Dr. Sven Schaller
Phone +49 (0)341 2434-551

Dr. Elena Angelova
Phone +49 (0)341 2434-553

Romann Glowacki
Phone +49 (0)341 2434-464


DBFZ Research Activities

DBFZ Activities

Ukraine is one of the focus countries of DBFZ cooperation in Eastern Europe. Since 2009 the DBFZ has been involved in R&D projects in Ukraine. Different Ukrainian partners and stakeholders are members of the research network SOJUS Bioenergy, managed by the DBFZ. The research network SOJUS Bioenergy supports the cooperation among researchers and companies from Germany, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the bioenergy field.

DBFZ R&D and Project Focus

The main focus of the previous DBFZ engagement in Ukraine has been on knowledge transfer, improvement of framework conditions for the use of bioenergy as well as the assessment of unused biomass potential.

  • Strengthening and development of scientific bioenergy networks
  • Sustainable utilization of solid biomass (wood), agricultural biomass (energy crops, agricultural residues), (biogenic) wastes, landfill gas and mine gas
  • Sustainable integration of bioenergy in already existing infrastructures
  • Development of concepts for self-sustaining energy in agricultural complexes

DBFZ Future Activities

Ukraine has a great potential of biomass available for energy use. The development of the bioenergy sector in Ukraine should be conducted consistently and reasonably, taking into account possible impacts on the national economy and environment. The DBFZ would like to strengthen its activities in Ukraine in the following fields:

  • HORIZON 2020 - Horizon 2020 -  submission of application together with Ukrainian partners
  • Summer School - Research and academic exchange

DBFZ Partners

The DBFZ has a strong partnership with Ukrainian state partners as well as with academic and research partners.

CSTEI Innovative Entrepreneurship: Lviv, Ukraine (in progress)Cooperation Agreements
Scientific Engineering Centre "Biomass", Kiev
Dnipropetrowsk National Universität Olesia Gonchara
Ukrainian National Forestry University
Information Centre for Science, Technology and Economy in Lviv
Institute for mechanisation and electrification of agriculture at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, department of environmental systems in animal husbandry, Saporischschja
Project partners

DBFZ Reference Projects (selected)

04/2012 - 05/2014Marketing Measures for the Scientific Network SOJUS Bioenergy (SoMaRu)
The research network SOJUS Bioenergy supports cooperation between researchers and companies from Germany, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the bioenergy field. It enables the partners to reach for technically efficient, economically and ecologically optimized and thus sustainable solutions in bioenergy applications. The main focus of the project has been on initiation and advisory support for bi- and multilateral research projects in the field of biomass and bioenergy.
10/2009 - 12/2011 Strengthening and development of scientific bioenergy networks in East Europe
The project was aimed to strengthening of national and international network structures in the field of bioenergy as well as creation of national dossiers describing the framework conditions and opportunities with respect to an enhanced and efficient use of bioenergy in the target countries the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia and identifying suitable paths to greater use of biomass for energy provision.
09/2009 - 12/2011Sustainable European Biomethane Strategy (joint research project)
The project analyzed the technical biomass potentials to produce biomethane, the current regional energy and climate policy as well as technical, economic and ecological aspects and market requirements for the provision, feed-in and distribution of biomethane with a focus on the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus. The project had the objectives of the integration of biomethane into current supply patterns as well as of the development of a Sustainable European Biomethane Strategy based on forecasts until 2030.
2011 - 2012Energetic utilization of chicken manure in Ukraine - a German-Ukraine collaboration project (or Production of biogas through anaerobic digestion of chicken manure in Ukraine)
The project aimed to analyze the existing concepts of chicken manure processing in Ukraine, to develop a feasibility study and business plan for a lab system in Ukraine together with the Ukrainian partners.
10/2008 - 10/2011Coal mine methane – new solutions for use of CMM - reduction of GHG emissions (CoMeth) (DG TREN FP 7 / Energy)
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by the uncontrolled release of coal mine methane to the atmosphere and to the identification of suitable, economically promising schemes for energetic utilization of CMM.


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About the DBFZ

DBFZ is the leading German research institute in the field of energetic and related material use of biomass. The DBFZ monitors and evaluates the most promising applications for bioenergy in theory and practice, realizing research and collaborative research projects at both national and international level, with partners and stakeholders from industry, administration, politics and academia. Currently about 180 scientists in the departments Bioenergy Systems, Biochemical Conversion, Thermo-chemical Conversion and Biorefineries carry out application-oriented R&D that also provides scientifically-based results to support informed political decision making.