Press releases 2016

Please note: Most of the Press releases 2016 are available only in German


Record Biomap: New opportunities for biomethane production in small scale biogas plants

In the framework of the EU-project „Record Biomap“ scientists and industrial stakeholders are working together on innovative technology solutions to make biomethane production cost and energy efficient at small and medium scale biogas plants. The online platform, the "Biomethane Map", has been developed to foster knowledge transfer in this sector and presents a variety of innovative concepts for small scale biomethane plants. The project consortium seeks further key players for future cooperations to make small scale biomethane production cost efficient in the future. read more


DBFZ 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


Scientists from the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) develop a background paper for the French market on flexibilising biogas plant operation in Germany.

In a background paper on flexibilisation in Germany, scientists from the DBFZ have provided a scientific overview of the technical approaches, the legal framework and the significance of flexibilisation for the energy system. The paper is available free of charge in German and French on the website of the German-French Office for Renewable Energies (DFBEE). read more


DBFZ ("Team Wittus") wins the US Pellet Stove Design Challenge with the world’s first emission-free stove

Despite a stricter Federal Emissions Control Act, wood-fired systems remain one of the primary producers of airborne pollutants, like fine dust and soot particles. The state of the art in science and technology was demonstrated and the latest prototypes of pellet ovens were compared at this year’s US wood burning competition, organised by the Alliance for Green Heat and held at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, New York). The DBFZ triumphed over its competition this year with its almost emission-free "PELLWOOD" model. 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