CenBio Workshop: How to ensure bioenergy production in a sustainable and efficient manner in Norway? - From strategies to action

FME CenBio - Bioenergy Innovation Centre - organized a workshop on bioenergy production with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability, 22 September 2015 at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. Both R&D representatives and industry (both CenBio and non-CenBio) were invited in order to cover the entire value chain.

The day began with a short introduction to how CenBio works with sustainability assessment of the various value chains. This was followed by two interesting and educational presentations from researchers in our neighboring country, Sweden. We heard what the Swedish forestry sector looks like, what are their challenges and which opportunities they investigate and implement in order to get a more efficient forestry industry ("Efficient forest fuel supply system" / "Storage"). Then we followed a presentation from Arbaflame, a company that produces upgraded biofuels by steam explosion for use as coal substitute through cofiring in coal fired plants.

The first part of the afternoon was devoted to Norwegian district heating and we heard interesting presentations from Hafslund, Telemark University College and Statkraft. They all presented district heating from their respective angle, including new technologies, opportunities and challenges. Waste-to-Energy, biomass combustion and biogas production were covered during this part of the workshop. The presentations gave a good insight into this part of bioenergy production that is the biggest in Norway when it comes to bioenergy production apart from residential heating (wood stoves). Finally, an interesting report from the Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet) was presented. This report presents concrete measures that can be implemented to reach a low-carbon society in the coming decades. It will be a central support/tool for politicians in their decision-taking processes including policy shaping.

The day ended with a good discussion about politics, profitability and obstacles. During the discussions it became clear that there are some political issues (clear strategy, regulatory/legal framework) which represent great obstacles. As there were no politicians present the attendants discussed shortly how it could be possible to inform decision makers and cooperate with politicians.

The agenda is available here with links to the presentations.

Judit Sandquist

SINTEF Energy Research / CenBio WP 1.3 Leader


Published September 30, 2015