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THE CONSORTIUM

Overview

The Biofficiency consortium consists of highly qualified researchers from organizations with years of experience on lab-, pilot- and full-scale experiments, characterisation of fuels, ash formation and composition, deposit formation and characterisation, high-temperature corrosion and modelling of these issues. It is a well-balanced consortium consisting of 11 partners, covering Southern, Central and Northern EU countries.

The Biofficiency Project gathers a unique consortium of excellent academic facilities and industrial partners, providing an exceptional platform for the development of new, highly-efficient CHP plants in order to significantly expand their potential in the fast-growing field of renewable energies. By sharing our collective experience, we will strengthen European bio-energy technologies and help solve global climate and energy challenges.

Participating Organizations
Technical University of Munich

TUM is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists.

The Institute for Energy Systems has precedent experience with combustion of fuels in a pilot scale PF rig which has been used in several EU projects such as "Relcom" or "Friendlycoal". TUM will take the lead as organising partner in the Biofficiency project.

Technical Universtity of Denmark

DTU is the leading centre of engineering education and research in Denmark, and one of the largest technical universities in Northern Europe.

DTU's research is mainly focused on ash and deposit formation in boilers, corrosion, fuel characterisation and modelling of ash and deposit formation. The expertise has already been demonstated in several other EU projects like "Deposit Prediction" or "BioAsh".

 

Valmet

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Research has been focused on fluidized bed boilers, biofuels and their combustibility. Valmet has previously been involved in other EU projects and provides a 4 MWth pilot plant for investigations on CFB combustion on industrial scale.

 

Technical University of Athens

The Laboratory of Steam Boilers and Thermal Plants (LSBTP)  of the
National Technical University of Athens has a wide experience and has been active for over 30 years in the fields of energy efficiency and savings from thermal plants, heat/mass transfer phenomena, process simulation and development of advanced cycles for power generation.
The LSBTP contributes its wide experience to the project.

 

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (MHPSE) is a subsidiary of globally operating Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. and designs and constructs power plants. As an energy plant constructor, MHPSE has experience in complex plant design and construction including i.a. process integration, balance of plant, and heat utilization.

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Ørsted

Ørsted is one of the leading energy companies in Northern Europe with a strong profile in renewables.  Apart from having profound knowledge in the area of bioenergy, biomass conversion, flues gas cleaning and others, Ørsted provides two wood-pellet fired power plants for full scale measurement programmes.

 

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Technical Research Centre of Finland

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company. VTT's reasearchers have experience with combustion, emission, corrosion, slagging and the facility provides a  50 kW circulating fluidized bed combustor for experiments.

Abo Akademi

Åbo Akademi University has an acknowledged position at the forefront of research in various areas. The Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry offers experience in research with a focus on biomass combustion, ash behavior, deposit build-up and fuel characterization in power generation processes for successful project realisation.

 

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ECN part of TNO

ECN part of TNO, formerly ECN, is an independent research organisation in the Netherlands. For Biofficiency, ECNpoTNO's areas of research include pretreatment, gasification, purification and biorefining. ECNpoTNO provides unique facilities, both for pulverised fuel combustion research as well as torrefaction on lab- and pilotscale.

 

Engie Laborelec

Engie Laborelec is a leading research and competence centre in electrical power technologies. Engie Laborelec has been studying and developing bio-energy since more than 20 years for small, medium- and large-scale applications, among which the full retrofit of 3 coal power plants to wood pellets in Belgium and Poland. Further they are a pioneer in the assessment of solid biomass sustainability.

 

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy whose main raw material is wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Fibre is operating four pulp mills that generate biobased sidestreams which are interesting from the incineration point of view.