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BioenNW in Germany

After the official launch on 26 October 2012, the German Bioenergy Support Centre (BSC) has started developing a bioenergy network. This network will work closely with stakeholders to provide practical bioenergy solutions and will attract members from all backgrounds such as: feedstock suppliers, technology providers, waste management companies, energy business/ grid operators, investors, universities/ research centres, environmental associations/ conservation, politicians, communities, authorising agencies, insurance companies and media.

Recently, this BSC participated at the Lab’InSight at the Centre of Agricultural Technology in Strée, Belgium on 11 December 2012 where it had an exhibition stand and staff from BioenNW partner HI3 GmbH gave a presentation. Lab’InSight is a LIEU (Liaison Entreprises-Universités) and SPoW (Science Parks of Wallonia) networks initiative. This event brought into focus innovative processes of converting biomass into energy and recovery of by-products.

The German BSC was also present at a Euregional event when pioneer members Evelyn and Ulrich Wirtz from HI3 GmbH, attended BMI 2013, in Maastricht, The Netherlands on 29 January 2013. BMI 2013, hosted by TeTTRA (TeTRRA), is a networking event organized by key innovation workers in the Euregion. BMI stands for:

– Brains: from knowledge institutions, research centers and their networks;
– Money: like existing subsidies in the Euregion, vouchers, loans, investment money;
– Innovation: regional contact points to presentate / get to know innovations, possible partner companies and existing tools.

BMI 2013 had a packed programme of events including thematic meetings, business pitches, a networking event and dinner. Of particular interest to the BSC was an event entitled “Biobased Economy: Techno-economic feasibility of processing local biomass resources in an integrated way”.

The UK BSC in the West Midlands is currently in the process of identifying five possible locations to develop innovative bioenergy schemes through a regional competition. The German BSC will also now run a similar competition in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany.

Words by Evelyn Wirtz, HI3 GmbH, Germany