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SolarPACES aims at significantly increasing the share of concentrated solar power (CSP) in the global production of renewable energies. To this end, SolarPACES supports technological development and partnerships for developing CSP through an international network of independent experts. It coordinates and advances solar technology research, by focusing on the next generation of technologies; provides recommendations to policy makers and organises international conferences and workshops. In order to increase the transparency of the market and reduce risks associated with project development, SolarPACES also develops guidelines and standards for CSP industries.
Biomass combustion is an important technology for providing renewable energy worldwide. Almost half of the EU's energy consumption is used for heat, which, among other technologies, can be provided by biomass combustion in a climate-friendly manner. It is therefore a key technology for achieving national and international climate and energy goals. This project shall ensure the exchange of information on relevant topics in order to support the success of Austrian actors from industry and research.
Austrian participation in Task 32 "Biomass Combustion and Cofiring" in the working period 2016-2018 and active participation in the defined Task main objectives, events and projects which are of relevance for Austria. International and national dissemination and networking activities for information exchange and for the initiation of cooperation.
Austrian participation in IEA Bioenergy Task 32 "Biomass Combustion and Cofiring" in the period 2019 - 2021 and participation in defined task priorities, events and projects that are relevant for Austria. International and national dissemination and networking activities to exchange information and promote cooperation.
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.
The main aim of IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is the international as well as national information exchange and networking on thermochemical gasification of biomass and waste. The focus is on exchange of information regarding R&D programmes in area of biomass and waste materials gasification, commercial facilities and the marketing chance for gasification facilities to identify and avoid technical and non-technical hurdles.
The aim of Task 33 is to exchange information on the production and utilization of renewable gas from biomass and waste for the production of power, heat, biofuels and biochemicals. Especially the information exchange about R&D programs, implementation and possible markets is taken into account, to remove technical and non-technical barriers.
Obtaining, processing and dissemination of information about international development in the field of thermal gasification of biomass as well as leadership of several key aspects of the task.
Participation as Austrian representative in the expert group during the period 2016-2018 in order to achieve knowledge-exchange, establishment of technical reports and recommendations, as well as dissemination of the gained information to Austrian stakeholders.
Aim of Task 37 is to accelerate development and progress of biogas technology in the member countries. During the working period 2019-2021 the focus lies on the ecologically and economically sound implementation of biogas technology in agricultural and industrial processes.
Biogas technology is now widespread in many of the Task's participating countries. In addition to general knowledge sharing and highlighting best practice examples, the focus of the work in this triennium lies on the role of biogas in decarbonising industry and agriculture, biogas in the energy system and process optimisation in the area of emissions and process stability.
Key issues for realisation and dissemination of extraction of biogas from byproducts, waste and bioenergy crops were modulated by international experts.
The Austrian representatives participated in the expert group „IEA Bioenergy Task 37 – Energy from Biogas“ for the period 2013-2015. Their main tasks was the work on the technical brochures on biogas plant monitoring, digestate processing and the evaluation of pretreatment technologies. In addition, they participated in the knowledge exchange of the participating countries.
The overall goal of Task 39 is to facilitate the commercialization of biogenic, sustainable, low-carbon transportation fuels. This includes conventional and advanced biofuels produced through various technological routes such as oleochemical, biochemical, thermochemical, and hybrid conversion technologies. The main goal is to accelerate the decarbonization of the transportation sector, with an increasing focus on long-distance transport, which is more difficult to electrify.
IEA Bioenergy Task 39: Commercialising Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks (Working Period 2019 - 2021)
IEA Bioenergy Task 39 deals with the commercialization of conventional and advanced biofuels, including innovative raw materials, their economic, environmental and social assessment and the investigation of relevant policies. The Triennium 2019-2021 made findings from countries with a committed biofuels policy accessible to Austria, and success stories of Austrian industry, research and policy were promoted internationally.
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.
IEA Bioenergy Task 39: Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Liquid Biofuels from Biomass. (Working Period 2013 - 2016)
The aim of Task 39 „Liquid Biofuels“ is to provide information and analyses on technology development as well as on policy issues and markets to provide scientific background for political and economical decisions. Task 39 initiated mutual R&D projects, to improve the economics of advanced technologies, to exploit new feedstocks and to gain knowledge for the developments after 2020.
IEA Bioenergy Task 40 traditionally focused on international trade and supply chains of biomass for bioenergy. Starting in 2018, the systems view was broadened, also to better meet Austrian requirements. The supply chain focus was maintained, but with a broader premise: The establishment of bio-based value chains for a sustainable and fair bioeconomy.
Bioenergy Task 40 traditionally focused on international trade and supply chains of biomass for bioenergy. Starting in 2018, the systems view was broadened, also to better meet Austrian requirements. The supply chain focus was maintained, but with a broader premise: The establishment of bio-based value chains for a sustainable and fair bioeconomy.
IEA Bioenergy Task 40: Sustainable Bioenergy Markets and International Trade: Securing Supply and Demand
Austrian participation in the IEA Bioenergy Task 40 consortium in the triennium 2016-2018: There was an intensive networking through contributions and scientific work in task meetings and workshops, in subtasks and in intertask projects on the topic "international bioenergy trade ". Lessons learned have been disseminated internationally and nationally and are available for free download in English.