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Project ID 03KB010

BioWtL - Utilisation of biogenic residues and wastes in thermo-chemical systems for the provision of fuels

Straw bales (Photo: DBFZ)


  • 01.05.2009 – 31.07.2012


DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH
Torgauer Straße 116
04347 Leipzig

Dr. Franziska Müller-Langer – project manager
Telephone: +49 (0) 341 2434-423

Michael Kröger – project coordinator
Telephone: +49 (0) 341 2434-432


03KB010B - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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Results only available in german.


Within this project the thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis) of biogenic residues and wastes for the provision of alternative fuels is being investigated.


The research project works on the provision of alternative fuels by thermochemical conversion. Biogenic residues and wastes which are so far not used or which could be utilized more efficiently will be applied. By utilizing these input materials the competition with food might be avoided. The research will aim on the technological feasibility for a practical utilization and also the related economic and ecologic aspects. Resulting effects on the german and european market, climate and environmental protection and the resource availability will be regarded as well.



The DBFZ is conducting a study on the potential of so far not used biogenic biomass within this joint research project. Furthermore a database is developed to contain research results of the project but also results of other research projects and publications. The products generated by the joint research partner KIT are researched respective their energetic applicability. An integral technological, economic and ecologic assessment will complete the research project.


Within the joint research project the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is responsible for the pyrolysis and the corresponding characterisation of the raw materials. The technical suitability of raw materials for the pyrolysis process is of special interest. An additional focus of research is the conversion of raw materials into standardized pyrolysis products for direct use in combined heat and power plant or as feed for biofuel-production. For the latter char and condensate are then mixed together to a so-called bio-slurry.



  • Accessible potential and legal framework conditions 
  • Analysis of input materials
  • Developement of the database on the relation of input materials and products
  • Technological, economic and ecologic analysis and assessment
  • Energetic applicability


  • Pyrolysis
  • Preparation and characterisation of feed material


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