IEA Bioenergy News – March 2017

Mar 2017


March 2017


IEA Bioenergy Respond to Chatham House Report

IEA Bioenergy, with the support of over 250 experts from both academia and non-academia, points out that the Chatham House report ‘Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the global Climate” does not present an objective overview of the current state of scientific understanding with respect to the climate effects of bioenergy.

Full text available here

Task 32

Workshop on new emission measurement methods, 19th January 2017

With existing test methods for biomass boilers and stoves, the emissions are tested under stationary and optimal test conditions. Under practical circumstances however, emissions may be significantly higher, e.g. during cold startup or while operating under partload. This implies that the emissions measured during type approval do not neccessarily reflect actual emissions in the field and may be significantly underestimated.

Task 32 organised a workshop on 19 Janary 2017 during the Central European Biomass Conference in Graz, Austria, to present an overview of existing emission measurement standards, and evaluate the new method that was proposed in the framework of the BEREAL project.

Report from the workshop, with all presentations and a policy recommendation paper available here.

Task 33


Task 33 Workshop “Small scale gasification for CHP”

Task 33 will host a workshop on Small scale gasification for CHP in Innsbruck, Austria on May 3rd and 4th 2017.

The registration deadline is April 10th 2017.

Links to the Preliminary Workshop and Site Visits Programs along with Registration and Travel information can be found here.

Task 37


Task 37 Updates

- Task 37 leader Professor Jerry Murphy delivered a keynote address at the ADBA R&I Forum 2017, in London, on March 28th 2017 on the role of international bodies in coordinating research efforts.

- Task 37 have published a new case study on DEN EELDER FARM: Small farm scale mono-digestion of dairy slurry. This looked at the farm's closed circuit mono digestion system which allows the farm to run on green energy produced from its own manure. The case study can be downloaded from here.

Task 43


Task 43 collaboration with Generating Renewable Energy Business Enterprise (GREBE)

Task 43 and GREBE co-organised a joint seminar From resource to sustainable business and the GREBE policy workshop in February 2017 in Joensuu, Finland. A report from the GREBE is available here.

Recent Technical Reports

Task 43 has collaborated with other IEA Bioenergy Tasks on producing two Technical Reports in 2017.

Mobilization of agricultural residues for bioenergy and higher value bio-products:  Resources, Barriers and Sustainability. The study is a collaboration between Task 37 , Task 38, Task 39, Task 40 ), Task 42, and Task 43 . Available here.

Albedo effects of biomass production: A Review. This reviews is a joint publication of Task 43 & 38. Available here.

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