ETIP Bioenergy-SABS - European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy - Support of Advanced Bioenergy Stakeholders 2016-17
Biofuels play a key role in the energy and climate strategy of the EU. So far they are the only renewable energy carrier which contributes significantly to the energy demand of the transport sector. In the medium term this will continue, at least for sectors such as heavy duty road transport and aviation. Since 2006, the European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) that has now been transformed to the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy) has supported the development of cost-competitive world-class biofuels value chains and the acceleration of their sustainable deployment in the EU.
From 2006-2013, the activities of the EBTP were administered by a Secretariat, with partial support from the EC. The contract for the Secretariat of the EBTP ended in March 31st 2013. Following a call under FP7-ENERGY-2013-IRP, a new Coordination and Support Action (609607), EBTP-SABS: Support for Advanced Biofuels Stakeholders, commenced in September 2013 and run until the summer of 2016. Since September 2016, the project ‘European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy – Support of Advanced Bioenergy Stakeholders 2016-17 (ETIP Bioenergy-SABS)’, funded by the Horizon2020 Framework Programme for Technology and Innovation of the European Commission under Grant Agreement No. 727509 has taken over the tasks of the EBTP-SABS project and therewith is actively supporting the ETIP Bioenergy aiming to facilitate co-operations among bioenergy stakeholders in Europe.
The objective of the ETIP Bioenergy-SABS project is to provide support to all activities of ETIP Bioenergy which are of interest to the biofuels and bioenergy community as a whole and the general public. This includes information about technological, market, political, regulatory and financial developments and deployment activities such as the set-up and operation of pilot and demonstration facilities and surrounding research. The advancement of the SET Plan objectives as well as the implementation of the ETIP Bioenergy Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) are major foci in the work programme of the project.
The team of the ETIP Bioenergy-SABS projects initiates discussion and interaction between various groups of stakeholders and the working groups of the ETIP Bioenergy on 'hot topics' related to the accelerated deployment of the most promising value chains for advanced biofuels and bioenergy technologies. Informing the biofuels and bioenergy debate with scientifically correct, unbiased information will serve all biofuel and bioenergy stakeholders. The information will be provided at several levels of detail: general information to support those entering the biofuels/bioenergy community as well as the general public; more detailed information to support research or deployment activities; and links to research projects, demonstration facilities, external reports, stakeholders and training courses to support those who actively seek to implement biofuels and bioenergy technologies. Key instruments to achieve this aim will be the ETIP Bioenergy website, fact sheets, reports, newsletters and networking events at different scales.
ETIP Bioenergy-SABS will support the four different ETIP Bioenergy Working Groups comprising a pool of experts from research, industry, governments and NGOs providing expertise in 4 key areas to:
- Improve feedstock sustainability and availability by addressing logistics, land use issues and production of a diversity of feedstocks (wastes, aquatic and microbial biomass, cellulosic energy crops, etc);
- Demonstrate conversion of feedstocks to advanced biofuels via innovative technologies at industrial scale (biochemical, thermochemical, etc), to establish best-performing value chains, overcome technical bottlenecks, and lower capex and opex;
- Develop end use of advanced biofuels in road, air, marine and rail transport and other uses, through innovations in fuel use, engines and infrastructure;
- Accelerate market deployment of the most promising advanced biofuels to contribute to the EU strategy on climate change mitigation and sustainable transport across all Member States and to improve European energy security and technology leadership, and help create 1000s of new jobs in the bioeconomy.
Specific ETIP Bioenergy-SABS tasks include:
- Support of the ETIP Bioenergy, its Steering Committee, and its Working Groups (e.g. Organisation of regular SC meetings, member acquisition, dissemination of relevant information)
- Implementation of the ETIP Bioenergy Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to inform priorities for research and demonstration under Horizon 2020
- Development of strategic solutions to overcome the major barriers to the deployment of advanced biofuels in Europe (e.g. funding, training, feedstock issues, technology bottlenecks, need for robust operational case studies, reduction in capex and opex, innovative support mechanisms);
- Expansion and update of information on demonstration and flagship facilities, and support of research activities in the field of advanced biofuels and bioenergy
- Provision of updated information on events, reports, feedstock availability, funding and deployment issues
- Dissemination and knowledge sharing through the ETIP Bioenergy website, online newsletters and databases
- Organisation of Stakeholder Plenary Meetings. The next SPM will be held in 2018. More than 100 stakeholders are expected.
The ETIP Bioenergy-SABS project is coordinated by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) in Germany that has been in charge of the coordination and involved in major activities of the platform since it was launched in 2006. FNR is the central coordinating agency in the area of Renewable Resources in Germany acting on behalf of the German Federal Ministery of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). Bioenergy2020+ is the Austrian competence centre for bioenergy R&D and has been involved in numerous national, European and international projects in biofuels and bioenergy research and biofuels dissemination. Bioenergy2020+ takes responsibility for biofuels sector monitoring and will provide input for the establishment of new databases and fact sheets. The Central European Initiative (CEI), based in Italy, has a wide network of contacts with ministries and researchers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, and is mostly responsible for the elaboration of efficient internal and external communication strategies. ETA-Florence Renewable Energies is a consultancy and engineering firm active in the field of renewable energy since 1994. In the ETIP Bioenergy-SABS project, ETA provides expertise in the field of website engineering and dissemination activities.
Members of the ETIP Bioenergy-SABS team include :
Central European Initiative
ETA-Florence Renewable Energies
To discover more about ETIP Bioenergy-SABS activities and how you can become involved in the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy, or to offer any feedback or suggestions please email info[at]etip-bioenergy.eu.
Publications of the ETIP Bioenergy-SABS project will be accessible on this website after their completion. As some of the documents remain of relevance for the work of ETIP Bioenergy-SABS and further may be important sources of information for the general public, several EBTP-SABS documents can be found below: