centers, scientific agencies, institutes and associations involved in R&D&I in bioenergy and bioeconomy are part of EERA Bioenergy.

EERA Bioenergy promotes international co-operation to accelerate the SET-Plan priorities and actions to contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy sector, by assessing R&D&I priorities to accelerate the implementation of biomass technologies in Europe. Bioenergy in all its forms (power, heat and biofuels) is an essential component of the existing and future low-carbon technologies mix in all climate-change mitigation scenarios.

EERA Bioenergy supports the Innovation Challenges (ICs) which were endorsed at the United Nations Conference of Parties in Morocco (COP22), in particular IC4 (Sustainable Biofuels), IC7 (Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings), IC3 (Carbon Capture) and IC8 (Renewable and Clean Hydrogen). Biopower, bioheat and biofuels are able to provide significant benefits in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy security and creating new opportunities for clean economic growth.


SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES


DEVELOP

To develop a framework for the better understanding, the exchange of information and human resources, and the discussion of opportunities for collaboration.

ALIGN

To align research activities within EERA institutes to give a techno-scientific basis for further development of advanced bioenergy routes and to foster the possibilities for joint technology development.

ADVISORY

To have an advisory role to SET-Plan and to the industrial sector about biomass and bioenergy research priorities for the middle to long term.

ENFORCE

To enforce an efficient collaboration with the industrial sector as well as with the related European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs), and to achieve the interest and the mobilization of national resources to support the development of the Joint Programme activities.


PROMOTE

To promote an open discussion and analysis of the most realistic research and development alternatives to develop sustainable bioenergy.



BOOST

To boost collaborative research between the members of the Bioenergy Joint Programme and with other Joint Programmes members’, as well as other external partners outside EERA, in order to develop research and development projects that support the Joint Programme activities and the Joint Programme impact.



ESTABLISH

To develop and establish international cooperation on Bioenergy.



SHARING

To promote infrastructures sharing (including the creation of new ones) and scientist mobility in order to achieve a more efficient and relevant use of the research resources.



MAIN CHALLENGES


The main challenges of the EERA Bioenergy Joint Programme are focused on increasing the impact of the Programme:




STRUCTURE


The EERA Bioenergy Joint Programme is integrated by 5 Subprogrammes. Activities on blue biomass production and use are integrated in all of them.




SUBPROGRAMMES


Subprogramme 1: Sustainable production of biomass

> Coordinator: Dr. Jean TAYEB, from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

Aims at maximizing biomass resources for conversion plants, with the security and flexibility of supply, biomass quality, environmental sustainability, and reducing the costs of biomass feedstocks as the main challenges to be addressed.

To reach these goals, SP1 is divided into the following four R&D areas:

· Biomass from forestry
· Biomass from agriculture
· Microalgae and seaweed
· Waste


Subprogramme 2: Termochemical Platform

> Coordinator: Dr. Jaap KIEL, from ECN part of TNO

Aims at increasing the efficiency, sustainability (lower GHG emissions) and cost-competitive production of advanced biofuels and bioenergy carriers from biomass through thermochemical processing. Research areas are identified for the development of primary thermochemical conversion processes, downstream processing and advanced biofuel and intermediate carrier value chains.

To reach these goals, SP2 is divided into the following three R&D areas:

· Primary thermochemical conversion processes
· Downstream processing
· Value chain design


Subprogramme 3: Biochemical Platform

> Coordinator: Dr. Francisco GIRIO, from the National Laboratory of Energy and Geology of Portugal (LNEG)

Aims at improving the technology and developments in biochemical and chemical processes and technologies for producing advanced biofuels, including jet fuels, and the eventual co-production of other bio-based products in biorefinery approaches from all fractions of lignocellulosic biomasses; the biogas from anaerobic digestion; the syngas obtained from thermochemical biomass and bio-waste processing; and the hydrogen from biological and renewable origin.

To reach these goals, SP3 is divided into the following three R&D areas:

· Cell factories and enzymes
· Feedstock preparation, deconstruction and fractionation
· Biochemical and/or chemical conversion into advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals


Subprogramme 4: Stationary bioenergy

> Coordinator: Dr. Berta Matas, from SINTEF (Norway)

Aims at upgrading the development of efficient, flexible, affordable and environmentally friendly heat, power and cooling production from biomass. It covers all plant scales, from small residential/domestic units to medium- to large-scale bioenergy plants focusing on the conversion of woody biomass, especially important for the residential sector, and low-grade feedstocks/residual streams through combustion and gasification technologies.

To reach these goals, SP4 is divided into the following three R&D areas:

· Residential/domestic heating and cooling, including micro-CHP
· Medium- to large-scale CHCP
· Transformation of fossil fuel plants and biorefinery energy islands


Subprogramme 5: Sustainability / techno-economic analysis / public acceptance

> Coordinator: Dr. Raquel Santos, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Aims at creating a robust tool to tackle issues like the analysis of the environmental sustainability, based on relevant policy requirements, and the techno-economic analysis of bioenergy technologies and value chains, as they are essential for the successful implementation of Bioenergy.

The evaluation of social acceptance, as an indicator of the sustainability, and the determination and definition of measures, conditions and frameworks to foster the deployment of Bioenergy systems are two important purposes of this new Subprogramme.




EERA Bioenergy Activities


EERA Bioenergy Secretariat contact


Email

margadegregorio@bioplat.org

Phone

+34914009691

Where

c/ Doctor Castelo 10 3C, 28009 Madrid, Spain