Highlights of the BIOFIT project

The 7th progress meeting of the BIOFIT project was held on October 19th and 20th, 2021. The BIOFIT project has started in 2018 and will support and initiate bioenergy retrofitting opportunities in five industry sectors, namely first-generation biofuels, pulp & paper, fossil refineries, fossil firing power and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants.

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Vienna Energy Forum (VEF)

Side Event 6 July 2021

The VEF side event on "Biofuel Industry: Opportunity for self-reliance and security in energy in enabling progress towards the SDGs and NDC comittments" with Dina Bacovsky will take place virtually on 6 July 2021, from 15:00-16:00.

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FollowUp of IEA SHC Task 55: New Task Leader

Viktor Unterberger (BEST) is the new Task Leader of the IEA SHC Task 55's FollowUP Task "Efficient solar district heating systems".

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IEA Bioenergy: Dina Bacovsky is one of the new vice-chairs

The IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee appointed Dina Bacovsky as new vice-chair.

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Save-the-date: Digital workshop “Heat to Fuel interfaces to advanced Power-to-Gas and Power-to-Liquids Technologies (e-fuels)”

BEST is organizing a workshop in the frame of the Horizon 2020 project Heat-to-Fuel to give a comprehensive overview on “Advanced Power -to-Gas and Power-to-Liquids Technologies”.

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The role of renewable fuels in reducing the climate impact of road transport

Experts from the IEA Bioenergy and Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programmes have analysed the role of renewable fuels to reduce the climate impact of road transport in a number of countries, including Germany, Sweden, Finland, the USA and Brazil.

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From Waste to Value

Construction has started on a new pilot plant in Vienna, Austria, which will demonstrate the conversion of waste materials into eco-friendly and carbon-neutral fuels. At the site of a hazardous waste incineration plant in the urban area of Vienna, BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies - will operate a novel process chain to generate and utilize a hydrogen-rich synthesis gas on an industrial scale. The plant is being built by the SMS Group.

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New Press Release on the BIOFIT Summery Paper for Policymakers

A new Press Release on the BIOFIT Summary Paper for Policymakers has been published.

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BEST receives 2 poster awards at this year’s EUBCE

BEST receives 2 poster awards at this year’s EUBCE for the posters "Evaluation of the Transient Behaviour of a Fixed-bed Biomass Gasifier for Demand-oriented Electricity Production" and "Long-term Validation of a new Modular Approach for CO-λ-optimization".

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Lions Sponsorship 2020

Price Winner Katharina Fürsatz from BEST - Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH is a PhD student at the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering (research group future energy technology) and is supervised by Prof. Hermann Hofbauer. Her day-to-day research work is done at BEST, a K1 Centre run under the COMET Competence Centre Programme. For her thesis she works in the field of dual fluidized bed (DFB) steam gasification. She mainly focuses on the role of fuel ash and bed material on the product gas quality obtained during DFB steam gasification. The ash layers, that form on the bed material during gasification have a considerable positive influence on the catalytic activity leading to higher contents of hydrogen and lower tar contents in the product gas.

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SHIP2FAIR obtains Mention of Honour in the EnerAgen Awards

The consortium of SHIP2FAIR is pleased to announce that the project has obtained Mention of Honour in the EnerAgen Awards (ES) in the category of “Best energy improvement performance in the field of Renewable Energies”. EnerAgen is the Association of Spanish Agencies for Energy Management. EnerAgen is currently the main instrument for the cooperation and coordination between agencies and public organisms in the field of energy that operate at different territorial levels in Spain.

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BEST @ e-EUBCE 2020

This year’s EUBCE will be held as a virtual conference from 6th July to 9th July 2020. BEST employees presenting the following:

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BIOFIT handbook published

BIOFIT ( is an EU project that aims to facilitate the introduction of bioenergy retrofitting in Europe’s industry. The consortium experts have now published a handbook that shows why and how to retrofit.

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BIOENERGY 2020+ becomes BEST

From October 2019 the COMET Centre BIOENERGY 2020+ will operate under BEST - Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH.

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Dina Bacovsky was nominated for the "C3E Woman of Distinction Award"

Award nominees stand out through excellence in areas such as leadership, policy and advocacy, technical advancement and R&D, project development, community engagement and increased adoption of RE technologies, volunteering and/or being a role model contributing to the advancement of women in the energy sector.

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Bioenergy Retrofits for Europe's Industry

EU-funded BIOFIT project will facilitate bioenergy production by retrofitting Europe’s industries.

Enschede - Bioenergy is an essential form of renewable energy, providing an estimated 60%
of current renewable energy supply in the EU28. Anno 2018 the production of bioenergy
takes on many forms. Spurred by innovation, bioenergy technologies are becoming ever
more advanced and diverse, leading to the energy-efficient production of power, heat and
cooling and a variety of transport fuels. Retrofitting – which means replacing a part of an
existing facility or installation with state-of-the-art equipment – can be a cost-effective
solution to expanding bioenergy use in industry. Retrofitting is one of the fast ways to
increase Europe’s renewable energy share by making the energy production of existing
industries more sustainable.

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Change of Executive Committee representative for Austria of Technology in the Bioenergy TCP

Since 1st january 2019 Dina Bacovsky is the Austrian representative in the bioenergy technology cooperation program "Bioenergy TCP" in the IEA.


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REFAWOOD-Workshop " Reducing ash related operational problems in waste wood using additives"

The REFAWOOD-Workshop "Reducing ash related operational problems in waste wood using additives" takes place as a side Workshop at "World Sustainable Energy Days" in Wels.

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ETIP Bioenergy Workshop Emerging Technologies

ETIP Bioenergy will present several low TRL biofuel technologies during a workshop taking place on 4th June at the NH Brussels EU Berlaymont in Brussels, combined with offering opportunities for B2B (business-to-business) matchmaking. More informations:

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BIOENERGY 2020+ conference

Within a one-day conference, employees of BIOENERGY 2020+ present the research results from current projects. There is also an exciting outlook on the Center's future research strategy.

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Matthias Kuba has received a Kempe-Foundation-scholarship

Matthias Kuba, head of the unit Gasification at BIOENERGY 2020+, has received a Kempe-Foundation-scholarship.

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Bioenergy policies and status of implementation

New report by BIOENERGY 2020+ published

Countries across the globe show great variation in their specific drivers for bioenergy and their capability of producing biomass. To introduce bioenergy globally, we must understand the specific characteristic of each country. Successful market introduction of bioenergy is based on strong policies adapted to the local situation that turn low carbon energy provision into a business case.

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5. Central European Biomass Conference

5. Central European Biomass Conference: 18th to 20th january 2017 Graz, Austria

BIOENERGY 2020+ Day: 18th january 2017, 01.30 - 05.00 pm

Industry Forum: 19th january 2017, 01.30 - 05.00 pm


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Workshop on ABE production and CO2/H2 fermentation

A workshop on ABE production and CO2/H2 fermentation will take place on 10th and 11th of November 2016 in Vienna.

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Austrian Day - Programme online

As part of the 23rd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (EUBCE) in Vienna, the "Austrian Day" – a bioenergy technology day will take place on 3 June 2015. Under the patronage of the Austrian Biomass Association, the event will be run by the Austrian Centre of Excellence BIOENERGY 2020+ in cooperation with the organizers of EUBCE.

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