Biorefining in a future BioEconomyWebsite www.task42.ieabioenergy.com
Countries Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and the USA.
Dr René van Ree
Programme co-ordinator Biorefinery
Wageningen University and Research centre (WUR)
Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Groep (AFSG)
P.O. Box 17
6700 AA Wageningen,
Assistant Task Leaders
Dr Ed de Jong
Avantium Technologies BV
1014 BV AMSTERDAM
Tel: +31 (0)20 586 80 80
Fax: +31 (0)20 586 80 85
1. Definitions and Objectives
Biorefining is the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of bio-based products (food, feed, chemicals, and/or materials) and bioenergy (biofuels, power and/or heat). Both energy-driven biorefineries and product-driven biorefineries can be distinguished. In energy-driven biorefineries the biomass is primarily used for the production of secondary energy carriers (biofuels, power and/or heat); process residues are sold as feed (current situation), or even better are upgraded to added-value bio-based products, to optimise economics and environmental benefits of the full biomass supply chain. In product-driven biorefineries the biomass is fractionised into a portfolio of bio-based products with maximal added-value and overall environmental benefits, after which the process residues are used for power and/or heat production, for both internal use and selling of the surplus to national grids.
To collect, analyse, share, and disseminate strategic technical and non-technical information – including best-practices – on biorefinery-based sustainable value chains; supporting and training industrial/SME, governmental and non-governmental stakeholders setting their position in a future BioEconomy.
2. Scope of the Task
(a) The Participants will have R&D programmes within their countries in order to meet the above objectives.
(b) The Participants will carry out co-operative research work towards reaching the objectives described in paragraph 1(b) above, based on the national R&D programmes referred to in sub-paragraph (a) above;
(a) The Programme of Work will include the following:
(i) Assessing the major market deployment aspects for integrated biorefineries
(ii) Supporting industrial/SME stakeholders finding their position in a future BioEconomy
(iii) Analysing optimal sustainable biomass valorisation approaches for Food and Non-food (incl. Energy/Fuels) applications within a market-pull approach
(iv) Preparing policy advice on further needs (regulation, research, …)
(v) Organising knowledge dissemination activities
(vi) Developing and organising training activities
Synergetic international co-operation within the IEA Bioenergy framework will potentially decrease the time-to-market for high- efficient integrated biorefineries by tackling major non-technical critical success factors at the right international level.