Task 42 Biorefineries

The major objective of this Task is to asses the worldwide position and potential of the biorefinery field, and to gather new insides that will indicate the possibilities of new breakthroughs for the simultaneous manufacture of transportation fuels, (CH) power, food, feed, and added-value bio-based products (chemicals, materials).

 

Task website: www.biorefinery.nl/ieabioenergy-task42
IEA-website: www.ieabioenergy.com/Task.aspx?id=42

The work will be carried out in two parts:

  1. Gathering and combining information in participating countries to achieve an industry focused view on the working field.
  2. Building a network on Biorefineries in participating countries with industry, governments, NGOs, and researchers. Expand the focus to a European and global level, develop best practice guidelines, and test them regarding their ability to support the long-term objectives.
Work programme
  1. Developing a Biorefinery complexity index, similar to what they use in the petroleum industry (Nelson complexity index), based on the Classification System.
  2. Identifying the most promising bio-based products - i.e. food, feed, added-value materials (a.o. fibre-based) and chemicals (functionalised chemicals and platform chemicals (building blocks)) to be co-produced with bioenergy.
  3. Assessing the current status and development potential of both Energy-driven Biorefineries (incl. biofuels) and Product-driven Biorefineries based on a Full Value Chain approach.
  4. Providing a review of approaches and developing a guidance document for sustainability assessment, including economic, environmental and social acceptance aspects of Biorefineries.
  5. Preparing a Summarizing Paper concerning "Adding Value to the Sustainable Utilisation of Biomass on a Global Scale - Biorefinery" to be used by a.o. national/international governmental organisations for their policy developments.
  6. The organisation of bi-annual Task Meetings, workshops inviting national stakeholders, and visits to running pilot/demo and commercial facilities. External knowledge dissemination in general will be done by: i) set-up and management of the Task website, including linkage to many other national/international websites, and ii) preparation and distribution of a Task newsletter (at least 2 times a year). Internal knowledge dissemination will be done by means of an intranet-site coupled to the Task website.
  7. Update of the Country Reports on Biorefinery Mapping and Biorefinery-related RD&D Programmes to help national governments to define their national Biorefinery policy goals and related programmes.
  8. Developing and delivering a broad Biorefinery Training Course to enable students, policy makers and industrial stakeholders to become familiar with the integral concept-thinking of Biorefineries.

The major objective of IEA Bioenergy Task 42 for 2010 - 2012 is to asses the worldwide position and potential of the biorefinery field, and to gather new insides that will indicate the possibilities to come to new breakthrough, competitive, sustainable, safe and eco-efficient processing routes for the simultaneous manufacture of transportation fuels, (CH) power, food, feed, and added-value bio-based products (chemicals, materials). The information provided can be used by national and international governmental organisations to develop bioenergy-related policies, industrial stakeholders for focussing their RTD and deployment strategies on the most promising (i.e. sustainable) Biomass Value Chains, NGOs to be included into their renewable energy scenarios, and research institutes and universities to focus their applied and strategic research programmes.

 

Publications

 
 

Contact national team leader - Task 42

 
Patrick J Walsh
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road, Galway
Tel: 00353 (0) 91 74 2159 / 091 742 237
Email: patrick.j.walsh@nuigalway.ie
 

 

 
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