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BEST in brief
Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for
Tomorrow (BEST) is a Finnish public-
private research program. BEST cros...
About CLIC Innovation Ltd
The BEST consortium is managed by
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Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Tomorrow (BEST) research program factsheet


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Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Tomorrow (BEST) research program factsheet describing the four-year-program

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Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Tomorrow (BEST) research program factsheet

  1. 1. BEST in brief Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Tomorrow (BEST) is a Finnish public- private research program. BEST crosses traditional business area boundaries and joins the strengths of forest and energy sectors, complemented by the know-how of technology and consulting companies and research organizations. The consortium consists of 22 companies and 12 research organizations. The program runs for four years (2013-2016) with an annual budget of roughly 4 MEUR. BEST - SUSTAINABLE BIOENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR TOMORROW BEST FACTSHEET MARCH 2016 BEST Program Manager For more information, please contact Kaisu Leppänen Mob.: +358 44 288 4824 E-mail: CLIC Innovation Ltd. c/o Spinverse Oy Innopoli 2, Tekniikantie 14 FI–02150 Espoo, FINLAND Solution Architect for Global Bioeconomy & Cleantech Opportunities BEST is an ecosystem program aiming to create sustainable bioenergy business opportunities for the future. The program builds on the existing Finnish strengths in energy technology and integrated concepts, which have been applied successfully by the forest and energy companies. Bioenergy is a key part of the renewable energy mix. It has great potential in mitigating climate change, meeting the growing global energy demand in a sustainable way and promoting local energy self-sufficiency. However, major global developments have posed new questions that must to be solved before all the benefits of bioenergy can be put to full use. Global energy demand is increasing, mostly due to growing economic welfare and urbanization, especially in developing countries. This calls for efficient and sustainable energy concepts that can satisfy the specific needs of each market environment. Renewable energy sources have taken most of the market growth, and investments are likely to remain at a high level. To understand the opportunities of bioenergy in relation to other renewables, an energy system approach is needed. Policy-related uncertainty is rising in some key OECD markets. Relying on subsidies might no longer be a viable option. The use of biomass is expected to diversify into a wide variety of end products (materials, chemicals) to replace fossil-based ones, which will increase the demand for biomass. Also, the variable costs, i.e. the feedstock costs play an important role for the competitiveness of bioenergy compared to other renewables. Hence, it is important that the available resources are used efficiently and to the maximum benefit. New competences, operating models, networks and system-level studies are needed in order to create winning and sustainable solutions to these challenges. BIOENERGY SIMULATION COST EFFICIENCYBUSINESS MODELS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OPTIMIZATION MEASUREMENTS BIOGAS BIOREFINERY SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY CITY BIOENERGY CONCEPTS DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS COMBUSTION HOLISTIC SOLUTIONS BIOFUEL ENVIRONMENT BIOMASS RAW MATERIALS BIOECONOMY RENEWABLE ENERGY ENERGY SYSTEM INTEGRATED CONCEPTS RESOURCE EFFICIENCY ECOSYSTEM MARKETS SUPPLY CHAINS STORAGES BIOMASS TERMINALS LOGISTICS QUALITY SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
  2. 2. About CLIC Innovation Ltd The BEST consortium is managed by CLIC Innovation Ltd. CLIC Innovation is an open innovation cluster with the mission of creating breakthrough solutions in bioeconomy, energy and cleantech. CLIC Innovation coordinates R&D&I project portfolios to construct systemic solutions which are beyond the resources of individual operators. The cluster is a cross-organizational fast-moving network. The shareholders of the nonprofit CLIC Innovation Ltd include 30 companies and 17 universities and research institutions. BEST research aims at optimizing the role and competitiveness of bioenergy and ensuring efficiency and sustainability throughout the bioenergy value chains Solution Architect for Global Bioeconomy & Cleantech Opportunities Participating organisations Andritz, Arbonaut, Ekokem, Etelä- Savon Energia, Fortum, Gasum, Helen, Indufor, Mantsinen Group, Measurepolis Development, Metsä Group, Metsäteho, Neste, Pohjolan Voima, Prometec, Savcor, Senfit, Stora Enso, UPM, Valmet Automation, Valmet Technologies, ÅF-Consult, Aalto University, Finnish Environmental Institute, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Tampere University of Technology, University of Eastern Finland, University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland The following key challenges – relevant in both national and international bioenergy applications – have been raised to the center of the BEST research agenda: 1. Bioenergy has to find its specific role and benefits in relation to other renewable energy sources. 2. Biomass supply chains have to be cost and resource efficient and reliable, including both quantity and quality aspects. 3. Bioenergy can often strongly benefit from being operated in parallel with other production (materials, chemicals, food). Concepts where the role of bioenergy is optimized so that different uses for biomass complement rather than compete with each other need to be identified. 4. All of the activities along the biomass supply chains and bioenergy production must be accomplished in a sustainable way. It has been recognized during the program that being prepared and proactive in sustainability issues can be a source of growth. Responding to these challenges successfully will create a number of positive impacts: • Bioenergy finds its competitive role in the future energy system and in the bioeconomy / circular economy frameworks • Bioenergy helps mitigate climate change • Bioenergy supports local self-sufficiency and local employment strategies • Subsidy requirements decrease or disappear when the cost efficiency of the bioenergy chains improves • The Finnish companies are able to expand their businesses both globally and nationally SMART MEASUREMENTS FEEDSTOCK INTEGRATION INTELLIGENT ERP LOGISTICS & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT CUSTOMER FEEDBACK OPTIMISED STORAGES