Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions, Kaisu Leppänen


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Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions, Kaisu Leppänen

  1. 1. SUSTAINABLE BIOENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR TOMORROW (BEST) A joint research program by FIBIC Ltd. and CLEEN Ltd. FIBIC Annual seminar 20.11.2013 Kaisu Leppänen, Program Manager Spinverse Oy
  2. 2. BEST program – Creating the big picture of the bioenergy field Biomass feedstocks, potential and mobilization Technologies Pyrolysis, gasification, torrefaction, fermentation, combustion... Sustainability Strategies and policies Source: MTT 11/26/2013 Bioenergy carriers Chips, pellets, biomethane, biodiesel, bioethanol... Bionergy markets, investments and financing 2 Source: Andritz
  3. 3. BEST vision Finnish bioenergy actors cooperate as a bioenergy ecosystem and have worldclass know-how that can be used as competitive advantage in seizing global bioenergy opportunities Biomass producers Consultants and service providers Finnish bioenergy ecosystem Energy companies 11/26/2013 Forest companies Technology providers 3
  4. 4. The main objectives of the program - Joining the strengths of the energy and forest sectors 11/26/2013 4
  5. 5. BEST research areas Future bioenergy scenarios and strategies Biomass availability, price and quality Sustainability; health and safety issues Flexible and costefficient solutions for multi-fuel biomass supply chains Business environment 11/26/2013 Biomass supply Understanding new bioenergy markets Analysis and design of bioenergy systems Industrial bioenergy concepts 5 Bioenergy concepts and markets
  6. 6. Focus area 1: Understanding the future business environment Key issues: Research methods: Outcome: VISION Effect of new policies Competition for biomass Bioenergy vs. other renewables Effect of technological developments 11/26/2013 X X A critical and systematic summary of existing information Alternative future world 1 Alternative future world 2 ... Alternative future world n Creation and analysis of new visions and scenarios 6 X A roadmap for successful Finnish bioenergy business, incl. action plans and checkpoints
  7. 7. Focus area 2 – Sustainability Goal: Creating a systematic framework for defining and assessing the overall sustainability of different bioenergy chains, taking into account the different dimensions of sustainability: o Economic o Environmental o Social Place in the bioenergy chain (biomass / technology / bioenergy producer) Spatial dimension (global – local) Expected business impact: A set of approaches that companies can use for both defensive (reactive) and proactive sustainability strategies 11/26/2013 Temporal dimension (now – future) The basic framework for assessing the sustainability of bioenergy. (Source: LUT) 7
  8. 8. Focus area 3: Radical improvement of bioenergy supply chains Biomass availability and sourcing Logistics Main driver: The cost of biomass determines the profitability of bioenergy Measurement technologies Multi-fuel biomass terminals Targets:Cost-efficiency, flexibility, improved quality, efficient information management 11/26/2013 8
  9. 9. Focus area 4: Understanding new markets to boost opportunities for bioenergy export A thorough understanding of new markets and their business environment is a prerequisite for creating successful export concepts • Case areas: India, Poland, Germany, Baltic Sea area... • International patners of the program: ◦ India: TERI, IFSON ◦ IEA Bioenergy ◦ Ongoing discussion with Argentine partners Biomass transportation in India. Source: VTT 11/26/2013 9
  10. 10. Why use India as a case country for bioenergy? “India is set to overtake China in the 2020s as the principal source of growth in global energy demand.” Biomass sources in India: “China and India together build almost 40% of the world’s new power generation capacity.” - World Energy Outlook, IEA Source: Biomass Resource Atlas of India, 11/26/2013 10
  11. 11. Focus area 5: Urban city bioenergy concepts Main driver: The most likely future bioenergy application environment is a big city. What is the role of bioenergy and biomaterials in future cities? What is the potential of waste-to-energy applications in future cities? How should bioenergy systems be designed and integrated in different types of urban areas? Case countries: Finland, Germany, India 11/26/2013 11 Mumbai
  12. 12. BEST partners 21 companies, 13 research organizations 11/26/2013 12
  13. 13. Two phases of BEST: 2013-14 and 2015-16 • The volume of the program is about 4 MEUR annually • The current research areas and content are set until the end of 2014 ◦ The research needs of the latter phase will be determined based on the results and knowledge created in the first phase Photo: Stora Enso Photo: MTT Photo: Andritz 11/26/2013 13
  14. 14. Contact information • Program Manager: Kaisu Leppänen (Spinverse) kaisu.leppanen[at] • Public program websites: ◦ ◦ 11/26/2013 14
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