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Smart Bioenergy - innovations for a sustainable future

How is the best use of the potentials of bioenergy? To find answers to this question, the scientists of the DBFZ are looking for methods that facilitate an effective and sustained use of solid, liquid and gaseous bioenergy sources. To achieve this, DBFZ scientists are carrying out potential analyses, feasibility studies and practical tests in the laboratories of our research centre. The objectives they pursue are to make the utilisation of bioenergy technically simpler and safer, environmentally friendlier and economically more promising. On the following pages you can find a lot of informations about the current state of our research.



February 21st, 2018 | Webinar "Innovative technologies for biomethane production in small and medium scale applications" 
The webinar will present and discuss some very promising technology solutions along the biomethane supply chain with focus on digestion and gas upgrading for small to medium scale applications with the aim of using the biomethane as transport fuel or for feed-in to the gas grid.

To bridge the gap between research and market, the ambition of the webinar is to bring investors together with stakeholders from research and industry. On the other it will connect possible end users with the technology providers. The presenters will show possible next steps towards market introduction of their anaerobic digestion and biogas upgrading technologies. The further development of these technologies will contribute to an efficient biomethane production at small and medium scale. 
The webinar is organised by the European Horizon 2020 project Record Biomap, which is monitoring the technology development in this sector and aiming to foster the use of research outcomes to support market implementation of the most efficient technology solutions. Read more


DBFZ (German Biomass Research Centre) publishes the annual report 2015
Numerous research projects in the field of energy and integrated material use of biomass influenced the work at the DBFZ (German Biomass Research Centre) last year, 2015. In addition, the Leipzig Institute expanded its national and international research contacts and established itself in the scientific community through numerous new publications and events. These and many other aspects of 2015 can be read in the DBFZ Annual Report. Read more


The flexible way to greater energy yield: Feeding biogas reactors at longer intervals produces more biogas
Biogas is an important energy source that plays a central role in the energy revolution. Unlike wind or solar energy, biogas can be produced around the clock. Could it soon perhaps even be produced to meet demand? A team of international scientists, including microbiologists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), scientists from Aarhus University and process engineers from the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ), have been studying the feasibility of this kind of flexible biogas production. Among their findings, for example, is the discovery that biogas production can be controlled by altering the frequency at which the reactors are fed. If the intervals are longer, more biogas is produced, according to the researchers' paper in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal. read more


DBFZ and FFPRI sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the German-Japanese research collaboration in torrefaction of biomass.
On Monday, 14th March 2016, the directors of the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) and the Japanese Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) agreed upon a wider co-operation in the field of torrefaction of biomass and signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the research cooperation. read more


DBFZ intensifies scientific exchange with Chinese top universities in the field of conversion of organic wastes and residues
Initiated by the DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center) and the University of Rostock, German and Chinese scientists participated in various scientific workshops, talks and excursions in Leipzig and Rostock during the Sino-German Summer School "Energetic and material use from biogenic waste and residues" from 12.-17.October 2015. The summer school offered the opportunity to discuss the status quo of research and develop future research ideas. Read more


DBFZ accompanies World Bank project for the construction of six biogas plants in Hebei, China
While the further expansion of biomass energy production has been slowed down by the decisions of the German Federal Government to restructure incentives, the People's Republic of China is aiming to significantly spur the development of the energetic use of biomass. To improve the quality of biogas plants in China, six biogas plants will be supported with know-how and technology "Made in Germany" in a project partly funded by the World Bank. The high-profile international expert group for the scientific supervision of the project is headed by Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles, the scientific managing director of the DBFZ. Read more


DBFZ scientists publish research strategy for "smart" bioenergy provision
The transition of the energy system towards a renewable resource base requires a rethinking in all energy sectors and also the further development of bioenergy provision to better complement wind and solar energy. The now published research strategy involving different DBFZ scientist is entitled "Smart Bioenergy - Technologies and concepts for a more flexible bioenergy commission in Future Energy Systems" provides the latest research findings and perspectives in the field of energy and integrated material biomass use. read more

Final meeting: EU-funded SECTOR-project invites for knowledge exchange of torrefaction process
The final meeting of the European funded project SECTOR with the aim of further development and market introduction of torrefaction-based technologies will take place on 6th May 2015 in Leipzig, Germany. At the meeting the participants will receive the latest news, findings and results of the project and have the chance to discuss them with involved partners. The registration is now open and will end on 15th of April. More information about the project, the registration, the fee and the agenda can be found at read more