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International 4Biomass Conference

Author / Source: Carina Lemke, Petr Tluka

International Conference 4Biomass

1st /2nd December 2009, Budapest


The International Conference 4Biomass took place on the 1st and 2nd of December in Budapest and was hosted by the Hungarian partner of the project, Energy Centre Hungary.


In the morning, after several preparations for the conference Interviews on general project content were held among already present project partners. These interviews can soon be seen on YouTube.

The public conference has been opened by the lead partner of the project (FNR; Mr. Birger Kerckow). Major topics of the conference were dealing with sustainable exploitation of biomass, utilization of biomass in Central Europe and REAP activities.

The first major point of the conference was a Workshop on Demoprojects on 1st of December.

It was lead by the Work Package leader Emanuele Scoditti (ENEA) and started with the presentation of the principal characteristics of this task and then continued putting in evidence the guidelines relevant to the identification of the demonstration projects. Immediately, afterwards, project partners from eight countries presented their respective examples of demoprojects. At the end of the eight presentations, Mr. Scoditti put in evidence some points, summarising the results coming out from the eight presentations: (in case of interest on those presentations please contact Carina Lemke or Petr Tluka)

  • The technology employed in the various projects was essentially the direct combustion of the biomass, followed by the anaerobic digestion for the production of biogas.
  • The final uses of the energy produced was almost always for thermal purposes.
  • Quite all the projects presented also the production of electric energy (CHP)
  • Except for three cases, the projects presented referred to small/medium size plants.
  • All the projects, even if they employed the same thermochemical technology, were different and definitely interesting from the demonstration point of view

Then the following points have been widely discussed:

  • All biomass plants/systems are theoretically ‚Äúdemo‚ÄĚ ?
  • Almost all biomass projects are National/European funded ?
  • Difficulties in the evaluation of the criteria: ‚Äúdemo- project‚ÄĚ
  • Small size is more demo‚Ķ.?
  • Is CHP the winning technology?
  • At the beginning biomass was essentially exploited for thermal uses, are we coming back?
  • The production of electric energy is still an added value?
  • Almost every project has its own local opposition committees

The discussion continued until the foreseen end, and the items of certain interest have been developed, giving exhaustive answers to the various questions placed. In particular the discussion focused on the convenience, also in terms of CO2 saving, of the production of electric energy from solid biomass instead of thermal energy, took most of the time.

After a Coffee break the difficult topic of Criteria for CE Biomass Network Centres (presentation) was discussed among the participants. Besides the big problems on financing and way of establishment (platform?) critical points of the discussion were:

  • Who is listed? Private institutions listed would give added value
  • Incentive Idea: give the first set of info for free or low fee, not market price
  • Problem: How can you assure that people asking get an answer?
    • The platform could list respective material
    • The platform could send automatic question to competence centres
    • Maybe no questions - option, just links to different topics
    • Active companies get more promotion
  • Sustainability: What happens after project termination? Who will maintain?
    • AEBIOM & national educational institutions should do the work after project termination
  • Language: only English web pages, not national languages

It was decided to ask the JTS for approval on the general idea of the website as a ‚ÄúNational Competence Centre‚ÄĚ (task for FNR/ Lemke) before more work on the design of the platform was conducted.


Open for the public, four presentations concerning the Biomass policy in Central Europe were held in the morning session of the conference.

After the lunch break, a panel discussion took place at the conference with experts discussing the following topics:

  1. Do we have the right instruments for an effective promotion of biomass in CE region?
  2. Can undesirable development like competition of use; direct and indirect land use change; threats for biodiversity; be avoided by reasonable and responsible policy for spatial and energy planning?
  3. What are the key obstacles inhibiting an intensive promotion of sustainable biomass use in Central Europe?
  4. How big is the importance of biomass utilization in our countries on national level? Are optimistic prognoses realistic?
  5. Do we really have enough biomass to satisfy the growing demand for both bioenergy and biofuels?

Experts, who took part at the panel discussion were:

  • Katalin Varga, Energia Klub, Hungary
  • Hans-J√ľrgen Froese, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany
  • Tetyana Zhelyezna, SEC "Biomass", Ukraine
  • Adam Gula, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland (presentation)

Public Relations - The conference has received major press presence as journalists from newspapers, radio and TV have attended the press conference. The project and the conference have been promoted in several Hungarian journals and newspapers as well as in radio and Hungarian TV. You can view the news in here (4Biomass news comes at 2:50 from the end)



This project is implemented through
the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF