27th EUBCE, European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, signs Partnership with JIE, The Japan Institute of Energy, to strengthen their collaboration and commitment in the biomass energy field, and to build up the conditions for new opportunities to establish research cooperation networks.
Florence, 06 December 2018
The 27th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition signed an agreement with the Japan Institute of Energy with the aim to co-organize two events in the field of biomass gasification with the support of the Free University of Bozen (Italy). The first event, titled “EU-Japan Small-Scale Biomass Gasification Seminar”, will take place on the 16 January 2019 and will be hosted by the Japanese Conference on Biomass Science (CBS14) in Higashihiroshima City and Art Center Kurara, Japan. The second event will take place during EUBCE 2019 on 27-30 May, in Lisbon, Portugal.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by JIE’s Chairman, Yutaka Kunigo, and Angela Grassi, EUBCE Conference Organizer. With this agreement, EUBCE and JIE will strengthen their collaboration and commitment in the biomass energy field, with the aim to build up the conditions and new opportunities to establish International research cooperation networks in the future.
About the “EU-Japan Small-Scale Biomass Gasification Seminar”
In recent years, the use of wood and wood residues for heat and power production from small-scale decentralized plants has increased in Japan, thanks to the growing interest in renewable energy and to the adoption of a supportive National policy framework.
At the same time, ongoing research and technology developments across Europe led to significant improvements to small-scale biomass gasification systems and to the implementation of several commercial applications in Europe and worldwide. However, continuous research is still needed to tackle some issues related to the optimization of both processes and technologies in this sector.
These seminars will gather researchers and professionals from Europe and from Japan to share updates and knowledge on the topic of combined heat and power production using small-scale gasification technologies, promoting national and international research networks.
The presentations will introduce the recent technological and research trends in small-scale biomass gasification technologies, the points of strength and the critical issues to address, for an efficient and sustainable production of energy and materials. Solutions and strategies to increase the flexibility of the process will be discussed, such as load modulation and fuel flexibility, as well as effective pathways for the management and the valorisation of gasification by-products such as char and tar. Methodologies for plant monitoring and for the assessment of the energetic and environmental performance of relevant gasification systems will be also presented, given their importance for different aspects such as the commissioning and authorization of plants and the development of new designs.
Case studies of small-scale gasification applications across Europe will be presented, scientific talks will be complemented by research-oriented technical presentations from technology companies to bring the main stakeholders´ interests together.
More information and agenda: http://www.eubce.com/eu-japan-small-scale-biomass-gasification-seminar.html
The EUBCE Conference programme is coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Centre. The event is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE – the World Council for Renewable Energy, EUBIA – the European Biomass Industry Association, CEI – The Central European Initiative, FNR – Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, GBEP – Global Bioenergy Partnership, and other organizations.
Renewables 2018 is the IEA – International Energy Agency – market analysis and forecast from 2018 to 2023 on renewable energy and technologies. It provides global trends and developments for renewable energy in the electricity, heat and transport sectors.
The analysis this year contains an in-depth look at bioenergy, the world’s largest source of renewable energy, highlighting the untapped potential of modern bioenergy and other renewable sources for greening the industry and transport sectors. Under an accelerated case, the report also highlights policy and market improvements that can unlock further growth of renewable energy in electricity and transport biofuels.
Renewables will continue their expansion in the next five years, covering 40% of global energy consumption growth, according to the IEA’s Renewables 2018 market analysis and forecast report. Their use continues to increase most rapidly in the electricity sector, and will account for almost a third of total world electricity generation in 2023. Because of weaker policy support and additional barriers to deployment, renewables use expands far more slowly in the transport and heat sectors.
While the growth in solar PV and wind is set to continue in the electricity sector, bioenergy remains the largest source of renewable energy because of its widespread use in heat and transport, sectors in which other renewables currently play a much smaller role.
“Modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of the renewable energy field,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director. “Its share in the world’s total renewables consumption is about 50% today, in other words as much as hydro, wind, solar and all other renewables combined. We expect modern bioenergy will continue to lead the field, and has huge prospects for further growth. But the right policies and rigorous sustainability regulations will be essential to meet its full potential.”