IEA Bioenergy is an international collaboration set-up in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to improve international co-operation and information exchange between national bioenergy R&D programmes. IEA Bioenergy covers all aspects of the bioenergy chain, from resources to the supply of energy services, including biorefining aspects. Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research coordinates this specific Task42 Biorefining within IEA Bioenergy.
IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and implementation of sustainable biorefineries – as part of highly efficient, zero waste value chains – synergistically producing bio-based food and non-food products, including biofuels and bioenergy, as base for a global Biobased Economy.
Important challenges to be tackled in this project period (2013-2015) are:
- The development of industry legitimacy and a level-playing field for sustainable biomass use
- Multi-sectoral stakeholder involvement in the development and implementation of sustainable value chains
- Technology development and biorefinery scale-up using best practices
- Unlock available expertise in energy/fuel, agri-food, material and chemical manufacturing sectors
- To develop the necessary human capital by training students and other stakeholders to become the biorefinery experts of today and tomorrow
Activities 2013 - 2015
During this project, the following activities will take place:
- Assessment of the market deployment potential of integrated biorefineries
- Support of industrial/SME stakeholders finding their position in a future BioEconomy
- Analysis of optimal sustainable biomass valorisation using the market-pull perspective approach
- Preparation of advice for policy makers on current status, future potential and priority needs
- Biorefinery knowledge dissemination
- Delivery of biorefinery training activities
ResultsA selection of outputs from this initiative in former periods (2007-2009, 2010-2012) are:
- An internationally accepted definition on biorefining, i.e. the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable bio-based products and bioenergy
- A clear and easy to understand system to classify different types of biorefineries
- Country reports giving the biorefinery status in the participating countries
- Different reports (biobased chemicals – value added products from borefineries, biofuel-driven biorefineries, green building blocks for biobased plastics)
- Several European training schools on biorefining (Amsterdam, Paris, Wageningen).