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 to identify barriers to commercialize biomass and waste gasification process (BMG). Use the survey information to prepare and update Country Reports and R&D needs and to make them available to national team leaders to aid in the development of their respective national BMG and bioenergy plans.

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.

Austria worked up following Task Projects as a subtask-leader:

  • Country Reports
  • Operating experience of biomass gasification systems
  • 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 is active in the projects such as Standards of tar measurement, Biomass gasification for production of hydrogen and hydrogen-rich gas and last but not least Health-, safety- and environmental aspects of biomass gasification plants.

Furthermore, a Newsletter in German language informs twice a year Austrian Industry about the highlights in biomass gasification area in Task 33 member countries.
1-2 times in Triennium the Task 33 – Austria organizes the workshop/conference for the Austrian stakeholders as a platform for exchanging the actual information in gasification of biomass and waste area and arranging new contacts.
IEA Bioenergy Task 33 – Austria, MCI and FEE, organized the International conference on application of biomass gasification in December 2015. Main focus was the information exchange between scientists, producers and users of biomass gasification systems and the diversity of proven solutions in Europe.
Next conference will be held in December 2017 in Innsbruck. Further information you can find soon at the Task 33 website.

The information exchange and activities of the Task 33 are very valuable for Austria as a member country, because several commercial and demonstration projects are currently underway. The experiences of projects in other countries could be applied onto these projects.


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


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

Contact Address

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