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Heat Biomass furnace System studies

Project ID 03KB113

BioplanW - Systems Solutions for Bioenergy in the Heat Sector in Context of Future Developments

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  • 01.08.2016 – 30.09.2019


DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH
Torgauer Straße 116
04347 Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän – project manager
Telephone: +49 (0)341 2434-435
E-mail: daniela.thraen‍@‍

Dr. Nora Szarka – direct contact person
Telephone: +49 (0)341 2434-489
E-mail: nora.szarka‍@‍


03KB113B - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
03KB113C - Universität Kassel
  • Address:
  • Universität Kassel
    Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR)
    Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
    34117 Kassel
  • Contact:
  • Prof. Dr. Joseph Alcamo – Projektleiter

    Dr. Rüdiger Schaldach – Direkter Ansprechpartner
    Telefon: +49 (0)561 804-6130
    E-Mail: schaldach‍@‍

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Scientific Paper:

  • Jordan, Millinger, Thrän (2020). Robust bioenergy technologies for the German heat transition: A novel approach combining optimization modeling with Sobol’ sensitivity analysis. DOI:

  • Lenz, Szarka, Jordan, Thrän (2020). Status and perspectives of biomass use for industrial process heat for industrialized countries, with emphasis on Germany. DOI:

  • Szarka, Lenz, Thrän (2019). The crucial role of biomass-based heat in a climate-friendly Germany–A scenario analysis. Energy, Vol.186, pp. 115859. ISSN 0360-5442. DOI:

  • Jordan, Lenz, Milliner, Oehmichen, Thrän (2019). Future competitive bioenergy technologies in the German heat sector: Findings from an economic optimization approach. Energy, Vol. 189. DOI: 10.1016/

Dataset Paper:

  • Lenz & Jordan (2019). Technical and economic data of renewable heat supply systems for different heat sub-sectors. Mendeley. DOI: 10.17632/v2c93n28rj.1

Subject and aim

The motivation of the project is to represent the complex heat system and the development perspectives and competition of conversion technologies in a model and quantify their economic environmental and land use impacts in the frame of scenarios.

The aim is to derive according to the project results recommendations for policy and different heat technologies.



  • Definition of heat markets (cluster)
  • identification of scenarios
  • description of future biomass heat conversion technologies
  • environmental impacts and costs of the concepts
  • policy recommendations


  • Construction of a simulation model for the competition of biomass heat technologies
  • policy recommendations


  • Assessment of the impact of the use of conversion technologies on land use
  • policy recommendations



  • Heat market
  • scenarios
  • conversion technologies
  • LCA environmental impacts
  • costs


  • Simulation model


  • Land use impacts



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