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Business Unit Biomass

Service Portfolio#

Provision of bioenergy and biogas, utilization of residues, nutrient management and recovery as well as decentralized production and marketing of bio-based conversion products (biochar, synthesis gas, and pyrolysis condensate) are among our focal points. We develop and optimize thermochemical and biological conversion and distribution ­processes and the corresponding plant technology. With the objective to recover nutrients from municipal and industrial ­process chains and the conversion processes, we develop concepts and methods for nutrient management in biomass ­manage­ment. In this, we take into consideration raw materials potentials as well as logistic issues and integrate the technologies developed into established or novel value added chains.

Research and Development#

  • Concept and system development for the provision of raw materials and energy from biogenic raw materials and residues, including process development, component development, and plant development – even by means of storable, carbon-rich intermediate products
  • Concepts, construction, operation, and optimization of laboratory systems, technical shop systems and demonstration plants, including trace gas analytics
  • Development of methods for reduction of emissions, flue gas purification
  • Catalyst and bioprocess development
  • Digitization technologies for the agricultural sector
  • Development of concepts and technical systems for ­nutrient management and for nutrient recovery (e. g. nitrate, ­phosphate) including (sustainability) ­assessments; treatment of fermentation residues
  • Strategy development and techno consulting

Markets and Industries#

  • Agriculture
  • Energy supply (focus: bioenergy)
  • Water supply
  • Treatment/elimination of non-hazardous waste (focus: bioenergy)
  • Agricultural engineering/agricultural machine ­construction

Projects from the Biomass Business Unit#


Digitalization of biomass furnaces

DigitalFire enables an affordable and consistent digital process monitoring of biomass furnaces. Even lower fuel qualities can be operated with the same output.

Fraunhofer-Innovationscluster Bioenergy

Sustainable use of biomass

The Fraunhofer Bioenergy Innovation Cluster has optimized the material and energetic use of biomass. The results are promising technologies and promising concepts.