Frequently Asked Questions

Which countries does BioenNW work in?

Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom

How can BioenNW support my organisation?

BioenNW can offer a range of benefits and services to your organisation. Please visit the Bioenergy Support Centre page for details.

How can I find out what BioenNW is doing?

BioenNW has the following communication channels: Twitter (@BioenergyEurope), LinkedIn, a BioenNW newsletter. Blogs, press releases and events are posted on a regular basis to the website. You can also sign up to receive a copy of the BioenNW newsletter twice a year to keep up to date with the latest BioenNW project developments.

What is bioenergy?

Bioenergy is renewable energy made from any organic material from plants or animals. Sources of bioenergy are called biomass and include agricultural and forestry residues, municipal solid wastes, industrial wastes, and terrestrial and aquatic crops grown solely for energy purposes. Dried anaerobic residue, sewage sludge, husk from rice, wheat, barley, oil pressing cake from rape, soy bean, cocoa butter, olive, sunflower, straw from rape, wheat, rice, miscanthus, wood, algae, corn residue, meat and bone meal, residues from composting, grass and spen tbrewers grain have all been successfully tested as feedstocks for the Pyroformer™.

How do you produce bioenergy from waste sources?

The main process involved in turning waste into bioenergy is called pyrolysis. The word is coined from the Greek-derived elements pyr “fire” and lysis “separating”. Pyrolysis is essentially the process of using heat to break down waste into a form of charcoal known as biochar and synthetic gas (a mix of carbon monoxide, hydrogen and very often some carbon dioxide). BioenNW is focused on the use of intermediate pyrolysis – which takes place under temperatures of around 450°C – and anaerobic digestion.

What is wrong with landfill?

Landfill is increasingly becoming unacceptable for organisations to use to treat waste. The methane that is produced as the waste breaks down is far more powerful than carbon dioxide. The European Union has set challenging targets aimed at reducing the amount of biodegradable waste that could be sent to landfill in all member states. Landfill also wastes valuable resources. If waste can be reused or recycled instead, it saves the natural resources needed to produce goods in the first place. Landfill wastes energy as waste contains energy and can be recovered to generate power.

Is energy from waste safe?

Yes. Energy from waste is an established process that is already being used in countries such as Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Sweden and Switzerland. The Pyroformer is emission free and offers a carbon negative bioenergy solution. By law bioenergy plants must comply with the Waste Incineration Directive (WID). This European Union Directive details how bioenergy plants must be designed and operated.