The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by JIE’s Chairman, Yutaka Kunigo, and Angela Grassi, EUBCE Conference Organiser. The partnership between EUBCE will strengthen collaboration and commitment in the biomass energy field and build up the conditions for new opportunities to establish research cooperation networks.
The first event, titled ‘EU-Japan Small-Scale Biomass Gasification Seminar’, will take place on 16th January 2019 and will be hosted by the Japanese Conference on Biomass Science (CBS14) in Higashihiroshima City and Art Center Kurara, Japan. The second event will take place during EUBCE 2019 on 27-30 May, in Lisbon, Portugal.
In recent years, the use of wood and wood residues for heat and power production from small-scale decentralised plants has increased in Japan, thanks to the growing interest in renewable energy and to the adoption of a supportive National policy framework. At the same time, ongoing research and technology developments across Europe led to significant improvements to small-scale biomass gasification systems and to the implementation of several commercial applications in Europe and worldwide. However, continuous research is still needed to tackle some issues related to the optimisation of both processes and technologies in this sector.
These seminars will gather researchers and professionals from Europe and from Japan to share updates and knowledge on the topic of combined heat and power production using small-scale gasification technologies, promoting national and international research networks.
The presentations will introduce the recent technological and research trends in small-scale biomass gasification technologies, the points of strength and the critical issues to address, for an efficient and sustainable production of energy and materials. Solutions and strategies to increase the flexibility of the process will be discussed, such as load modulation and fuel flexibility, as well as effective pathways for the management and the valorisation of gasification by-products such as char and tar. Methodologies for plant monitoring and for the assessment of the energetic and environmental performance of relevant gasification systems will be also presented, given their importance for different aspects such as the commissioning and authorization of plants and the development of new designs.
Case studies of small-scale gasification applications across Europe will be presented, scientific talks will be complemented by research-oriented technical presentations from technology companies to bring the main stakeholders´ interests together.