Innovation: Biomass Energy Europe

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residues, waste, resource assessment, biomass, agriculture, biofuels, forestry, information analysis, bioenergy, renewable sources of energy, standards, sustainable use of natural resources, gmes, sustainable development, earth observation, inspire, information and communication technology applications
The objective of the project is to harmonise biomass resource assessments, focusing on the availability of biomass for energy in Europe and its neighbouring regions. This harmonisation will improve the consistency, accuracy and reliability of biomass assessments, which can serve the planning of a transition to renewable energy in the European Union. The project activities will include (i) the analysis of recently conducted biomass resource assessments, (ii) the analysis of policy backgrounds, sustainability criteria and user requirements, (iii) the analysis of currently applied methodologies, (iv) an inventory of data sources and ongoing activities aimed at improved data quality and accessibility, (v) a proposal for a harmonised biomass potential assessment methodology, (vi) an illustration and validation of the developed approach in case studies at EU-27, the Pan-European level and for select countries, (vii) an evaluation of the harmonised approach and ? if necessary ? the
identification of priorities for further development. The major focus will be (1) on methodological and dataset harmonisations fostered by ongoing research of a multidisciplinary team of project participants and (2) on the opportunities of utilising both earth observation and terrestrial data for biomass assessments and the integration of multiple data sources. The relevant sectors that will be investigated are forestry, energy crops and residues from traditional agriculture and waste. The consortium will build on its complementary sectorial expertise, which will allow the production of sector-overarching studies, taking competitive and economic aspects into account. Intensive scientific cooperation and dissemination will comprise the discussion of its objectives, interim and final results with stakeholders including the EC DGs, EEA, Eurostat, UN/ECE, research, industry, national ministries and associated authorities and sectorial organisations (ren. energy, agriculture, forestry,
waste)

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Objectives and approach

The objective of the BEE (Biomass energy Europe) project is to increase the accuracy and reliability of biomass resource assessments for energy. A common interdisciplinary team, 16 partners from 9 European countries, with complementary thematic and regional experience aims to achieve this by:
- Coordinating research and development of leading research and development organisations in that field
- Analysing studies on currently available biomass resource assessments, available methodologies and datasets the policy background and user requirements
- Formulating the best practises, including both simple and advanced methods
- Disseminating and promoting project results and discussion of these in the research, and with the user and stakeholder community, in order to achieve the maximum reception, acceptance and impact
- Actively involving stakeholders, entities and initiatives responsible for providing and maintaining basic databases and resource potential studies.
The relevant sectors to be investigated are forestry, energy crops and residues from traditional agriculture and waste.

Brief characterisation of major achievements since the beginning of the project:

WP2 Dissemination and networking
A project web page with a public and internal part has been established. Via flyers in several languages, presentations at meetings and conferences and newsletters that are jointly distributed with the twin project Ceubiom: http://www.ceubiom.org , awareness of the BEE project and its results has been achieved.

WP3 Status of biomass resource assessment
The status of biomass resource assessments has been analysed based on a review of assessment studies with a characterisation and comparison of approaches, data used and quantitative results achieved. In parallel, the policy background was analysed and user requirements have been assessed. This work builds the foundation for the analysis of biomass resource assessments in WP4.

WP4 Analysis of biomass resource assessments
The first cycle of the analysis of methods and data sets has been performed. Major critical issues that lead to the large divergence and uncertainty of assessments on the availability of biomass for energetic have been identified. This analysis builds the base line for the WP Harmonisation of biomass resource assessments.

WP5 Harmonisation of biomass resource assessments
A first version of the report Harmonisation of biomass resource assessments with the two volumes has been produced: Volume I: Best practices and methods handbook; and Volume II: Data sources handbook. This report will be updated after a period of intensive review (including the consideration of most recent R&D results) and based on experiences of the illustration cases.

WP6 Illustration cases
The illustration cases will demonstrate on EU, national and regional level the methodological approaches described in the handbook. The work on all illustration cases has begun and the final results will be available in July 2010.

Outlook

Major events and dissemination of the project findings are a symposium and workshop to be held in April and in November 2010 in cooperation with the twin project CEUBIOM.

Expected impact

- Contribution to a harmonisation of future biomass resource assessments for energy
- Better understanding and classification of the potential of biomass use for bioenergy in the EU
- Contribution to a harmonisation of the integration of sustainability and competitiveness aspects in biomass resource assessments.

Collaboration sought: N/A

Source of support: CEC

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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Biomass Energy Europe

Acronym: 
BEE

Runtime: 
01.03.2008 to 30.11.2010

Status: 
completed project

Organisations and people involved in this eco-innovation.

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ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

(Germany)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Mr. DEES Matthias

Website: http://www.uni-freiburg.de

Phone: +49-7612034367

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B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

(Netherlands)

Contact person: Mr. AKGUL Suleyman

Website: http://www.btgworld.com

Phone: +31-53-4861184

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CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

(Sweden)

Contact person: Ms. STENUDD Kurt

Website: http://www.chalmers.se

Phone: +46-317724046

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EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

(Finland)

Contact person: Ms. KIRSI Loisa

Website: http://www.efi.int

Phone: +358-107734325

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FACULTY OF FORESTRY,UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB

(Croatia)

Contact person: Prof. KAJBA Davorin

Website: http://www.sumfak.hr

Phone: +385-12352427

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INSTITUT FUER ENERGIE UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GMBH

(Germany)

Contact person: Dr. REINHARDT Guido

Website: http://www.ifeu.de

Phone: +49-6221476731

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INSTITUTE FOR FUELS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

(Poland)

Contact person: Dr. KULCZYCKI Andrzej

Phone: +48-225100200

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INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

(Austria)

Contact person: Ms. RILEY Susan

Website: http://www.iiasa.ac.at

Phone: +43-2236807536

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KENTRO ANANEOSIMON PIGON KE EXIKONOMISIS ENERGEIAS (CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING)

(Greece)

Contact person: Dr. KARAPANAGIOTIS Nikolaos

Website: http://www.cres.gr

Phone: +30-2106603317

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MACEDONIAN GEOTHERMAL ASSOCIATION (MAGA)

(Macedonia)

Contact person: Dr. POPOVSKA VASILEVSKA Sanja

METSANTUTKIMUSLAITOS

(Finland)

Contact person: Ms. IISALO Leena

Website: http://www.metla.fi

Phone: +358-102112014

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NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES OF UKRAINE

(Ukraine)

Contact person: Prof. LAKYDA Petro

Phone: +380-445278528

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SCIENTIFIC ENGINEERING CENTRE BIOMASS LTD

(Ukraine)

Contact person: Dr. GELETUKHA Georgiy

Website: http://www.biomass.kiev.ua

Phone: +380-443329140

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UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

(Germany)

Contact person: Ms. GERICKE Martina

Website: http://www.uni-hamburg.de/

Phone: +49-40428387411

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UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

(Netherlands)

Contact person: Dr. FAAIJ Andre

Website: http://www.uu.nl

Phone: +31-30-2537643

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VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)

(Finland)

Contact person: Ms. MAKINEN Tuula

Website: http://www.vtt.fi

Phone: +358-207226597

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