13.10.14 -14.10.14 BioBoost Plenary Meeting Thessaloniki

The 6th Plenary Meeting of the BioBoost consortium took place from 13th to 14th October 2014 at the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas - CERTH in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Prior to the meeting the BioBoost project concluded the second technical review by the European Commission. The scientific officer Maria Georgiadou stated her high expectations in the outcomes of BioBoost as the forthcoming of the biomass sector gains increasing interest for the bioeconomy. The production of intermediate energy carriers may play a decisive role in combining economic, ecologic and social aspects of biofuel production.

In Thessaloniki Research Director Angelos Lappas welcomed the consortium and introduced the participants to the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute – CPERI at CERTH. During the meeting the BioBoost Consortium gained insight into the laboratory of Environmental Fuels and Hydrocarbons (LEFH) and the variety of refinery processes setup in laboratory and pilot scale among them Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) and Hydrodesulfurization (HDS).

The BioBoost project is on its way to develop and improve sustainable bio-energy carrier pathways which are suitable for decentralised and low-cost production. Transport and logistics have been optimized towards lower CO2 emissions and costs by locating best plant locations for decentralized conversion of the biomass. All three conversion technologies have made significant improvements in the efficiency of their process chains towards use of water, electricity and overall mass balances. The conditions for handling, storage and transport of the energy carrier have been optimized.
The data for logistic optimization model needs some refinement and will be coupled with the GeoPortal including the data of the biomass potentials. The tool will be able to detect best feasible plant locations for investors or show local stakeholders where their residual biomass can be utilized most efficiently.
In the last months of the project the focus is on the exploitation and valorisation of the achieved results to find best solutions for heat, power and fuel applications of the energy carriers and valuable chemicals. A market implementation plan will be defined, taking into account economic as well as measures on environmental and social sustainability.