The Conference will take place from 3 to 7 June 2013 at the Bella Center – Copenhagen, Denmark. It will be the International Biomass Conference in 2013.

Conference Programme

The Conference will discuss major issues for the biomass markets, in technical and business areas, from resource assessment to market and policy developments, drawing on leading experiences from all over Europe and worldwide.

The 2013 EU BC&E will be one of the leading annual meeting for the international biomass community.

The subjects of the 21st EU BC&E result from the experiences of the previous successful EU BC&E conferences. The subjects have been further developed and structured and include the most recent scientific, technology and market trends.

All biomass specialists are invited to contribute and to present innovative developments, progress and scientific results to the global biomass community.
Call for Abstracts is now closed – 850 + abstracts received from 60 + countries

The 21 January 2013 deadline for submitting abstracts for the EU BC&E 2013 has passed with great success with more than 850 abstracts received from 60 + countries.

The Scientific Committee, made up of more than 140 international leading scientists and experts from the global biomass community, has already begun the accurate process of reviewing and selecting the abstracts that will draw up the Conference Programme. To guarantee the scientific quality of the programme, each abstract will be scored by 3 independent reviewers before the topic organisers – minimum two for each subject – select the oral and visual presentations.

The Conference Programme will be defined and structured under the coordination of David Baxter, EU BC&E 2013 Technical Programme Chairman, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport.

Conference Subjects


1.1 Biomass potentials and biomass mobilisation
Assessments of biomass potentials and land availability at regional / national / international levels; Biomass mobilisation; Biomass logistics; Spatial modelling and remote sensing.

1.2 Biomass feedstock, residues and by-products
Supply of bio-wastes, residues and by-products from agriculture and forestry: mobilisation, characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage.

1.3 Energy crops and energy grasses
Agricultural production of non-woody plant biomass: plant breeding, cultivation, characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage; Novel crops and alternative cropping systems.

1.4 Short rotation forestry and short rotation coppice
Agricultural production of woody biomass: plant breeding, cultivation, characterisation, harvest technologies, logistics and storage.

1.5 Algae production systems
Identification, assessment and optimisation of algae strains; Technologies and systems for algae cultivation, nutrition and harvesting; Oil and chemical extraction.


2.1 Solid biofuel combustion for small and medium scale applications
Innovative concepts for stoves, boilers, micro-CHP, steam and stirling engines, organic rankine cycles, etc; Abatement of corrosion and fouling; Emission control; Auxiliary equipment; Tri-generation (power, heat and cooling).

2.2 Solid biofuel combustion in large utilities
Co-firing plants; Process monitoring; Control systems; Abatement of corrosion and fouling; Emission control.

2.3 Gasification for power, CHP and polygeneration
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning and upgrading; Gas utilisation and engine innovations; By-product utilisation.

2.4 Gasification for synthesis gas production
Fundamental studies; Technology development; Gas cleaning and upgrading; By-product utilisation.

2.5 Pyrolysis and other biomass liquefaction technologies
Production of liquid bioenergy carriers from solid biomass: Fundamentals and studies; Technology development; Process characterisation and modelling; Bio-crude-oil upgrading and utilisation (combustion tests, chemical extraction, gasification, etc.); By-product utilisation.

2.6 Anaerobic digestion for biogas production
Characterisation and optimisation of anaerobic digestion; Plant and fermenter concepts; Anaerobic fermentation of innovative feedstocks; Biogas utilisation for power, CHP and poly-generation.

2.7 Biorefineries
Integrated multi-product approaches; (Combined) production of fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass; Sugar fermentation to other chemicals than ethanol; Drop in fuels, bioplastics, hydrogen, etc.


3.1 Production and supply of solid biofuels
Technologies for solid biofuel production: chipping, pelletising, briquetting, etc.; Production, characterisation and combustion properties of solid biofuels from innovative feedstocks; Solid biofuel logistics and storage.

3.2 Advanced solid biofuels
Thermal upgrading of solid biofuels: torrefaction, (hydrothermal) carbonisation, charcoal production, etc.

3.3 Oil-based biofuels
Innovative processes for the production of oil-based fuels (biodiesel, jet fuel, etc.) from oilseeds, algae, wastes, etc.

3.4 Production and supply of biomethane
Upgrading of methane rich gases (biologically and thermochemically produced) and biomethane grid injection.

3.5 Bioethanol production and sugar release from lignocellulosic biomass
Lignocellulosic ethanol: Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass, cellulose hydrolysis, C6 and C5 fermentation; Innovations in bioethanol production from starch / sugar plants.

3.6 Biofuel production from synthesis gas
Production of fuels (FT-diesel, aviation fuels, etc.) and chemicals from syngas.


4.1 Biofuels utilisation for heating and cooling
Bio-heat integration into household heating; District heating; Heat and cool supply to industry; Recovery of process heat and waste heat.

4.2 Biofuels utilisation for power generation
Biomass use by utilities; CHP projects; Innovative business concepts such as virtual power plants pooling decentralised micro-CHP plants and stationary engines.

4.3 Biofuels for transport
Liquid and gaseous biofuel utilisation in cars, heavy transport, aviation; Transportation fuel markets; Biofuel blending, distribution and logistics.

4.4 Industrial biorefineries and bio-products
Industrial initiatives on biorefineries and utilisation of lignocellulosic biomass; Integration into existing industrial processes; (Combined) production of fuels, chemicals, materials, bioplastics, fertilizers, etc.


5.1 Markets, Investments & Financing
Global bioenergy markets; Bioenergy commodities trading, contracting and long distance transport; Externalities assessment; Economic viability of bioenergy projects; Financial support schemes; Market stimulation policies.

5.2 Sustainability assessment and criteria
Life cycle analyses, sustainability schemes, certification, national and international standards related to sustainability; labelling for bioenergy and bio-products; support programmes; scientific monitoring; Sustainable resource management.

5.3 Environmental impacts of bioenergy
Indirect land use change (ILUC); Agricultural intensification; Assessment of GHG reduction and carbon capture; Estimated contribution to the mitigation of climate change; Agro-environmental assessments in temperate and tropical regions.

5.4 Policies for cooperation & training
Awareness campaigns, communication methods and tools, education and training, specific skills requirements and job creation; R&D strategies for international cooperation; Partnerships programmes for supply security.

5.5 Resource efficient bioeconomy
Innovation, growth, job creation; Socio-economic opportunities, competition and risk mitigation of the increased use of biomass for food, feed, fibre, fuel, health, bio-materials and green chemistry.

5.6 Biomass strategies and policies
National, regional, local bioenergy and bioeconomy strategies; Biomass utilisation concepts for bioenergy and biobased products; National Renewable Energy Action Plans; Integration of bioenergy with other renewable sources; Public perception and acceptance.

Copenhagen – an ideal location for the 21st edition of this European event

Denmark is globally acknowledged as a hub for cleantech companies and as an example of sustainable development in renewables.

This is particularly true for the biomass and bioenergy community, where Danish initiatives are often cited as best practices in many bioenergy branches. Unlike other countries, Denmark can feature leading companies and research organizations in large scale biomass applications of biomass, such as co-firing, as well as small scale, such as cogeneration, biomass for heating, biogas, and algae. Not to mention two of the most important world players for the development of 2nd generation biofuels.

In this regard the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition offers a unique platform to showcase the lead of Denmark in all these fields for the following reasons:

Unlike other events, often restricted to one subject (i.e. biofuels, or biopower or biogas) the conference programme has a „holistic“ approach with many sessions allowing for in-depth discussion of all the topics related to biomass and bioenergy: from biomass resources and feedstock supply, to research, demo/industrial initiatives in all conversion technologies, to the cutting-edge topics of policies and sustainability;

The conference has a global outreach that goes far beyond the EU countries, indeed it attracts leading expert more than 60 countries and is among the most attended events in this sector globally. Moreover, as a continuation of a trend already established in the past editions, the 21th EUBC&E will put additional efforts to disseminate the highlights and main messages delivered by attendees with an increased use of social media and other communication tools;

The presence of Danish companies in the past editions has always been very strong and based on submission of abstracts by participants of research organizations and industries. In this regard a concerted and guided effort to bring in national research results and industrial initiatives would effectively help in delivering a cohesive and country strategic vision of all the biomass and bioenergy initiatives.

The conference is expanding its coverage on the growing issue of bioeconomy, a sector that has strong links to bioenergy where Denmark became a leading country.

Copenhagen has unique facilities, transports and logistics to host attendees from all over the world, while offering great attractions for social activities during the conference week.

Press Centre

Welcome to the 21st EU BC&E Press Centre!

In this section journalists and media representatives will find everything they need to prepare for the event and enhance their on-site experience.

What is planned for press and media?

Free attendance to all conference sessions, parallel events and exhibition’s area

Press Centre working room for journalists only with free internet access, computer stations and coffee

Special press guide with quick access to comprehensive information about the Conference programme and the Exhibition

EU BC&E 2013 Press kit
Broad selection of photos in high quality

Interviews with speakers, exhibitors and experts

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