IEA Bioenergy Task 33: Gasification of Biomass and Waste (Working Period 2016 - 2018)

The objectives of Task 33 are to monitor, review and exchange information on biomass and waste gasification research, development, and demonstration and to promote cooperation among the participating countries and industry to eliminate technological impediments to the advancement of thermal gasification of biomass and waste.

Short Description

The scope of the work for Task 33 is the organization of semi-annual Task Meetings to exchange and review global R&D programs and projects on gasification to identify barriers to commercialize biomass and waste gasification process (BMG). In the last triennium (2016-2018) six meetings and five workshops were held on a specific topic. The publications, country reports and presentations of workshops are available on the website

Conduct subtask studies including focused technical workshops, with industrial and academic experts to address the key barriers to advancing BMG. Wherever possible, conduct joint studies with related tasks, annexes, and other international activities to pursue mutually beneficial investigations.

In the last triennium Austria worked on the following Task Projects:

  • Country Reports
  • Workshop contributions related to specific topic
  • Special projects (Status report)
  • Publications (Minutes, WS Reports, Newsletter)
  • Regular update of Task 33 database
  • Newsletter contributions
  • New design of Task 33 website and its maintenance

In addition, Austria actively worked on standards and norms for tar measurement, hydrogen production from biomass and dealt with the issue of health and safety in gasification.

Furthermore, a newsletter in German language informs Austrian industry about the highlights in biomass gasification area in Task 33 member countries twice a year. Workshops/conferences are organized, which serve as a platform for information exchange and networking.

Every second year, an International User Conference on Biomass Gasification (IAKB) is held where Austrian stakeholders are invited. The conference took place in Innsbruck in 2015, 2017 and 2019 and was organized by Task 33 - Austria, FEE and MCI.

The focus was on the exchange of information between scientists, manufacturers and users of biomass gasification systems and the variety of proven solutions in Europe. More information is available on the FEE website.

The exchange of information and activities of Task 33 on the national and international level is very valuable for Austria, as many commercial projects and demo projects are planned or under development in Austria, which can greatly benefit from the experiences of other countries.


Publications are available on the website of IEA Bioenergy Task 33.


Austria, Denmark, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA

Contact Address

Dr. Jitka Hrbek
Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering
Getreidemarkt 9/166
A-1060 Vienna