NOE-BIOENERGYProject reference: 502788
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Overcoming Barriers to Bioenergy (NOE-BIOENERGY)
Total cost:EUR 8 050 000
EU contribution:EUR 8 000 000
Call for proposal:FP6-2002-ENERGY-1
Funding scheme:NoE - Network of Excellence
To accomplish the goals of the EU "White Paper" (+ 108 Mtoe/a in the EU from renewable sources of energy between 1995 and 2010) and of the "Kyoto Protocol" (- 8% GHG emissions in the EU by 2008/12) the use of bioenergy has to be increased significantly. A Network of Excellence (NoE) will support this through technology development and implementation, policy actions and market strategies. The RTD programme of the NoE will cover all processes, components and methods necessary for establishing successful "bioenergy chains" to produce heat, electricity and biofuels for the energy end use market: Plantation and harvesting of biomass; solid fuels from agricultural and forestry residues and organic waste components; combustion, gasification and synthesis, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion and fermentation of biomass feed stock; production of liquid biofuels and hydrogen; heat and power production plants; analyses of socio-economic, policy, market and environmental issues including greenhouse gas balances. Management of the NoE and integrating activities will assure that the ongoing RTD activities of the partner institutions will be integrated in such a way that eventually a jointly executed RTD programme will be established in a "Virtual Centre of Excellence". To assure a far reaching and long range impact of the experience and know-how within the NoE, activities to spread excellence will be carried out. An industrial and SME advisory group will be established. To support the creation of the European Research Area in the field of bioenergy, the NoE will cooperate with a future ERA-NET project on bioenergy which will be linking the national R&D programmes. The Network is clearly focused on the integration process, which will be planned and reviewed after every 18 months period under strategic and leadership aspects. The duration of the NoE is 5 years.