Press releases 2022


New research project aims to bring residual materials from hemp processing into the cycle

The hemp industry has developed into a strongly growing economic sector due to new political framework conditions and innovative product fields. Against the backdrop of dwindling resources, the processing of hemp as a raw material is also focusing on the exploitation of biogenic residual and waste materials. In the new project "HanfNRG", coordinated by the DBFZ, the energetic utilisation options of residues from hemp processing are to be investigated together with the practical partner, Hanffaser Uckermark eG, for exemplary integration into the energy concept of a hemp fibre factory. read more


DBFZ Annual Conference: Bioeconomy, circular economy and innovative bioenergy research are to pave the way for the "GreenDeal"

At the DBFZ´s annual conference from 21-23 June, the challenges of the European "Green Deal" were discussed and current research topics in the field of bioenergy were presented. After a two-year break from Corona, the annual conference of the DBFZ was held again for the first time in the presence of almost 200 participants. The conclusion of this year's event was that the bioeconomy, a functioning circular economy and innovative research are key to the successful implementation of the "Green Deal" and can and must be used to meet the current political, economic and ecological challenges. read more


Science requires good management: Dr. Christoph Krukenkamp is the new administrative managing director at the DBFZ

As of 1 June 2022, Dr. Christoph Krukenkamp is the new administrative managing director of the DBFZ in Leipzig. He succeeds Daniel Mayer, who moved to the Agency for Innovation in Cybersecurity GmbH in Halle as administrative managing director in September 2021. Together with the scientific managing director Prof. Michael Nelles, Dr. Christoph Krukenkamp will lead the business of the DBFZ as a dual leadership. read more


DBFZ annual conference discusses the "Green Deal" and provides insights into the state of energy and integrated material biomass research

Bioenergy and the bioeconomy are integral components of a successful energy and economic transition. However, suitable political framework conditions at national and European level are essential prerequisites for the transition to a renewable energy supply and circular economy. The annual conference of the DBFZ will focus on the European "GreenDeal" and at the same time provide an overview of the status of national bioenergy research. After a two-year break from Corona, the annual conference will be held for the first time again as a face-to-face event at the DBFZ in Leipzig from 21-23 June 2022. Participants who are unable to attend the conference will have the opportunity to follow the lectures via livestream. read more


DBFZ starts installation of a pilot plant for the production of "green methane"

Since 2018, the pilot project "Pilot SBG - Bioresources and Hydrogen to Methane as a Fuel", funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), has been implemented at the DBFZ. The objective of the research project initiated as part of the German government's Mobility and Fuel Strategy (MKS) is to convert previously unused biogenic residues, by-products and waste by using hydrogen into renewable methane as a fuel for the transport sector. As an essential part of the project, the starting signal was given on 31 May 2022 for the installation of a pilot plant on the DBFZ site in more


Succesful evaluation: Science Council confirms DBFZ´s positive further development

By decision of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), all federal research institutions in the BMEL's portfolio, as well as the DBFZ as an institutional funding recipient, are regularly evaluated by the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR). After an evaluation phase of more than one year, the DBFZ was once again certified sucessfully in the final evaluation report, which has now been published, as having made great progress and conducting "highly relevant research for a cycle-oriented economic system" for the period under review from 2017 - 2019. read more