Research, Demonstration & Deployment
Information on Advanced Biofuels
Image (left): The world's first Advanced
Ethanol plant in Crescentino, Italy, developed by Beta Renewables. Copyright © Biochemtex
Short Rotation Coppice - a sustainable
feedstock for advanced biofuels,
which can be grown on marginal land.
Image copyright © FNR
The Chemrec Bio-DME demonstration
facility in Sweden
Image copyright © Chemrec
As announced in the EBTP newsletters from April and September 2016, EBTP is currently in transition to the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy - in short ETIP Bioenergy. The EC funded project in support of EBTP activities, EBTP-SABS, ended on 31 August 2016. The next few weeks will see the transition of responsibility for the website and dissemination from CPL Press, responsible since its inception 10 years ago, to FNR.
With the move to ETIP Bioenergy, the focus of EBTP will not only broaden to innovative bioenergy in general; Representatives of new stakeholder groups such as the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and the biomass panel of the Renewable Heating and Cooling ETIP will join the Steering Committee; Also the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI) of the SET-Plan will be integrated; and EU Member State experts will become actively involved in the Advisory Board of ETIP Bioenergy. This should allow more cooperative discussions with the Member States where strategic advice will be delivered by the ETIP Bioenergy. The new Terms of Reference of ETIP Bioenergy describe scope, objectives and structure in more detail.
Also ETIP Bioenergy will be supported by an EU funded project, ETIP Bioenergy SABS (support to advanced bioenergy stakeholders) which commenced on 1 September 2016. ETIP Bioenergy SABS will strive to keep the strengths of EBTP support and to improve the weaknesses- your feedback and input will be crucial for the success of new activities!
The Mission of the European Biofuels Technology Platform has been to contribute to:
through a process of guidance, prioritisation and promotion of research, technology development and demonstration.
Established in 2006, the European Biofuels Technology Platform is supervised by a Steering Committee. The activities are carried out by the members of Four Working Groups covering: Biomass supply and demand; Conversion technologies and fuel production; End Use and distribution; and Policy and sustainability. There is also liaison with national biofuels platforms and bioenergy associations and Member States representatives. The EBTP is supported by a Secretariat. Dissemination, networking and knowledge sharing among stakeholders is supported by the EBTP-SABS team.
The European Biofuels Technology Platform actively engages with biofuels stakeholders (researchers, academia, civil societies, industry), EC-funded research projects and initiatives, related European TPs and global biofuels organisations in a wide range of activites relevant to the R&D&D of sustainable advanced biofuels in Europe. In particular, the EBTP has developed a Strategic Research Agenda for Biofuels in Europe and is actively involved in the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative EIBI.
The European Biofuels Technology Platform website is one of the world's leading public information sources on biofuels and includes a wide range of background information relating to research, demonstration and commercial deployment of Advanced Biofuels in Europe, and related topics covering sustainable low carbon transport, biomass supply and demand, European energy security and rural development: