Bioenergy

ENERGY RESOURCES AND DECENTRALIZED PRODUCTION

The European strategy for renewable energy sources lays the emphasis on the importance of bioenergy as a renewable energy source. Indeed, it offers Europe an opportunity to meet its fuel, power and chemical needs using domestic and sustainable resources. Bioenergy technologies can convert biomass into an array of energy related products: electricity, liquid, solid or gaseous fuels, heat, etc. Biomass is the only renewable energy that could be a green carbon source.

The European strategy for renewable energy sources lays the emphasis on the importance of bioenergy as a renewable energy source.

We are looking at the whole upstream part of the biomass value chain: from the resource production to the conversion technologies (heat and power). On the biomass resource, the focus of the activity lays on biological, physical and chemical characteristics of the biomass resource as well as the evaluation of the technical and economic potentials through a deep analysis of the biomass supply chain. Innovative concepts for all the biomass related technologies for decentralized energy production are developed. The main transformation and conversion technologies that are elaborated: crushing, pelletizing, carbonization, gasification, anaerobic digestion and combustion.

These activities have been recently extended to geological carbon storage and access to energy in developing countries. For all these topics, the social acceptance is studied and analyzed.

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