Bioenergy in Asia: A driver for research and innovation

The International Bioenergy (Shanghai) Exhibition and Asian Bioenergy Conference

Florence, September, 23, 2015 - In many countries renewables are outpacing fossil fuels in terms of new investments. In 2013 the global amount of investments (not including hydro) reached USD 270.2 billion, 17% up from previous year (source REN 21). In this context, dominated by investments in solar and wind power, several Asian countries are increasingly looking at ways to use their biomass resources and are adopting ambitious targets for the development of biopower and biofuels. Global bio-power production increased approximately 9% in 2014, with China, Brazil, and Japan leading for capacity additions. Liquid biofuel production was up 9% in 2014, reaching its highest level to date. Although the United States and Brazil dominated overall volume, Asia experienced particularly high production growth rates.

According to IRENA, the estimated global biomass demand, in the United States, China, India, Brazil and Indonesia together accounts for 56% of the total by 2030. while the global biomass supply is estimated to range from 97 EJ to 147 EJ per year, and the largest supply potential exists in Asia, followed by Europe including Russia (43-77 EJ) [....].


The International Bioenergy (Shanghai) Exhibition and Asian Bioenergy Conference

Close interactions between the pure science, innovation and industrial exploitation of the results of research is fundamental to achieve a sustainable use of biomass resources. This is the scope of the International Bioenergy (Shanghai) Exhibition and Asian Bioenergy Conference 2015, which will take place from 21 to 23 October 2015. This new conference is designed to bring together from around the world scientists and industrial people implementing bioenergy technologies. The conference programme has in part been based on the successful format used for the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, that takes places annually in Europe.

The conference programme will cover a range of topics:

* biomass resources, assessment and production;
* biomass power and heat;
* biogas and bio-natural gas (biomethane);
* biofuels and future transportation energy;
* biomass utilisation strategies and sustaianability.

There will be a focus on how scientific innovations can be efficiently exploited, what are the needs of the cutting edge industries leading the way with scaling up of technologies, what are the research priorities in the minds of industry and policy makers and how can sustainability be maintained.

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