Why the EU supports bioenergy research and innovation
Bioenergy is the conversion of biomass - such as agricultural and forest by-products and residues, organic municipal waste, energy crops, algae, biological CO2 - into useful energy carriers including heat, electricity and transport fuels.
Bioenergy is the main source of renewable energy in the EU, with a share of almost 60%.
The EU has leadership in bioenergy technologies, but deployment remains limited.
- improving the technology in terms of efficiency and cost reduction
- developing reliable, integrated bioenergy supply chains from feedstock cultivation, harvesting, transport, storage to conversion into heat, electricity and transport fuels
- integrating bioenergy in the overall energy system
- bioenergy and biofuels are essential for both energy use and as energy carriers
- the market for advanced biofuels is growing because of their large renewable energy density
- because they are compatible with existing engines, drop-in biofuels are the only deployable solution for replacing petroleum in transport in the mid-term, and in sectors like aviation and shipping in the long-term as well
- research and innovation can improve the cost, performance, and sustainability needed to make bioenergy competitive
Research focuses on
- technology improvement and diversification
- feedstock diversification
- modernising and improving efficiency of biomass based heat and power co-generation
- market uptake measures for all technologies, in particular aviation, shipping and heavy duty road
- breakthrough research and market-creating innovation (e.g. bionic leaf technology)
- coordinating EU research and innovation funding and risk financing to boost commercialisation
- integration of bioenergy in the overall energy system
- international cooperation to tackle global societal challenges
Gain easier access to debt and equity financing such as InnovFin, managed by the European Investment Bank Group and European Investment Fund
Funding for innovative low-carbon technology research with focus on environmentally safe Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies
Co-financing for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy
CEF energy funds and finances energy infrastructure projects
EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) aims to make it easier for SMEs to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle
Prize rewarding achievements in local renewable energy production for electricity, heating, cooling and transport on islands.
Collaboration and jobs
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Projects and results
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Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded research results in the energy field
Scientific publications, tools and databases
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Scientific energy research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
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