Workshop – Gasification for production of biochemicals

12 Jun, 2024
Location: Karlsruhe (DE)
Contact: Dr. Sabine Fleck
Email: Send email
Task 33RegularIEA Bioenergy

Organized by IEA Bioenergy Task 33

Date & Timing: 12. June 2024, Registration starting at 8:30
Meeting location: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus North, Building 141, 7th floor, room 735, Karlsruhe, Germany
Registration: Please send an email to the host of the meeting – Dr. Sabine Fleck:

There is also possibility for online participation.


Biomass gasification is a transformative process that converts organic materials, such as agricultural residues, wood chips, and other biomass containing waste, into valuable syngas. This syngas, a mixture of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, can be used as a feedstock for producing a variety of biochemicals, paving the way for a more sustainable and fossil-free chemical industry.

Advantages of Biomass Gasification for Biochemicals:
1. Sustainability
Using biomass as a feedstock for gasification leverages renewable resources, reducing dependency on fossil fuels. This process helps in managing agricultural and forestry waste, contributing to a circular

2. Carbon Neutrality
Biomass gasification can achieve near-carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative processes, especially when combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The CO2 released during biomass growth is reabsorbed by new plants, creating a balanced carbon cycle.

3. Versatility
The syngas produced from biomass gasification is highly versatile and can be tailored to produce a wide range of biochemicals through different catalytic and biological pathways. This flexibility makes it an
attractive option for diversifying the chemical production portfolio. Biomass gasification offers a promising route to sustainable chemicals production. By converting renewable biomass into syngas, which can then be transformed into valuable chemicals such as ethanol, methanol, and olefins. This technology supports the transition to a fossil-free chemical industry.
Emphasizing biomass gasification not only aids in waste management but also significantly contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting environmental sustainability.

Confirmed speakers from: KIT, TUWien, BASF, NextChem, BEST, SG Energy and KTH

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