Place: Europe
Year(s): 2005-2007
Sector: Biomass & Bioenergy

Integrated European network for biomass co-firing

Project Description
Biomass co-firing represents, compared to other renewable sources, a technically feasible option with the potential of contributing to the EU energy supply meanwhile ensuring sustainable development. Co-firing of biomass with coal offers several advantages, such as the utilisation of large quantities at low combustion rates in the current combustion systems, lower investments and higher conversion efficiencies compared to systems fired exclusively with biomass. The EC has recognised the need of promoting the use of biomass co-firing in order to comply with the Kyoto Protocol which implies a reduction of 8% of the greenhouse emissions between 2006 and 2012. In spite of numerous successful experiences achieved in Europe, this technology still deserves attention in order to find solutions for technical problems as well as to improve efficiency, reduce costs and emission levels.

The overall objective of NetBioCof is to establish a biomass co-firing expert and co-ordination platform on an integrated European level, as well as a network of expertise, which will encourage the unification of efforts for the development of biomass co-firing, by pointing out the future research and the needed synergies in order to make biomass co-firing a reliable, safe, available and durable source of energy.

NetBioCof consortium will reach the following objectives:

  • To co-ordinate and support recent research and innovation activities on the European level.
  • To initiate, co-ordinate and guide future R&D activities on the international level.
  • To establish a platform of expertise and to create a biomass co-firing technology database.
  • To develop adequate recommendations for biomass co-firing implementation in targeted European countries, focused on the socio-economic, technological, climate conditions, legal and political requirements.

Description of the work
NetBioCof will promote European co-operation between research organisations devoted to the research, development and application of biomass co-firing in new and existing power plants. It will aim the integration and unification of efforts and the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Western and Eastern Europe to promote the development and uptake of innovative methods and technologies to expand the use of biomass co-firing. A biomass co-firing expert platform and a co-ordination platform will be established, in order to co-ordinate and assess on-going research and to develop suitable assessment activities. The aim is to identify best practices, gaps in knowledge and barriers to further execution, as well as propose strategies of implementation and directions for futures research. NetBioCof covers the full process chain of biomass co-firing which includes:

  • Potential Biomass co-firing resources
  • Supply systems
  • Biomass co-firing technologies
  • Environmental, legislative and social issues