Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 90/2008

Energy from Biomass

Colloquium “Sustainable BioEconomy” Focuses on the Smart Use of Renewable Resources
Biomass that is not used for food production is gaining importance
in the energy sector
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In Germany, more than 90% of the heat and about a quarter of the electricity produced from renewable resources are based on biomass. In the future, it will be important to open up new biomass sources that are not used in the food chain for energy production. Contributions to that subject will be presented by the colloquium “Sustainable BioEconomy” that will take place at the Center for Advanced Technological and Environment Training on the northern KIT campus (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe) on December 08 and 09.

Development of both food and energy prices have shown that it is highly important to use biomass not suited for food production. The colloquium will therefore focus on the development of a sustainable economy. Presentations will cover biomass-based chemical energy carriers that may successively replace conventional fossil fuels in transportation, chemical production, and pharmaceutical applications. In addition, chemical and thermal technologies and processes will be presented, which allow for an environmentally compatible direct or indirect use of biomass for energy production.

The colloquium will reflect the state of the art of the use of biomass. In parallel, the processes are assessed by integrated systems analyses covering the entire process chain. Based on the resulting balances, ways of reducing CO2 emission as a major climate protection target can be discussed.

Journalists are cordially invited to attend the colloquium on December 8 from 13.15 hrs to 18.30 hrs and on December 9 from 9.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs.

For further information on the colloquium, click the program.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, member of the Helmholtz Association, and the Universität Karlsruhe. This merger will give rise to an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. In total, the KIT has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros. The KIT focuses on the knowledge triangle of research – teaching – innovation.

The Karlsruhe institution is a leading European energy research center and plays a visible role in nanosciences worldwide. KIT sets new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists and attracts top scientists from all over the world. Moreover, KIT is a leading cooperation partner of industry.

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