IEA Bioenergy Task 40 Webinar – “Deployment of Bioenergy combined with Carbon Capture and Storage or Utilisation (BECCS/U)”

16 June 2020

This webinar presents the findings of the report:“Deployment of BECCS/U value chains”  –Technological pathways, policy options and business models

This report focuses on the potential and challenges associated with deploying BECCS systems and value chains in the near to medium term. It provides a brief overview of different technological options for capture, transport and storage of CO2, and offers insights into how BECCS business models could be set up. Furthermore the role of public policy in this setting is discussed, and how bioenergy with carbon capture and utilization (BECCU) could play a role in enabling BECCS deployment.

Some conclusions:

  • Bioethanol production facilities are a particularly low-hanging fruit because of the high concentrations of CO2 available for capture. Applications in pulp and paper mills also show promise thanks to substantial CO2 concentrations and availability of excess heat that can be used in the capture processes. In addition, there are BECCS pilot and demonstration projects under development in both power stations (using wood pellets) and in waste-to-energy facilities.
  • In terms of transportation and storage infrastructure of captured CO2, these will most likely be shared among CCS systems irrespective of whether the source of CO2 is fossil or biogenic.
  • Actual deployment of BECCS will require public policy interventions at several levels. There is a need for financing to de-risk and/or co-finance industrial investments in large-scale demonstration facilities. In addition, there needs to be a policy mechanism in place that rewards negative emissions.
  • Technological obstacles to near to medium-term deployment of BECCS systems are likely not prohibitive. However, the policy measures required to incentivize the demonstration, deployment and operation of BECCS value chains are currently largely absent.

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IEA Bioenergy Task 40 Webinar – Future Prospects for Wood Pellet Markets (Poster)   

13 November 2019

This webinar presents the findings of the report “Margin potential for a long-term sustainable wood pellet supply chain”.

Wood pellets are well-established in residential heat and large-scale industrial (power) markets, and existing supply can deliver wood pellets at reasonable prices. Yet, given the competition with other renewables (solar, wind), and building efficiency in the longer-term, wood pellet markets are under price pressure, and actually could shrink in the near future,  specially for co-firing in powerplants.

The report showed that:

  • further technology development can reduce wood pellet costs along (international) supply chains significantly, and
  • can broaden the feedstock base to low-cost material (e.g. bagasse, wood wastes), while
  • torrefaction can, compared to traditional white pellets, improve energy, GHG and cost performance of long-distance supply, allowing for widespread applications.

In case studies, future options for pellets were explored (high-temperature industrial heat, steelmaking, BECCS/U), and it was shown that potential exists there, allowing to help achieving the Paris Agreements and the SDGs, especially if adequate CO2  prices are introduced in energy markets.

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IEA Bioenergy Webinar – Biomass Pretreatment Options to Diversify the Resource Base

25 April 2019

An increased demand for biomass means that greater mobilisation of biomass resources will be required to meet market needs. The availability of biomass has been addressed in many studies and may be limited by various environmental, economic, logistical, technical or policy factors. The breadth of suitable biomass feedstocks can be expanded by pretreating otherwise marginal-quality materials to improve their energy content, chemical composition or physical properties. This webinar presents the results of an IEA Bioenergy intertask project that focused on opportunities for biomass pretreatment. It shows how currently available pretreatment technologies and technologies under development can help the supply chains for available solid biomass resources for thermochemical conversion. Five carefully selected case studies describe key options for pretreatment of solid biomass resources for energy generation, including their costs, effectiveness and commercial status.

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Perception and Positions of Stakeholders Towards Bioenergy

5 February 2019

Perceptions and positions of stakeholders towards bioenergy vary widely, depending amongst others on the
type of feedstock used, conversion technology and end-use, regional settings etc. In this webinar, we first
present the viewpoints and positions of international stakeholders based on insights from over 200
questionnaire responses (on topics such as awareness, barriers, challenges, drivers and conditions to gain
support for the bioenergy sector), two roundtables and 11 dedicated interviews with international stakeholders
in the biobased economy such as DSM, RSB, Bioenergy Europe and Greenpeace. We then briefly present the
results from several regional case studies, and provide recommendations on how to engage more successfully
with a broad range of stakeholders so that policies and sustainability governance are perceived as legitimate
and help build-up social capital, trust, and support among all stakeholders. Lastly, we outline how this work will be continued in IEA Bioenergy in the coming years.

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1 December: WEBINAR – The Hotspots of the Global Wood Pellet Industry and Trade 2017

This webinar will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9:30 am Eastern Time / 3:30 pm Central European Time / 2:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time. For more information and a description of the webinar, please see the attached poster.

Our e-Lectures are delivered through the Adobe®Connect™ web conferencing software. This means that the presentation file will be broadcast through the webinar platform.

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International Webinar – 14 March 2017The European Wood Pellet For Small-Scaling Heatingby Fabian Schipfer and Task 40 representatives.