Project: Future low emission biomass combustion systems.

The ERA-NET Bioenergy project “FutureBioTec” aimed to provide a substantial contribution concerning the development of future low emission stoves and automated small- and medium-scale biomass combustion systems (<20 MWth). In order to reach the aims of the project, a consortium of 9 internationally recognised R&D partners as well as 2 industrial partners from 7 European countries has been formed. The 3 year-project has been coordinated by the ATn Competence Centre BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbH. In September 2012 the results of the project have been presented at an international workshop in Graz to interested stakeholders (in total 67 participants from 7 countries attended). Work package 1 focused on the further development of wood stoves towards significantly decreased CO, OGC and PM emissions by primary measures (air staging and air distribution, grate design and implementation of automated process control systems). Figure 1 exemplarily demonstrates that by appropriate technological measures and process control a considerable reduction of emissions can be achieved. Within the scope of work package 2 improvements of automated furnaces in the residential and the small to medium-scale (<20 MWth) capacity range towards lower PM and NOx emissions by primary measures have been examined (staged combustion, utilisation of additives and fuel blending concerning new biomass fuels, development of a new combustion system for pulverized fuels). Figure 2 exemplarily shows the wide variation of NOx emissions measured during test runs performed and demonstrates that low NOx emissions are also achievable for fuels with high N contents by efficiently applying primary measures. Finally, work package 3 and 4 focused on the evaluation, development and optimisation of secondary measures for PM emission reduction for residential biomass combustion systems. Concluding, the project “FutureBioTec” resulted in a considerable know-how gain regarding future low-emission small- to medium-scale biomass combustion systems. To widely disseminate this knowledge all guidelines and state-of-the-art reports compiled as well as additional publications generated within the project are publicly available on the webpage

Duration 01/10/2009 - 30/09/2012
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Call 4th Bioenergy Joint Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Agriculture and Food Development Authority Ireland
Applied Plasma Physics Norway
Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH Coordinator Austria
Institute of Power Engineering Poland
Luleå University of Technology Sweden
SP Technical Research Institute of SE Sweden
Technology and Support Centre of Renewable Raw Materials Germany
Umeå University Sweden
University of Eastern FI Finland