International VDI Conference - Biomass for Industrial Applications

  • Discuss the newest technical and regulatory developments with leading experts in the areas of biomass and biofuels.
  • Profit from the experience of successful facility operators and gain important strategic insights for your company.
  • Use the conference and its exclusive evening get-together to make new, high-quality contacts and expand your professional network.
Biomass for Industrial Applications | VDI Conference

The VDI conference Biomass for Industrial Applications focuses on the industrial utilization of biomass. The presentations consider both the energy-related as well as the material usage of biomass. Discuss the newest technical, economic and political developments in the industry with leading experts and find out what’s in store for the biomass market in the future. This knowledge will help you to make the right strategic decisions for your company and to clear the way of implementation barriers.

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Ecologically sensible and economically viable

The European Commission sets the political agenda: Measures such as the “Renewable Energy Directive”, “Roadmap for Bioeconomy” and the “Circular Economy Strategy” aim to achieve a more sustainable usage of existing resources and lead the way towards a circular economy. This means that the energy-related and material use of biomass (as an alternative fuel source, for example) will play an important role in future energy markets. At the VDI conference Biomass for Industrial Applications, facility operators, technology providers and users will present their experiences and show that economy and ecology don’t have to be contradictory.

At the conference, you’ll find out what biomasses are used for which purposes and which biofuels are already suitable for industrial usage. The high quality conference contributions will show you how you to develop profitable business models for the industrial utilization for biomass and how to master technical and regulatory challenges. The conference is run by internationally renowned expert Jan Grundmann, CEO of Vattenfall subsidiary Energy Crops GmbH and took place for the first time in 2013.

The conference will consider the following topics, amongst others:

  • European laws and strategic perspectives
  • Biomass for energy-related and material utilization, markets and availability
  • Transformation Technology
  • Practical experiences from facility operators
  • Supply chain Management
  • The role of solid fuel from biomass in the energy market of the future

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September 26, 2018


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair’s welcome and opening address
Conference chair: Jan Grundmann,
Innovation Management, Vattenfall Energy Solutions GmbH, Germany

I. Legislation and strategic Perspectives


The Role of modern Bioenergy and Biorefining in the Transition towards a low-carbon Economy

  • Characteristics of bioenergy and biorefineries
  • Transition to a low-carbon technology
  • Relevant policies and regulations

Luc Pelkmans M. Sc., Technical Coordinator, IEA Bioenergy, Belgium


Role for Biomass in a Circular biobased Economy

  • Biomass essential for chemistry and energy sector
  • Production of biochemicals, biomaterials and bioenergy
  • Smart co-production strategies lead to attractive business cases
  • Biorefinery, residues utilization and circularity play an important role Jaap Kiel, Programme Development Manager Biomass, TNO, The Netherlands


AkzoNobel‘s Business Strategy in biobased Chemicals

  • Partner for new developments
  • Open innovation a key strategy
  • Forming strong partnerships takes time

Prof. Magnus Nydén, Chief Scientist, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Sweden


Bioenergy in Denmark – The Country of Windmills

  • Bioenergy is by far the most important contributor of renewable energy in Denmark – Much ahead of wind energy
  • Biomass and windmills have eliminated almost all coal-based power and heat
  • Upgraded biogas is growing fast and will constitute 10% in the gas net
  • Bioenergy technology provides jobs and exports

Michael Persson M. Sc., Head of Secretariat, Danish Bioenergy Association, Denmark



II. Potential Feedstocks, their Markets and Availabilities


Short Rotation Coppice as a sustainable long term Feedstock Hedge

  • What is a short rotation coppice (SRC)
  • Operational experience in cultivating SRC
  • Environmental impact and sustainability
  • Concepts for avoiding land grabbing from an European perspective

Jan Grundmann, Managing Director, Energy Crops Gmbh, Germany


Torrefied Straw Pellets: Product Potential, Process Optimization and Product Competitiveness

  • Potential of straw as fuel
  • Product quality improvement by torrefaction process
  • Challenges of torrefied straw pellet production
  • Optimized integrated production process
  • Fuel cost and competitiveness

Dr. Javier Gil, Director Biomass Department, CENER, Spain


The Rise of advanced Marine Biofuels

  • The opportunity of marine biofuels
  • Different qualities, different feedstocks
  • What is needed to scale this up?

Bart Hellings M. Sc., Head of Innovation, GoodFuels, The Netherlands


Networking & coffee break

III. Latest Developments in Conversion Technologies for Material Use


Lignocellulosic Residues as a versatile Feedstock for industrial Use

  • Synthesis gas production from biomass
  • The KIT bioliq process
  • New syngas applications
  • Logistic and economic considerations

Prof. Nicolaus Dahmen, Leading Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany


From Idea to commercial Implementation of cellulosic Ethanol

  • Technology solution for the conversion of agricultural residues to lignocellulosic ethanol
  • Clariant sun liquid technology readiness and greenfield plant
  • The construction of 250.000 ethanol plants - Best practice: Slovakia and Romania

Ing. Paolo Corvo, Head of Sales & Marketing, Clariant, Germany


Advanced Biofuels for Aviation – Techno economic and ecologic Assessment

  • Limited 1st generation biofuels will not succeed to decarbonize the future aviation
  • Production of 2nd generation biofuels
  • Three main process routes including power-to-liquid, biomass-to-liquid and its combination power & biomass-to-liquid
  • The techno economic evaluation of the three process routes
  • The ecologic evaluation: CO2 abatement costs for each individual option

Dr.-Ing. Ralph-Uwe Dietrich, Research Area Manager Alternative Fuels, co-authors: Friedemann Georg Albrecht, Sandra Adelung, all: German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany


From Biomass to biodegradable Plastics

  • Characteristics of biodegradable plastics
  • Integrated Biorefinery
  • Production of 2nd generation sugars
  • Lignocellulosic biomass

Robin Kazemieh, M. Sc., CFO, Green Sugar AG, Germany


End of conference day one

At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

September 27, 2018

IV. Latest Developments in Conversion Technologies for Energy Use


78 MWth Wood Chips Grate fired Boiler with Reheat

  • Boiler and plant design
  • Typical fuel characteristics
  • Grate design and performance
  • High efficiency

Carsten Bo Petersen B. Sc. Mech. Engineer, Dept. Manager Combustion and Fuel Handling Systems, co-author: Flemming Skovgaard Nielsen, General Manager, both: Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S, Denmark


The first straw-fired combined Heat and Power Plant in Germany – Concept and Experience from Planning and Operation

  • Plant concept
  • Straw as energy source
  • Straw combustion for combined heat and power production
  • Operational data of a straw- fired power plant

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Matthias Pieper, Power Plant Manager, BEKW Bioenergiekraftwerk Emsland GmbH & Co. KG, Germany


Networking & coffee break

V. Practical Insights and Experiences


Lessons learned from the Gobigas Project

  • Historical review of the project and status-quo of GoBiGas
  • Technical aspects of the demonstration – Learnings
  • Economic data from the demonstration and their relevance for future design

Martin Seemann, PhD, Associate Professor, co-authors: Professor Henrik Thunman, both: Chalmers Tekniska Högskola and Anton Larsson, Göteburg Energi, all: Sweden

VI. Supply Chain Management and Sustainability


Liquid and gaseous Biofuels – What next?

  • Latest developments in novel biofuel technologies
  • The policy framework
  • End-uses across transport sectors
  • Potential ramp up in supply to 2030 and contribution to targets
  • Challenges and requirements

Dr. Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4Tech, United Kingdom


Biomass Sustainability: Challenges & Opportunities

  • NGO’s and scientific views on sustainability of biomass
  • Different angles and scope on biomass sustainability
  • Biomass sustainability certification
  • Challenges and opportunities ahead

Maarten Gnoth M. Sc., Manager Business Development Biomass Upstream, ENGIE, Belgium




Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC), Carbon Debt and other Sustainability Concerns

  • Definition: Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)
  • GHG emissions forest biomass
  • Sustainability: Recent developments and perspectives

Dipl. Phys. Uwe R. Fritsche, Scientific Director, IINAS – International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy, Germany


Operators Experience: Straw Pelleting Plant

  • Plant design and pit falls
  • Working with drax to develop the process
  • Short video of the plant
  • Plant costs
  • Experience with chlorine corrosion

Steve Arnold, Managing Director, Biomass Projects UK Ltd, United Kingdom

VII. Role of Biomass and Biofuels in the future Energy World


Global Development of Bioenergy – Data, Markets and Policy

  • Latest data on global bioenergy development
  • New markets for biomass technologies
  • Need for right policies for bioenergy development

Bharadwaj Kummamuru, Executive Director, World Bioenergy Association, Sweden


Conference chair’s closing remarks


End of conference

Who should take part?

The VDI conference Biomass for Industrial Applications is aimed at professionals and managers involved in the industrial utilization of biomass and biofuels. Amongst others, it will be of interest to:

  • International experts in the areas of biomass and biofuels
  • Business development managers
  • Recycling and waste disposal companies
  • Organizations in the area of biomass Management
  • Consultancy firms and consultants

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You work in biomass or biofuels and would like to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current technical, economic and regulatory developments? You’d like to know how the biomass market will develop in the future in order to make the right strategic decisions for your company? Then secure your ticket at the VDI conference Biomass for Industrial Applications now.

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