Current status of Bioenergy in Portugal

Portugal National Day Conference

Biomass in Portugal represents about 14% of the total primary energy consumption, which accounts to about 50% of total RES share. Portugal´s Southern European geographical location, in the cross of the Atlantic and Mediterranean climate zones, enables a diversified agricultural and forest production leading to a diverse biomass feedstock for bioenergy and bioproducts production. Currently, a major issue in the country is the prevention of forest fires through a sustainable forest management taking into consideration economic, environmental, and social dimensions. Before 2020, five new power plants will enter in operation with a total of 71 MWe, with a total forest residual biomass consumption of about 700.000 ton/year. Moreover, it is planned the promotion of decentralized small-scale heat-producing biomass plants dimensioned for the locally identified heat needs (industrial heat networks, services or municipal equipment). The installation of advanced biorefineries is also being considered to fully deploy a fully sustainable bioenergy-based system towards the circular bioeconomy goal. The National Plan for Promotion Biorefineries (RCM nº 163/2017) is the national guideline for promoting next-generation biomass-based industries for 2030.

This event will gather experts from industry and research into three sessions dedicated to heat and power applications, forest biorefineries, emerging technologies and biomass markets.

The agenda will include presentations on the following topics:

  • Role of biomass in the Portuguese energy system
  • Thermal energy solutions for domestic uses
  • Forest fuels for production of thermal energy for industrial applications
  • Power production from residues using a rotary kiln
  • Emerging technologies for biorefineries
  • Biomethane for use in vehicles
  • Kraft pulp and paper mills biorefineries
  • Biorefining forest biomass towards a sustainable thinking about forest, natural resources and bioenergy

A key-note speaker from Lithuania shall present the BALTPOOL experience – Biomass traded as commodity, that will be followed by a roundtable to discuss the challenges and solutions for creation biomass markets linked to forest and land management.

Draft Agenda

14:30 – 14:45 Welcome | Opening Session

  • Political Opening
  • Maria da Graça Carvalho, EUBCE-2019 General Chair

14:45 – 16:00 | SESSION 1 – Biomass for heat and power in Portugal

Chair: Clemente Pedro Nunes, IST/University of Lisbon

14:45 – 15:00
The role of biomass in the Portuguese energy system
João Bernardo, Directorate General of Energy, DGEG

15:00 – 15:10
Biomass as a viable and cheap way to produce thermal energy for domestic heating
Nuno Sequeira, Solzaima

15:10 – 15:20
Production of thermal energy for industrial applications
Fernando Monteiro, Ecotoro Energia

15:20 – 15:30
The rotary kiln as a new way to produce power from bio-residues
Paulo Preto dos Santos, Termogreen

15:30 – 16:00
Biomass traded as commodity: BALTPOOL experience

Keynote speaker  Nemunas Biknius, BaltPool

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee break

16:20 – 17:20 | SESSION 2 – Roundtable – How to create biomass markets linked to forest/land management
Chair:  Helena Freitas, University of Coimbra

Carlos Alegria, APEB-Associação dos Produtores de Biomassa
Américo Mendes, Associação Florestal do Vale do Sousa
Leonel Marto, Martos, Paletes e Pellets
Gonçalo Alves, SmartForest

17:20 – 18:20 | SESSION 3 – New biomass value chains through emerging biorefineries
Chair: Ana Luisa Fernando, New University of Lisbon

17:20 – 17:40
Emerging technologies: An option for Portugal?
Francisco Gírio, National Laboratory for Energy and Geology LNEG

17:40 – 17: 50
Emerging technologies for effective biomass fractionation for bioliquids and biofuels
João Carlos Bordado, IST/University of Lisbon

17:50 – 18: 00
Biomethane for vehicles from MSW
Nuno Moreira, Dourogas

18:00 – 18: 10
Kraft pulp and paper mill biorefineries
Carlos Pascoal Neto, RAIZ-Forest and Paper Research Institute

18:10 – 18: 20
Biorefining forest biomass towards a sustainable thinking about forest, natural resources and bioenergy
Rui Carreira, CMC Biomassa

18:20 – 18:30 Closing remarks

Monday 27 May

14:30 – 18:30 | Room: 5C

Free of charge upon registration through EUBCE User Area

Contact person:

Francisco Gírio, National Laboratory for Energy and Geology LNEG


The event will be free of charge upon registration through EUBCE user area.
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Please note that this Programme may be subject to alteration and the organisers reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice.