Bioenergy Systems Department

The aim of the Bioenergy Systems Department is to contribute to the development of sustainable bioenergy strategies at national and international level. For this purpose, regionally and globally available biomass potentials are determined and the manifold options of different biomass supply concepts are considered.

These possibilities will be elaborated and evaluated in detail, particularly with regard to their sustainable use for energy. The application of well-founded methods for potential analysis and scenario development as well as the development of specific resources and the market introduction of innovative technologies play a major role in this. Together with continuous monitoring of the bioenergy markets, this work forms the basis for the development of sustainable bioenergy strategies in order to further develop biomass as an ecologically and economically advantageous energy source.

In addition, the Bioenergy Systems Department is also responsible for supporting the BMWi's "Energetic Biomass Use" programme. The main focus is on the scientific networking of all project partners in the form of publications, press work, topic-specific workshops and conferences. The department has been working closely with the Bioenergy Department of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) for three years. The focus of the cooperation is on closing research gaps in the field of sustainable energetic use of biomass, which exist due to the specific expertise of DBFZ and UFZ. In particular, synergy effects from the joint research work are expected due to the complementary character of the research projects.

The research focus "System contribution of biomass", which is located in bioenergy systems departments, works across departments.

The working groups

Optimising the material and energetic use of biogenic resources can make an important contribution to climate protection and a sustainable energy supply. Against this background, the Working Group on Resource Mobilisation develops and publishes nationally and internationally applicable and transferable methods for the transparent assessment and mobilisation of the resource base.

Focus topics of the working group:

  • Development and implementation of resource monitoring systems
  • Description of achievable usage targets from the point of view of resource availability
  • (International) stakeholder analyses
  • Development of mobilization strategies for unused or inefficiently used biomass
  • Provision of a consistent database

Contact person:
Dipl.-Geogr. André Brosowski (Head of the working group)
Phone: (0)341 2434-718

The working group deals with various issues relating to the sustainable production and use of bioenergy. This includes aspects of sustainability assessment as well as the determination of sustainable biomass potentials.

Focus topics of the working group

Sustainability assessment of different energy biomass options (greenhouse gas emissions, changes in land use, water balance, humus balance, etc.).
Method development and standardisation in the field of sustainability assessment, e.g. in the fields of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Social Level of Sustainability (SLCA).
Development of methods to determine the potential of different biogenic raw materials for bioenergy production under consideration of competition for use, spatial, structural and political framework conditions as well as sustainability aspects.

Contact person:
Stefan Majer (Head of Working Group)
Phone (0)341 2434-411

Against the background of the increasing share of electricity from renewable energies, a targeted integration of biomass into the energy system is necessary. The increasing demand for biomass to cover the energy and material demand as well as the expectations in the heat and transport sector represent a challenge. The aim of the working group "Biomass in the energy system" is therefore to provide analysis tools, models and simulation calculations.

Focus topics of the working group:

  • Development of supply scenarios and utilisation strategies for bioenergy in the medium and long term perspective
  • Method development and modelling of potential competing uses between bioenergy applications
  • System analysis of the demand-oriented provision of bioenergy
  • Analysis and evaluation of bioenergy technologies and supply chains
  • Concepts for the development of regionally unused biomass including its integration into existing energy and material flows
  • Increasing regional added value by optimising existing material flows and extending biomass use cascades
  • Analysis of the heating market, quantification of biogenic heat, development of ecologically and economically efficient heat utilisation concepts

Contact person:
Dr. Nora Szarka (Head of the working group)
Phone: +49 (0)341 2434-489

Research on systems analysis for the provision and use of biomass as energy. While the focus of the DBFZ is on system studies, system assessments and policy advice, the work carried out on behalf of the UFZ focuses on the development of scenarios and on modelling for the development and assessment of integrated bioenergy systems.

Focus topics of the working group

  • Investigation of the environmental impacts of the provision of different
  • bioenergy carriers
  • Development of regional steering aids, e.g. through spatially resolved life cycle assessments
  • Modelling and Scenarios for Bioenergy in a Decentralized, Renewable Energy Supply
  • Comprehensive evaluation and management approaches in bioeconomics

Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän (Head of department)
Phone: +49 (0)341 2434-435
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