Dr. Sven Schaller
Phone +49 (0)341 2434-551

Dr. Elena Angelova
Phone +49 (0)341 2434-553

Romann Glowacki
Phone +49 (0)341 2434-464


DBFZ Research Activities

DBFZ Activities

In 2010 the DBFZ started its consulting, training and technology transfer activities in China in close cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering (CAAE). Since then DBFZ has extended its cooperation with the GIZ Office China and had been involved in the implementation of the SINO-German Biomass Utilization Project. In addition, the Scientific Managing Director of DBFZ, Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles, was appointed Visiting Professor at the China University of Petroleum (CUP) in 2014. Through the cooperation with CUP a number of PhD students have been hosted at DBFZ for a research stay.

DBFZ R&D and Project Focus

The main focus of the previous DBFZ engagement in China has been on different biogas applications, in particular:

  • Support for the transfer of biogas technologies through ‘best practice’ demonstration projects
  • Support for the establishment of a Sino-German biogas research centre
  • Training measures and training materials

DBFZ Future Activities

China is a focus country of DBFZ cooperation in East Asia. DBFZ will primarily extent the cooperation with universities and research institutions. Joint activities focus on biogas applications and waste management. In particular, DBFZ is active in the following fields:

  • Support the research on biogas
  • Development and evaluation of waste concepts
  • Support the continuous exchange of scientist and PhD students

DBFZ Partners

The DBFZ has signed 2 cooperation agreements with research institutions in China and cooperates closely with the GIZ Office China.

China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB), New Energy Research Institute (NERI)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH China
ResearchChinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering (CAAE), Institute for Energy and Environmental Protection

Furthermore, DBFZ participates in the Sino-German Working Group Biogas that is jointly coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China (MoA) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). In addition, DBFZ maintains close research contacts to the China Agricultural University (CAU), the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), the College of Chemical Engineering and Tongji University Shanghai.

DBFZ Reference Projects (selected)

01/2014 - 06/2015
Support for a feasibility study for the construction of a Sino-German biogas research and development centre in China (GIZ China)
The Sino-German Project on Optimization of Biomass Utilization is a 5-year project launched in January 2009, aiming at strengthening both private- and state-sector interest in investing in the generation and use of biomass energy, and the improvement of the technical standards and operational performance of medium- and large-scale biogas plants.
01/2010 - 12/2012
Sustainable development of assistance measures for the biogas sector in China (CAAE/ BMELV)
Research cooperation with the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation on the development and evaluation of a biorefinery concept for Chile based on oil producing plants as well as the interchange of promising biorefinery technologies.


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About the DBFZ

DBFZ is the leading German research institute in the field of energetic and related material use of biomass. The DBFZ monitors and evaluates the most promising applications for bioenergy in theory and practice, realizing research and collaborative research projects at both national and international level, with partners and stakeholders from industry, administration, politics and academia. Currently about 180 scientists in the departments Bioenergy Systems, Biochemical Conversion, Thermo-chemical Conversion and Biorefineries carry out application-oriented R&D that also provides scientifically-based results to support informed political decision making.