With 100 employees, BIOENERGY 2020+ is one of the largest international research centers dealing with technologies for the energetic use of biomass. Companies from all over the world use the specialized know-how of BIOENERGY 2020+. At the same time, the research institution acts as a competence center and is fully committed to the development of efficient and sustainable energy systems. BIOENERGY 2020+ combines exemplary, publicly co-financed basic research with privately funded contract research.

The research focus of the center includes all the essential technologies for the efficient and environmentally friendly provision of biomass fuels, heat, electricity and fuels. The focal points in detail are biomass combustion systems, biomass gasification, bioconversion, biogas systems, intelligent control systems for thermal technologies and processes, and higher-level energy management. Moreover, in the field of biorefineries and biobased economy, research is also being done on the possibilities of industrial, non-energetic use of biomass, e.g. the production of basic materials for the chemical industry. The services range from contract research, studies and analysis as well as consulting to market research.

The competence center is headquartered in Graz, with another two locations and two research centers spread over Austria. BIOENERGY 2020+ mediates between the economic needs of private companies and the opportunities for cutting-edge research, making it an important industry partner when it comes to developing cutting-edge technologies for using biomass. The research of BIOENERGY 2020+ always takes place with partners from industry and science. In order to sustainably secure the transfer of knowledge to the economy, BIOENERGY 2020+ also continuously educates young scientists.

The partners of the center are composed of the most renowned educational and research institutions in Austria. The Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Wien), Joanneum Research and many more form the backbone of BIOENERGY 2020+, and will continue to do so in the future. The Competence Center is funded by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the federal states of Burgenland, Lower Austria and Styria as part of COMET – Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies. COMET is managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.

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