Bioenergy retrofits for Europe's Industry - The Biofit Project (Horizon 2020)

Patrick Reumerman, John Vos, Dominik Rutz, Rainer Janssen, Dina Bacovsky, Arne Gröngröft, Heidi Saastamoinen, Emmanouil Karampinis, Mercedes Ballesteros, Daniella Johansson, Anez Kazagic, Mark Wanders, Marieke Meeusen, Angelica Hull, Spyros Kiarzis, Juan Maria Garcia Alonso

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    Bioenergy has evolved in the last decades from relatively simple heat and power production to a vast array of technologies for advanced biofuel production, intermediate bioenergy carriers, etc.. Besides erecting entirely new bioenergy plants, retrofitting – which means replacing a part of a factory or installation with state-of-the-art equipment – can be a very good alternative to replace fossil fuels or to upgrade outdated renewable technology. Bioenergy retrofitting provides significant benefits compared to building new plants, notably lower capital expenditure, shorter lead times, faster implementation and less production time loss. The BIOFIT project ( is an initiative funded through Horizon 2020 that aims to facilitate the market uptake of bioenergy retrofitting concepts in five specific industries in Europe, namely first-generation biofuels, pulp and paper, fossil refineries, fossil firing power and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants. Core actions in the BIOFIT project are: Mapping bioenergy retrofits in the EU, development of concrete retrofit proposals for specific case studies, engagement with stakeholders via an Industry Platform, evaluation of framework conditions and formulation of policy recommendations. The BIOFIT consortium consists of fourteen partners from eight European countries. The consortium is a mix of industrial and academic / research partners.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
    Subtitle of host publicationEUBCE 2019
    PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
    ISBN (Electronic)978-88-89407-19-6
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2019
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, EUBCE 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 27 May 201930 May 2019

    Publication series

    SeriesEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings


    Conference27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, EUBCE 2019


    • bioenergy
    • industrial scale application
    • industry
    • market uptake
    • retrofitting


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