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Head of Thermochemical Conversion Department
Field of work
Dr.-Ing. Volker Lenz studied aerospace engineering at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich and energy management at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt. Since 2008, he has been head of the thermo-chemical conversion department at the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH (DBFZ) in Leipzig, which deals with the thermo-chemical conversion of biogenic solid fuels for the efficient and demand-oriented provision of heat or cold and, if necessary, coupled electricity. All scientific and technical aspects from the provision and modification of solid fuels to the conversion plants and their control, flue gas cleaning and system integration are included.
In 2011, Mr. Lenz obtained his doctorate on the subject of "Fine dust reduction in the operation of log wood stoves under consideration of toxicological relevance". At the DBFZ, he is head of the research focus SmartBiomassHeat and is investigating the future heat supply from biogenic solid fuels on the basis of residues and by-products. In doing so, he is pursuing his vision of a flexible, resource-saving, grid-stabilising and low-emission heat in intelligent combination with all other renewable energy options. He contributes his expertise in renewable heat and emission reduction to numerous committees, e.g. as deputy head of the working group Wärmewende 2.0 in the 7th Energy Research Programme. At the Hamburg University of Technology he gives lectures on the integration of renewable energies.
SmartBiomassHeat, biomass processing, renewable energy technologies, energy from biomass, biomass torrefication, small-scale combustion plants, micro-CHP plants, renewable heat supply, control research and development
|2011||PhD Dr.-Ing. for the topic “Reduction of particle emissions during operation of wood log stoves under consideration of the toxicological relevance”|
Head of Department Biomass Combustion at the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH (DBFZ), Leipzig
|1999 - 2000|
Additional study of energy economics, college of Darmstadt; Degree: Diplom-Energy-economist
|1995 - 1998||Officer at the German Airforce|
|1991 - 1994||Study of aeronautics and astronautics, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich; Degree: Diplom-Engineer|
|since 2019||Deputy leader WG Heating Market 2.0, BMWi / PtJ funding programme energetic use of biomass (leader 2017-2019)|
|since 2019||Member EERA Bioenergy: subprogramme 4: Stationary bioenergy|
|since 2018||Member scientific committee Doctoral Colloquium Bioenergy (DBFZ)|
|since 2014||Chairman VDI 3670: Waste gas cleaning – Downstream dust separators for small and medium scale firing systems fired with solid fuels|
|since 2013||Member of the board of trustees, Energy and environment foundation Leipzig|
|since 2012||Participation in the working group for DIN 33999 precipitator testing|
|since 2010||Member Harmonisation of methods BMWi Research Network Bioenergy|