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Strategy developmentBiofuels

Project ID 03KB006

Biocouple - Linking of material and energetic use of biomass: analysis und assessment of the concepts and integration into existing provision and end-use scenarios

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Duration

  • 01.05.2009 – 31.12.2010

Partner

03KB006C - Öko-Institut e.V.
03KB006B - Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

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Results

Available only in German.

Topic

The further expansion of bio energy and the decision about preferred pathways of use is a highly complex topic and should depend upon various aspects. The chosen current and future conversion technologies should hold the highest possible efficiency, while the according material flows have to be controllable and assessable. Last but not least the resulting bio energy system has to have a higher benefit as the reference system. In principle, it will not be sufficient to optimize single pathways of use on their own. With a view to the manifold by products and re-use possibilities, an integrated assessment of energetic and material use of biomass will be needed, as it is explicitly applied in the concept of bio-refineries.

Aims

The aim of the project is to examine, whether this concept is qualified to supply bio energy carrier, energy and biomaterials coupled and efficient and whether it can be integrated optimal into the existing energy Systems.

Measures

Wuppertal Institute

For the accomplishment of the project, existing and future bio refinery concepts are evaluated from a top-down perspective regarding their suitability of coupled material and energetic use of biomass and the potential integration into existing material flow and energy systems. The Wuppertal Institute evaluates and deduces possible success factors of bio refineries and estimates the impacts on climate and energy policies and possibilities for system integration. A partial strategy for the integration of concepts for coupled use of biomass into an overall biomass strategy is developed.

Öko-Institut

For the accomplishment of the project, existing and future bio refinery concepts are evaluated from a top-down perspective regarding their suitability of coupled material and energetic use of biomass and the potential integration into existing material flow and energy systems. The Öko-Institute develops in cooperation with Fraunhofer UMSICHT data sets for generic types of bio refineries using the material flow model GEMIS for the calculation of life-cycle performance parameters (especially GHG emissions, resource balances, costs). The calculation includes sensitivities and insecurity of data, respectively. As well, criteria for the further development and integration of concepts for coupled use into an overall biomass strategy are derived. Options and framework for the integration in the energy system are shown and a suggestion for strategic action plan and a continuing strategy is developed.

Fraunhofer Umsicht

For the accomplishment of the project, existing and future bio refinery concepts are evaluated from a top-down perspective regarding their suitability of coupled material and energetic use of biomass and the potential integration into existing material flow and energy systems. Within the joint research cooperation, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is responsible for the technical-economical investigation of the conversion pathways and the downstream-processing. Furthermore, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is participating in the development of a partial strategy for the integration of concepts for coupled use of biomass into an overall biomass strategy.

Focus

Wuppertal Institute

  • Analysis of energy system: assessment of impacts to climate and energy policies and possibilities of system Integration
  • Development of partial strategy: deduction of success factors and integration of concepts for coupled use of biomass into an overall biomass strategy

Öko-Institute

  • Analysis of conversion pathways: technical-economical investigation of current and future bio-refinery concepts
  • Development of partial strategy: deduction of success factors and integration of concepts for coupled use of biomass into an overall biomass strategy

Fraunhofer Umsicht

  • Analysis of conversion pathways: technical-economical investigation of current and future bio-refinery concepts
  • Development of partial strategy: deduction of success factors and integration of concepts for coupled use of biomass into an overall biomass strategy

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