End of triennium conference: “Biomass and renewable heat”

On Tuesday 7 December 2021, the IEA Bioenergy end of triennium conference took place, titled “Biomass and renewable heat”.

Heat is the largest energy end use. Providing heat for homes, industry and other applications accounts for around half of total energy consumption. Nevertheless, from policy side renewable power gets much more attention than renewable heat.

Bioenergy is still the dominant type of renewable heat and has some unique assets; for example, it has the potential to provide renewable heat at high temperature for use in process industry and it can be produced from by-products.

The session showed relevant cases of biobased heat and dug deeper into emission abatement, which is a critical issue for biomass combustion.

There were the following presentations

  • Biomass combustion in a Northern European food industry – A case from the Netherlands
    Jaap Koppejan, Managing Director, Pro Biomass BV, The Netherlands
  • Biomass providing process heat in an industrial bakery
    Thomas Nussbaumer, Professor, Verenum / Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
  • Decarbonizing industrial process heat: the role of biomass
    Olle Olsson, Team Leader: Energy and Industry Transitions, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
  • Raising awareness and changing behaviour with the traveling combustion education – The CleanAir II project
    Manuel Schwabl, Area Manager, Fixed Bed Conversion Systems, BEST Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies, Austria
  • Strategies for reducing the impact on air quality from residential and commercial wood combustion
    Hans Hartmann, Head of the Solid Biofuels Department, TFZ Technologie- und Förderzentrum, Germany

Slides can be downloaded here