IEA Bioenergy Task 39: Commercialization of conventional and advanced liquid biofuels from biomass (working period 2016 - 2018)

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 deals with the commercialization of conventional and advanced biofuels, including innovative raw materials such as micro-algae, their economic, environmental and social assessment and the investigation of relevant policies. Findings from countries with a committed biofuels policy are made accessible to Austria, and success stories of Austrian industry, research and policy are promoted internationally.

Short Description

Biofuels play a key role in the development of the transport sector in Europe and the rest of the world. By 2020, EU countries will have to increase the amount of renewable energy in the transport sector to 10%, with strict sustainability requirements. The aims of the USA are at least as ambitious.

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 gathers an international group of experts who deal with the commercialization of sustainable biofuels, hereby covering both technological and political issues. Task 39 has successfully established itself over the past five periods.

The aim of Task 39 is to pass condensed information to the participants in order to promote the development and use of biofuels. Possible topics to be addressed during the working period 2016-2018 are:

Technology development and commercialization of advanced technologies:

  • Use of drop-in biofuels in vehicles, airplanes and ships
  • Use of biogas and biomethane as fuel
  • Overview of facilities which produce advanced biofuels
  • Cellulosic ethanol success stories and lessons learned
  • Barriers to the use of advanced biofuels in existing infrastructure and conventional internal combustion engines
  • Use of micro-algae – biofuels as a byproduct
  • Raw materials of the 1.5th generation

Policy, markets and deployment:

  • Monitoring of biofuel policies
  • Data for the production of conventional and advanced biofuels
  • Life-cycle-analyses for the assessment of sustainability
  • Integration of production technologies for advanced biofuels
  • Sustainability of raw materials and production technologies
  • Biofuels production and use in emerging markets
  • Evaluation of measures for the implementation of biorefineries

The aim of the national work is to collect and analyze scientifically sound information about the global technological and political status of biofuels, to involve stakeholders in the development and to contribute thereby to the development of sustainable, socially and environmentally compatible biofuel systems. Austria is involved in a number of projects of the Task, updates a database of pilot and demonstration plants and collects and distributes information.

Furthermore, a national workshop "Biofuels" is planned for the presentation of Austrian R&D-work.

Project Images

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Publications are available on the website of IEA Bioenergy Task 39.


Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, USA

Contact Address

Austrian delegate and project leadership:
DI Dina Bacovsky
Gewerbepark Haag 3
A-3250 Wieselburg-Land
Tel.: +43 (7416) 52238 35