Funding Programm Technical centre (Photo: DBFZ, Jan Gutzeit)

Funding Biomass Energy Use

High-quality bioenergy serves as an ideal partner in the renewable energy mix due to its various advantages, such as high flexibility, good storage properties and decentralized application possibilities. At the same time, the limited biomass has high potentials for a more efficient use.

Therefore, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) funds the development of "Biomass energy use". Promising research results are to be implemented even faster in practice. The aim is to accelerate the transfer of technology and innovation for a successful energy system transformation.

The focus is primarily on innovative, efficient and cost-effective technologies for the power, heat and transport sector à la system integration and sector coupling. Especially process and technology optimisations with a demonstration and pilot character will be funded.

In 2008, the programme "Promotion of research and development for climate-efficient optimisation of biomass energy use" was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Environment. In 2014, the programme was transfered to the BMWK. Since 2018, the "Energetic use of biogenic residues and waste" has been funded under the 7th Energy Research Programme "Innovations for the Energy Transition" (section 4.2.3 Bioenergy).

Funding announcements (only in German available)

  • Project funding "Energy use of biogenic residues and waste": Funding announcement Applied non-nuclear research funding in the 7th Energy Research Programme „Innovations for the Energy Transition“ of October 1, 2018 (Section 3.7)
  • Funding programme „Biomass energy use“: Funding announcement on the Promotion of Research and Development for the Cost and Energy Efficient Use of Biomass in the Electricity and Heat Market „Biomass energy use“ vom November 3, 2016 on the basis of the Announcement of July 9, 2015.

Topics funding announcement 2018

Pilot and demonstration projects will be funded in the following topics. They aim for a high transfer potential and strong SME participation to close the gaps between research and the market.


Further cross-sectional aspects are the development and application of:

  • suitable measurement procedures and methods
  • sector-coupled energy system models
  • long-term strategies
  • sustainability analyses
  • "Life cycle assessments"
  • standardisation of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels

Topics of the funding programme illustrated