Successful workshop 'Bioenergy – from Research to Market Deployment in a European Context'
On 14 June 2017, fifty stakeholders from research, industry and governmental organisations took part in the workshop “Bioenergy – from Research to Market Deployment in a European Context”, which was organised by the consortia of Biomass Sustaining the Future (BESTF3) and ERA-NET Bioenergy, together with the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIPBioenergy), as side event of the European Biomass Conference (EUBCE) in Stockholm. The stakeholders discussed how to address the challenge of bridging the gap between research, demonstration projects and industry.
The morning session focussed on the results of BESTF projects and a selection of ERA-Net Bioenergy projects, covering a broad spectrum of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). During the afternoon session BESTF and ERA-Net Bioenergy joined forces with the ETIP Bioenergy, the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy Joint Programme, and the European Technology and Innovation Platform Renewable Heating and Cooling (ETIP RHC) to host an interactive session focussing on how to strengthen the market uptake of advanced biofuels and bioenergy under the new European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan)* Key Action 8 (Renewable fuels and bioenergy). The session kicked off with a presentation from Maria Georgiadou from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) highlighting the targets of the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. After the introductory presentations, all speakers were invited to participate in a panel discussion focussing on how to bridge the gap from research to demo and industry and which R&D&I priorities should be set. More information about the workshop can be found in the workshop report.
*: The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. It seeks to improve new technologies and bring down costs by coordinating national research efforts and helping to finance projects. The SET-Plan comprises the SET-Plan Steering Group, the European Technology and Innovation Platforms, the European Energy Research Alliance, and the SET-Plan Information System (SETIS). For more information: see the European Commion's SET-PLAN website