CENBIO - Enabling sustainable and cost-efficient bioenergy in Norway
Why we need research on stationary bioenergy
To counter the effects of climate change, the global average temperature must not rise beyond two degrees compared to pre-industrial times. Yet, the world's energy consumption is expected to increase by more than 50 % between 2010 and 2040.
Bioenergy is expected to play a big role in our energy future according to the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: "Bioenergy's share of total regional electricity and liquid fuels is projected to be up to 35 and 75 percent, respectively, by 2050".*
Enhanced use of renewable energy, such as bioenergy, is a part of the climate solution. Bioenergy relies on biomass, consisting of any organic material which has stored sunlight in the form of chemical energy. The ultimate goal of stationary bioenergy is to convert this energy into heat and/or electricity in the most sustainable way.
Throughout 8 years, FME CenBio has addressed the entire value chains of virgin biomass and biodegradable waste fractions, including their production, harvesting and transportation, their conversion to heat, power and biogas, and the handling and upgrade of residues to valuable products. We need research and innovation to enable sustainable and cost-efficient bioenergy industry in Norway.
This is a formidable task, requiring knowledge and competence from numerous research disciplines and industrial sectors.