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SUBJECT 1: BIOMASS RESOURCES


1.1 Biomass potentials and biomass mobilisation
Assessments of biomass potentials and land availability at regional, national and international levels; Biomass mobilisation; Biomass logistics; Spatial modelling and remote sensing.

1.2 Biomass feedstock, residues and by-products
Supply of bio-wastes, residues and by-products from agriculture and forestry: mobilisation, characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage.

1.3 Energy crops and energy grasses
Agricultural production of non-woody plant biomass: plant breeding, cultivation, characterisation and harvest technologies, logistics and storage; Novel crops and alternative cropping systems.

1.4 Short rotation forestry and short rotation coppice
Agricultural production of woody biomass: plant breeding, cultivation, characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage.

1.5 Algae production systems
Identification, assessment and optimisation of algae strains; Technologies and systems for algae cultivation, nutrition and harvesting; Oil and chemical extraction.



SUBJECT 2: BIOMASS CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEATING, COOLING AND ELECTRICITY


2.1 Production and supply of solid biofuels
Technologies for solid biofuel production: chipping, pelletising, briquetting, etc.; Production and characterisation of solid biofuels from innovative feedstocks; Solid biofuel logistics and storage.

2.2 Solid biofuels combustion for small and medium scale applications
Innovative concepts for stoves, boilers, micro-CHP, steam and stirling engines, organic rankine cycles, etc; Abatement of corrosion and fouling; Emission control; Auxiliary equipment; Tri-generation (power, heat and cooling).

2.3 Solid biofuels combustion in large utilities
Co-firing plants; Process monitoring; Control systems; Abatement of corrosion and fouling; Emission control; Tri-generation (power, heat and cooling).

2.4 Gasification for power, CHP and polygeneration
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning and upgrading; Gas utilisation and engine innovations; By-product utilisation.

2.5 Gasification for synthesis gas production
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning and upgrading; By-product utilisation.

2.6 Anaerobic digestion for biogas production
Characterisation and optimisation of anaerobic digestion; Plant and fermenter concepts; Anaerobic fermentation of innovative feedstocks; Biogas utilisation for power, CHP and poly-generation.



SUBJECT 3: BIOMASS CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES FOR INTERMEDIATES, LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUELS, CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS


3.1 Production of advanced solid biofuels
Thermal upgrading of solid biofuels: Torrefaction, hydrothermal carbonisation, charcoal production, etc.

3.2 Pyrolysis and other biomass liquefaction technologies
Production of liquid bioenergy carriers from solid biomass: Fundamentals and studies; Technology development; Process characterisation and modelling; Hydrothermal liquefaction, bio-crude-oil upgrading and utilisation (combustion tests, chemical extraction, gasification, etc.); By-product utilisation.

3.3 Oil-based biofuels
Innovative processes for the production of oil-based fuels (biodiesel, aviation fuel, etc.) from oilseeds, algae, wastes, etc; Biofuel blending, distribution and logistics.

3.4 Biomethane
Upgrading of methane rich gases (biologically and thermochemically produced) and biomethane grid injection.

3.5 Bioethanol and sugar release from lignocellulosic biomass
Lignocellulosic ethanol: Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass, cellulose hydrolysis, C6 and C5 fermentation; Innovations in bioethanol production from starch and sugar plants.

3.6 Synthetic biofuels
Production of fuels from syngas; Innovative direct conversion process, etc. (FT-diesel, jet fuels, etc.).

3.7 Biorefineries and chemicals production
Biomass pre-treatment; Integrated multi-product approaches; Combined production of fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass; Sugar fermentation to other chemicals than ethanol; Drop in fuels, bio-plastics, hydrogen, etc.; Production of bio-fertilizers.



SUBJECT 4: BIOMASS POLICIES, MARKETS AND SUSTAINABILITY


4.1 Markets, Investments & Financing
Global bioenergy markets; Bioenergy commodities trading, contracting and long distance transport; Externalities assessment; Economic viability of bioenergy projects; Financial support schemes; Market stimulation policies; Partnerships programmes for supply security.

4.2 Sustainability assessment and criteria
Life cycle analyses, sustainability schemes, certification, national and international standards related to sustainability; Labelling for bioenergy and bio-products; Support programmes; Scientific monitoring; Sustainable resource management.

4.3 Environmental impacts of bioenergy
Indirect land use change (ILUC); Agricultural intensification; Assessment of GHG reduction and carbon capture; Estimated contribution to the mitigation of climate change; Agro-environmental assessments in temperate and tropical regions.

4.4 Resource efficient bioeconomy
Biomass use by utilities; Innovation, growth, job creation; Socio-economic opportunities, competition and risk mitigation of the increased use of biomass for food, feed, fibre, fuel, health, bio-materials and green chemistry.

4.5 Biomass strategies and policies
National, regional, local bioenergy and bioeconomy strategies; Strategies for international cooperation; Biomass utilisation concepts for bioenergy and biobased products; National Renewable Energy Action Plans; Integration of bioenergy with other renewable sources; Public perception and acceptance.


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