Topic 5: Bioenergy Integration
(Please refer to https://www.eubce.com/conference-topics.html for a full list of sub-Topics within Topic 5)
There is one visual/poster session on Monday afternoon on the whole of Topic 5 “Bioenergy Integration “. Commencing at 16:20, session 5AV.3 on “Deployment of Biomass and Alternate Fuels in Evolving Modern Energy Systems” covers a number of options concerning technology integration, for example using solar power and solar driven thermal processes, maintaining stability of electricity grids that are subject to fluctuating demand, operating bioenergy processes in flexible modes and for flexible feed-ins to grids, micro-grids in developing countries, and energy storage using the products of biomass conversion. The session also deals with alternative fuels and their most important building blocks, for example bio-SNG from sewage sludge. In addition, market perspectives for biomass production and how to reduce financing risks are addressed; examples given are, market dynamics for advanced lignocellulosic biofuels, supply chain management for bioenergy carriers and risk assessment for financing bioeconomy projects.
There is one oral session for Topic 5.1, “Strategies for biomass integrated into energy systems”, starting at 09:00. Session 5BO.4 on “Integrating Bioenergy in the Energy System” addresses a number of aspects including modelling to determine the optimal transition from raw materials to products and to quantify the energy and carbon flows for entire conversion paths, the comparison of the carbon cycle for several sources of carbon and energy, creating trust using scientific evidence to raise awareness in the deployment of sustainable bioenergy, and boosting education, research activities and future careers in the European bio-based industry.
There are three oral sessions for Topic 5 on Wednesday. Starting at 09:00 jointly for Topic 5.2, “Technological options for energy grid balancing”, and Topic 5.5, “Citizen awareness and engagement: Education, promotion and inclusion”, is 5CO.2 entitled “Technological Options and Assessments for Energy Integration”. This session addresses some of the potential integrated technologies within for the emerging bioeconomy, for example hydrothermal liquefaction with carbon capture for BECCS, waste gasification coupled with solid oxide fuel cell power for grid balancing, flexible storage to facilitate demand-driven biogas plants and the technical challenges of biomethane grid injection as well as renewable hydrogen storage and solutions to balance the future European electric grid.
Commencing at 15:10 for Topic 5.3, “Alternative renewable fuels”, is session 5CO.9 with the same title, “Alternative Renewable Fuels”, and which presents a range of opportunities for Power-to-X, hydrogen and other alternative fuels. There is a special focus on potential integration within the bioeconomy and the opportunity of using alternative fuels to increase the efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas and polluting emissions.
Finally, for Topic 5.4, “Market implementation, investments & financing”, and starting at 16:20 is session 5CO.13 on “Market Perspectives for Biomass in the Green Deal”. This session presents the market perspectives and the required conditions to make this market grow within the EU Green Deal. All sectors: biofuels, bioproducts and sustainable biomass production are incorporated, for example, the contribution of biofuels in greening the EU’s waterborne transport sector, biofuels in aviation, the uptake of bio-based products and implementing forest landscape restoration for sustainable bioenergy.