Generating energy through the conversion of solid, liquid and gaseous biomass resources
Bioenergy refers to the conversion of solid, liquid and gaseous biomass resources to generate energy. It is the main source of renewable energy on a global scale. As a multipurpose source it can be utilised to provide heat, electricity and transport fuels.
Bioenergy can function as a baseload power source that can meet demand for nonstop power generation. Its stable nature means it is an important tool in helping decarbonising the electricity sector, and other sectors such as aviation, shipping and long-haul transport where other clean energy sources are not yet viable. Bioenergy will play an essential role in meeting global climate goals.
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A new report from the University of Copenhagen shows that the burning of wood is significantly more climate-friendly than coal and a little more climate-friendly than natural gas in the long run. For the first time, researchers have quantified how the transition of 10 Danish combined heat and power plants (CHP plants) from coal or natural gas to biomass has affected their greenhouse gas emissions.
The Danish government and eight signatory parties across the political spectrum have entered into an agreement on legal requirements for wood biomass used to produce heat and electricity in Denmark. Among other things, it must provide greater assurance that the biomass used is as sustainable and climate-friendly as possible.
The European Union is pushing its member states to implement any measure that can minimize agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Extracting proteins from forage grasses and legumes is possible and it does indeed represent a more climate- and environmental solution, as grass and legumes are perennial high yielding crops in protein output and carbon sequestration.
Danish companies experienced solid growth in energy technology exports in 2019. Exports grew by 13.5 per cent compared to the previous year. Danish wind turbines and other green energy solutions are particularly popular abroad.
Last year, Denmark recorded the lowest coal consumption at just 5 per cent of national energy consumption. Meanwhile, wind energy is breaking records in quantity and price, shaving off CO2 emissions every year.
Yesterday, the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities met the international press at State of Green in Copenhagen to discuss the green transition, climate ambitions and Denmark’s international role in mitigating the effects of climate change.
The next application round for P4G funding to partnerships with a sustainable business model is open. Funding of between USD 100,000 to USD 1,000,000 is available to either partnerships with a start-up or a scale-up concept.
Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2°C can only be achieved by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its report released on August 8, 2019. Denmark welcomes the report and fully supports the transition to more sustainable land use and food production.
3 million end-of-life tires (ELT) are collected every year across the EU countries. But the way they are processed is far from optimal. Although most of ELT are recycled, one third are still incinerated for energy purposes. These ELT are treated as waste instead of the valuable resource they are. The consequences of not recycling […]
The aim of the white paper is to share some of Denmark’s solutions and experiences from our ongoing transition to a sustainable agriculture and food cluster that is based on renewable biological resources and ultra resource-efficient production. We believe that by doing so, we can make a tangible contribution to achieving progress on the global […]
One of Denmark’s largest biomass fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants is located in the Aarhus area and was put into operation in spring 2017. It is a vital part of the Municipality of Aarhus’ Climate Strategy, which has replacing fossil fuels with sustainable energy as one of its cornerstones.
In this paper, you will meet the ten partners behind the Tours Network and find inspiration for site visits across energy efficiency, renewables, waste and resource management, clean air, water and climate adaptation.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark to explore these solutions and learn more about the concrete technologies, as well as connect with Danish stakeholders and share knowledge about green growth development, we encourage you to contact the Tours Network.
Today, approximately 70% of renewable energy consumption in Denmark is bioenergy-based, mostly in the form of straw, wood and renewable wastes. This White Paper gives an overview of Denmark’s solutions, cases and experiences in transforming sustainable biomass resources into competitive bioenergy solutions.
Ash from combustion of bio-fuel in power plants contains heavy metals and is currently regarded as a waste product only to be recycled to plantations and cultivated fields in small amounts. ASHBACK aims to improve the economy of bio-fuels by enabling more ash recycling through increased knowledge about both its safety and side effects. Centre […]
Kinetic Biofuel is a partnership between C.F. Nielsen and BioFuel Technology combining biomass briquetting experience with Biofuel experience. The co-operation was initiated through a development program together with the University of Aarhus in Foulum. The development program is supported with funds from the Danish Energy Ministry’s EUDP programme.
The aim towards a 100% renewable energy supply and optimum energy consumption by 2030 The Frederikshavn Municipality has prepared a strategy plan on renewable energy 2030. The strategy plan follows the Municipality action plan on the EU Covenant of Mayors agreement prepared in December 2012. The strategy plan is prepared to implement the energy policy of Frederikshavn Municipality for the entire Municipality as geographical boundary and aims […]
The Danish Energy Industries Federation is the energy sector federation within the Confederation of Danish Industry, Denmark’s largest private business organisation. The Danish Energy Industries Federation represents 400 companies active within: Manufacturing and developing energy technology Offering advisory services in the field of energy Producing and distributing energy Offering energy services Extracting energy resources The […]
The Dall Energy biomass furnace combines updraft gasification and gas combustion. Hereby several advantages are achieved: The plant becomes simpler and cheaper, the emissions are reduced and the furnace can regulate between 10-100%. In the bottom part, the solid fuel is converted into a burnable gas and fine ash. In the top layer, the fuel is […]
Do something about the energy resources As the world’s population grows and emerging economies expands rapidly, global demand and competition for energy are set to intensify in the decades to come. This will probably drive up prices of the world’s finite oil and other fossil fuel resources. Our energy resources are concentrated largely in a […]
In simple terms, Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is testing, verifying and documenting the performance of an environmental technology. The aim of ETV is to validate that the technology suits its purpose and performs as claimed. This means that your environmental technology can obtain a quality stamp from an independent verification unit in form of a […]
In Thisted Municipality we have two national Test Centers and development is also taking place within biogas and solar energy. Large Wind Turbines In 2012 the National Test Center for Large Wind Turbines, Oesterild, was opened. It has a capacity of 7 test benches for wind turbines with a height up to 250m. For more […]
Miscanthus together with willow and poplar can be the key to solving one of the future’s largest challenges of securing sufficient renewable energy that is sustainable in relation to the environment, the climate and the food supply. Scientists at Aarhus University believe that they will be able to double the amount of bioenergy produced from […]
The world’s area of arable land is limited, and at the same time the need for biological products for food, feed and energy is increasing. This calls for alternative solutions – for instance growth of marine bio-based products. Macroalgae represent a huge unexploited biological resource. They have many advantages making them a potential solution: Macroalgae […]
Energy2020 comprises the interaction of the following main activities: Energy Accounts: An account has been created for all consumed energy in the whole of the geographical area of the municipality. Ringkøbing-Skjern is Denmark’s largest municipality geographically, and here the total energy consumption is 10.6 PJ. An equal amount of renewable energy must be produced locally. […]
Bioenergy is energy stored in organic matter such as plants and animals that can be regenerated. The energy originates from sunlight that plants absorb in a process known as photosynthesis. In its simplest form, bioenergy consists of burning biomass sources such as wood, charcoal or animal wastes for cooking and heating purposes. This traditional application of bioenergy is still widespread in many countries.
With the help of technology, contemporary bioenergy entails the exploitation of what are known as biomass feedstocks to create solid, liquid and gaseous forms of energy. These biomass feedstocks fall into three main categories; residues and waste, forestry, crops and fast-growing grasses.
With a long track record in so-called triple helix collaboration, where governmental bodies, companies and research institutions cooperate, Denmark is a pioneer in the use of lignocellulosic biomass to produce energy. Numerous ultra-efficient full-scale biomass plants can be found in Denmark, which is an industry hub and testing ground for modern bioenergy technologies. The use of solid biomass in combined heat and power (CHP) plants to produce electricity and heat is widespread. The power plants are in the process of transitioning away from coal, whereby 2023, they will run solely on wood pellets and chips (woody biomass) and hay. In the agricultural sector, Denmark is spearheading new technologies that convert biogas and liquid biomass into energy. Home to the world’s first plant that produces bioethanol from straw, Denmark is also developing the use of enzymes for bioethanol production.
Danish biomass sources predominantly include straw, wood chips and pellets from both forestry and residuals from industry, the biodegradable part of municipal solid waste (MSW) and, increasingly, biogas from manure from pig and cattle farming.
Denmark is continuously expanding the range of innovative products supplied by biorefineries, with innovative biobased medicine and bioplastics being key examples.
Biogas, which is produced by anaerobic digestion of manure, slurry and organic waste, is growing rapidly in Denmark, where its production is expected to triple by 2020. It can be used as a fuel or to replace natural gas in central heating and electricity production. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating employment in regional areas, the use of biogas enables the recirculation of nutrients from different types of wastes, hence removing the dependency on imported fertilizer. Denmark is actually the global leader as measured according to the share of biogas in the natural gas grid.
When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow
Despite being known for its plethora of wind turbines, the application of bioenergy in Denmark is widespread. Bioenergy accounts for more than two-thirds of renewable energy produced and has been a key factor in the country’s declining CO2 emissions. A key advantage of biomass is that it can be stored. This is in contrast to wind and solar power, which are not yet commercially feasible. Therefore, a continued role for bioenergy is envisaged, as it can provide a stable and secure energy supply in an energy system that is based on renewables. Furthermore, using biomass helps reduce emissions related to the transportation of fossil fuels, as locally available biomass such as animal and plant residues can be used.
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For further information on bioenergy, please contact Henrik Skou, Project Manager, email@example.com.