Press releases 2023


Small, clean, efficient and affordable: DBFZ scientists develop mini cookstove for Africa

Deforestation in African regions and many other parts of the world is increasing rapidly. The reasons for this are growing population and the increased use of wood/charcoal as cooking fuel. Against this background, a cookstove was developed for special requirements in Togo as part of the "LabTogo" project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The DBFZ's new development not only requires significantly less fuel than traditional stoves, but also has lower emissions during operation. read more


Leipzig researchers present modelling results of optimal biomass use in the energy transition

What is the optimal role of limited biomass in the national energy transition and what are the priority target markets for bioenergy sources? These questions were addressed by a team of researchers from the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in the successfully completed research project "SoBio - Scenarios of optimal biomass use for energy by 2030 and by 2050". read more


Joint project: "PülpeGas" develops pilot plant for the full utilisation of wheat pulp at Zeitz Chemical and Industrial Park

Energy-intensive industry can achieve great added value and efficiency gains through synergies in chemical parks. However, bioenergy plants have so far rarely been directly integrated into continuous processes in the industrial environment. In the joint project "Pülpegas" (FKZ: 03EI5442), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, this problem area is to be addressed by developing and demonstrating wheat pulp mono-fermentation on an industrial scale and by developing and implementing an innovative industrial biogas plant with a capacity of up to 60GWh/year at the Zeitz site in the long term. read more


Chemicals from residues – Leipzig scientists bring chemical production at biogas plants to pilot scale

How can chemicals for the bioeconomy be produced on a large scale from regional residues? This question is being investigated by a team of researchers from the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) together with industrial partners in the new "CapUp" project. The aim of the project is to scale up their process developed previously at a multi-purpose demonstration plant for recovering caproic and caprylic acid for the chemical industry. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). Read more