Press releases 2017


International cooperation in the field of bioenergy – DBFZ launches Sino-German Cooperation Center in Leipzig, Beijing and Hefei

On the 13th of September 2017 the DBFZ inaugurated the German-Chinese Center for Biomass research with the unveiling of the center’s plate. The inauguration ceremony and the inauguration science work shop took place in presence of representatives from the DBFZ, from the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering (CAAE). The new center will strengthen the existing research contacts and initiate new joint projects in the field of bioenergy and waste management. read more


Leipzig HTP-Forum discusses "hydrothermal processes" as a key technology for a biobased economy

With hydrothermal processes (HTP), water-rich, biogenic residues can be converted into liquid, solid or gaseous carbon carriers. The further refined products have a wide application potential. For a bio-based economy, hydrothermal processes thus represent a key technology. At the third Leipzig HTP-Forum, on the 12th/13th of September 2017, the current state of knowledge in this area is going to be intensified and the mutual exchange of experience between research and industry will be promoted. Registration for the event is available at read more


DBFZ work out IEA study on wood pellet market in more than thirty countries

A study conducted for the International Energy Agency (IEA) provides a comprehensive inventory of the wood pellet industry and the markets more than 30 countries in terms of regulatory frameworks, production capacities, consumption and price development, trade, logistics as well as country-specific standardization. The study can be obtained free of charge in English at read more


EU research project DEMETER strives for innovation in enzyme production technology

Enzymes play an indispensable role in the efficient conversion of biomass, in particular of agricultural, industrial and municipal waste into fermentable sugars, chemical or bio-based materials. However, an efficient biomass conversion optimized by biochemical feedstock pretreatment, requires the availability of enzymes which have proven themselves in practice and can be produced on an industrial scale. The objective of the EU project DEMETER is the optimization of the enzyme production (yield increase as well as scale-up) and the investigation of their use in the biogas process. read more