TOPIC 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; Resources mapping.
1.2 Biomass feedstock, residues and by-products
Supply of residues and by-products from agriculture and forestry: production of short rotation woody biomass: characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage; Biomass plantations increasing sustainability.
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; 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
Anaerobic digestion process characterisation; Plant and fermenter concepts; Optimising conversion, improving design and process integration; Dry fermentation and thermophilic processes; Anaerobic fermentation of innovative feedstocks (straw, waste, algae, etc.); New process design and integration; Biogas utilisation for power, CHP and poly-generation.
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.
3.2 Pyrolysis and other biomass liquefaction technologies
Production of liquid bioenergy carriers from solid biomass: Fundamentals and studies; Technology development; Broadening feedstock base; Process improvement, optimisation and modelling; Hydrothermal liquefaction, bio-crude-oil purification, upgrading and utilisation (combustion, 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.
Upgrading of methane rich gases (biologically and thermochemically produced); Biomethane injection into the grid; Technological improvements; Measurement and control systems.
3.5 Bioethanol and sugars from lignocellulosic biomass
Lignocellulosic ethanol, other alcohols: pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass, cellulose hydrolysis, C6 and C5 fermentation; Innovations in bioethanol 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, certification and standards
Sustainability schemes, chain of custody, biobased feedstocks and final products certification, national and international standards related to sustainability; Certification and labelling for bioenergy and bio-products; Monitoring certification and tracking.
4.3 Environmental impacts of bioenergy
Impacts on land (including compost, digestate, biochar, agricultural intensification, soil health), water and air emissions (carbon capture, climate change mitigation, pollutants as well as GHG) of biomass conversion technologies; land use change impacts, monitoring indirect land use impacts; life cycle analyses; Impacts of bioenergy on local, traditional use of biomass in the developing world; Agro-environmental assessments in temperate and tropical regions; Bioenergy and food security; Impact of biomass production on ecosystem services.
4.4 Resource efficient bioeconomy and social opportunities
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; Cascading use of biomass; Benefits of biomass and bioenergy for society; Socio-economic opportunities, competition and risk mitigation of the increased use of biomass for food, feed, fibre, fuel, health, bio-materials and green chemistry; Innovation, growth, job creation; Education and training.
4.5 Biomass strategies and policies
Bioenergy policies and targets for 2030 and beyond; Bioenergy contribution to a low carbon economy; National, regional, local bioenergy and bioeconomy strategies; Support programmes; Rural development; Strategies for international cooperation; Biomass utilisation concepts for bioenergy and biobased products; Renewable energy action plans; Strategies for the integration of bioenergy into a bio-based economy.
TOPIC 5: BIOENERGY INTEGRATION IN ENERGY SYSTEMS
5.1 Integration of bioenergy with other renewable and conventional energy sources, combination of energetic and material use
Concepts and approaches for flexible bioenergy integration; Bioenergy and off-grid systems; Practical applications of integrated (renewable) energy systems; Planning for integrated bioenergy projects; Biomass energy storage in integrated systems; Integration of bioenergy in processes with high energy demand; Bioenergy and CCS.
5.2 Bioenergy and grid balancing
Electricity and gas grid balancing concepts; Bioenergy use and high RES integration; Poly-generation energy networks; Biogas integration into gas grids; Renewable energy villages and buildings; Bioenergy in weak grids; Bioenergy as backbone in rural electrification concepts.