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TRANZFOR programme (2009-2012) - Transferring Research between EU and Australia-New Zealand on Forestry and Climate Change

Workpackage 5 - Bioenergy

Develop sustainable management strategies and quality standards for dendro-biomass production and renewable supply of ligno-cellulosic biomass to substitute for fossil fuels.

Exchange knowledge and develop a comprehensive suit of standards relating to solid biomass testing and trading. These standards will in time form the basis of a world-wide ISO standard, and these developments will involve the antipodean nations as much as any. Therefore there is an exciting opportunity to work towards developing the implementation/application of these standards right across the board. The core issues will be: (i) Quality control (related to process within the entire supply chain inc. LCA) Quality assurance (testing and declaration) (ii) Biomass trading (the practical application and economics of) Information/Technology transfer. Given the above the overall aim would be to develop and provide technical advice and best practice guidance which could be used by all partners. Training and demonstration would be specifically addressed in conjunction with research partners and would involve the development of a training module covering; Growing, Harvesting, Processing, Supplying and Using. The specific objectives would be to: (a) compare and contrast EU and Antipodean standards where they exist, and outline draft standards where they do not exist; (b) relate a range of bioenergy/biomass products to existing/draft standards; (c) outline current production practices and rate these in relation to achieving the required product standards; (d) develop recommendations in terms of QC and QA in relation to the given standards and ensure that these recommendations meet the requirements of any future ISO standard(s).

Description of work

Activities will include staff exchange, joint research, training and networking; they will be organised in four tasks with specific following objectives:
  1. comparing and contrasting EU and Antipodean standards where they exist, and outline draft standards where they do not exist;

  2. relating a range of bioenergy/biomass products to existing/draft standards;

  3. outlining current production practices and rating in relation to achieving the required product standards;

  4. developing recommendations in terms of QC and QA in relation to the given standards and ensure that these recommendations meet the requirements of any future ISO standard(s).

Training and demonstration would be specifically addressed in conjunction with research partners and would involve the development of a training module covering; Growing, Harvesting, Processing, Supplying and Using.

Researchers involved

Partner 1 (INRA):
  • P Trichet, JM Carnus

Partner 2 (FR):
  • A Hall, H McKay

Partner 3 (ISA):
  • not yet ?

Partner 4 (CSIRO):
  • not yet ?

Partner 5 (SCION):
  • P Hall, I Nicholas, M Jack, D Kellenberger, J Sandilends, G Estcourt

Deliverables

  • D5.1 : report on current practices and standards (yr 2)

  • D 5.2: joint seminar and training session (yr 3)

  • D 5.3: report on best practice guidelines (yr 4)