TOPIC 1: BIOMASS RESOURCES
1.1 Biomass potentials and biomass mobilisation
Assessments of biomass potentials and land availability at regional, national and international levels; Assessment of recoverable biomass potential; Biomass logistics; Spatial modelling and remote sensing; Resources mapping.
1.2 Biomass feedstock, residues and by-products
Supply of residues and by-products from agriculture and forestry; Biomass mobilisation: characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage.
1.3 Biomass 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; Biomass plantations increasing sustainability.
1.4 Algae production systems
Identification, assessment and optimisation of algae strains; Technologies and systems for algae cultivation, nutrition and harvesting; Oil and chemical extraction.
1.5 Municipal and industrial wastes
Potential of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts; Availability of biowaste from MSW; Techniques for source separation; Industrial wastes; Sewage sludge, slaughterhouse waste; Integrated waste management systems.
1.6 Integrated biomass production for energy purposes
Bioenergy production integrated into food and feed farming; Sustainable management practices for agriculture and forestry integrated with biomass production for energy and material uses; Multiple product opportunities; Agro-industry options and economic prospects; Social and environmental issues.
TOPIC 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 Biomass and bioliquids combustion for small and medium scale applications
Innovative concepts for stoves, boilers, micro- and small-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 Biomass combustion in large utilities
Co-firing plants; Process monitoring; Control systems; Abatement of corrosion and fouling; Emission control; Tri-generation (power, heat and cooling); High efficient, increased steam parameters plants.
2.4 Gasification for power, CHP and polygeneration
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning and upgrading; Gas utilisation in engines, turbines and fuel cells. By-product utilisation.
2.5 Gasification for synthesis gas production
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning, reforming and upgrading for BTL and SNG applications; By-product utilisation.
2.6 Anaerobic digestion for biogas production and biogas upgrading
Anaerobic digestion process characterisation; Advanced plant and fermenter concepts; Optimising conversion, improving design and process integration; Dry fermentation and thermophilic processes; Anaerobic digestion of innovative feedstocks (straw, waste, algae, etc.); Biogas utilisation for power, CHP and poly-generation; Biogas upgrading to biomethane; Biomethane injection into the grid.
TOPIC 3: BIOMASS CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUELS, CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS
3.1 Production of thermally treated solid biofuels
Thermal treatment before densification; Thermal upgrading of solid biofuels: Torrefaction, hydrothermal carbonisation, charcoal production, etc.; Process optimisation; Products characterisation.
Production of liquid bioenergy carriers from solid biomass: Fundamentals and studies; Technology development; Process improvement, optimisation and modelling; Biocrude purification, upgrading and utilisation (combustion, chemical extraction, gasification, etc.); By-product utilisation.
3.3 Biomass hydrothermal liquefaction
Hydrothermal liquefaction, production of liquid bioenergy carriers; Broadening feedstock base (lignocellulosic feedstock, algae…); Fundamentals and studies; Technology and process improvement; Biocrude production, purification, upgrading; Value-added compounds extraction; Energy balance and techno-economic analysis.
3.4 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.
3.5 Bio-alcohols from lignocellulosic biomass and pretreatment
Lignocellulosic ethanol, other alcohols: pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass, cellulose hydrolysis, C6 and C5 fermentation; Innovations in bio-alcohol production from starch and sugar plants.
Combined production of fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass;
Process design and business development;
Process and technology integration into biorefineries; Biofuels from biochemical, chemical and catalytic conversion of sugars; Thermochemical conversion of biomass to syngas, bioenergy carriers, synthetic fuels.
3.7 Production and application of biobased chemicals
Ethylene, Propylene, Furans, Hydrogen, specialist chemicals, etc.; Production of bio-fertilizers, Bio-plastics etc.
TOPIC 4: BIOMASS POLICIES, MARKETS AND SUSTAINABILITY
4.1 Market implementation, investments & financing
Challenges of scale-up and market introduction of new technologies; Financial support schemes; Economic viability of bioenergy projects; Risk assessment of financing; Global bioenergy markets; commodities trading, contracting and long distance transport; Externalities assessment; Market stimulation policies; Innovative business models; Partnerships programmes for supply security; Initiatives for decarbonisation of the economy.
4.2 Sustainability and socio-economic aspects
Sustainability schemes, biobased feedstocks and final products certification; National and international sustainability standards;
Benefits and socio-economic opportunities; Competition and risk mitigation of the increased use of biomass; Bioenergy, food security and local, traditional use of biomass; Bioenergy and rural development.
4.3 Environmental impacts of bioenergy
Impacts on land (including compost, digestate, biochar, agricultural intensification, soil health), water and air emissions of biomass conversion technologies; Land use change impacts, monitoring indirect land use impacts; Life Cycle Analysis; Agro-environmental assessments in temperate and tropical regions; Impact of biomass production on ecosystem services; Biomass production, energy and water interactions.
4.4 Climate impacts of bioenergy
Climate impacts of bioenergy production; Climate change mitigation potential; Carbon capture and storage potentials in soils, biomaterials, etc.; Bioenergy and CCS; Life Cycle Analysis;
Assessing direct and indirect land use change potential; Carbon storage; Assessing GHG of biomass pathways; Carbon pricing.
4.5 Resource efficient bioeconomy
Approaches for efficient management of natural resources (land and water); Resource efficient agriculture and forestry; Optimum biomass utilisation for bioenergy, biofuels, biorefinery; Resource efficient value chains; Circular economy and cascading use of biomass; Competion and risk mitigation of the increased use of biomass; Biomass use for food, feed, fibre, fuel, health, bio-materials and green chemistry.
4.6 Biomass strategies and policies
Bioenergy policies and targets for 2030 and beyond; Bioenergy contribution to a low carbon economy and Emissions Trading Scheme, LULUCF emissions; National, regional, local bioenergy and bioeconomy strategies; Support programmes; Agriculture, forestry and rural development; Strategies for international cooperation; Biomass utilisation concepts for bioenergy and biobased products; Strategies for the integration of bioenergy into a bio-based economy.
TOPIC 5: BIOENERGY INTEGRATION IN ENERGY SYSTEMS
5.1 Strategies for bioenergy integration into energy systems
National strategies for the integration of bioenergy and high share of renewables; ; Planning for integrated bioenergy projects; Concepts and approaches for flexible bioenergy integration; Renewable energy communities and buildings; Bioenergy and off-grid systems; Biomass energy storage in integrated systems; Bioenergy in rural electrification concepts.
5.2 Technological options for energy grid balancing
Electricity and gas grid balancing concepts; Renewable energy and distributed systems integration; Technological options for the integration of high-share of renewables; Integrated bioenergy hybrid technologies; Integrated solutions balancing the energy system; Poly-generation energy networks; Biogas integration into gas grids.