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Optimisation of the use of biomass for energy production (Optimierung der energetischen Biomassenutzung)--a funding programme introduces itself

Daniela Thrän1*, Diana Pfeiffer2, Angela Gröber2, Stefan Steiert3, Vanessa Zeller2, Christian Weiser4, Peter Deumelandt5, Peter Zimmermann6 and Wolfgang Wimmer7

Author Affiliations

1 Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ, DBFZ Deutsches BiomasseForschungsZentrum gemeinnützige GmbH, Leipzig, Germany

2 DBFZ Deutsches BiomasseForschungsZentrum gemeinnützige GmbH, Leipzig, Germany

3 Zentrum für Sonnenenergie und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Stuttgart, Germany

4 Thüringer Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (TLL), Jena, Germany

5 Institut für nachhaltige Landbewirtschaftung e.V. (INL), Saale, Germany

6 agnion Operating GmbH & Co.KG, Pfaffenhofen, Germany

7 Biomassehof Achental GmbH & Co. KG, Grassau, Germany

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Energy, Sustainability and Society 2011, 1:7  doi:10.1186/2192-0567-1-7

Published: 9 December 2011

Abstract

In 2009 the German funding programme for "Promoting Projects to Optimise the Use of Biomass for Energy Production" ("Biomass for Energy") has started and fostered a wide range of projects to combine sustainable energy supply and climatic protection. Certain projects are described to give an idea of the wide range of projects and the different aspects of sustainability which are addressed. Additionally a first product for the planned quality assurance of the results via a dedicated method handbook is given.

Keywords:
biomass; bioenergy; residues; biomass gasification; regional bioenergy; climatic protection; sustainable energy supply; biomass incineration; biomass combustion; Absorption Enhanced Reforming Technology (AER); polygeneration; SNG (Renewable "Substitute Natural Gas"); Heatpipe-Reformer; co-generation; wood gasification plant; method handbook; greenhouse gas emission (GHG); supplying costs; life cycle assessment