Biomass and renewable fuels
CE Delft has a wealth of experience studying biomass chains. In all future economic scenarios there is a key role for sustainable biomass as a substitute for fossil fuels and fossil feedstocks.
Biomass can be used for energy production (gas, heat and electricity), in the (chemical) industry (feedstock and energy) and in transport (biofuels). We ‘unlock’ available knowhow for our clients (industry, NGOs, governments) and translate it into vision, business plans and policy. We research:
- Costs, economic and social impacts: what are the optimum economic uses of biomass?
- Lifecycle environmental impacts: what kinds of biomass are truly sustainable? (sustainability criteria)
- Policy: how can governments incentivize the biobased economy?
Biomass production and use
CE Delft has experience with all the links in the biomass chain – from the soil on which it grows via harvesting and conversion through to application. Large-scale biomass production can impact negatively on land use, biodiversity and socio-economic conditions in countries of origin. These are all aspects with which government and industry are confronted, because of the EU’s mandatory biofuel percentage, for example, or because industries need an acceptable supply for a production process.
We ourselves distinguish knowhow and advice on:
- Biofeedstock production (land-use aspects, socio-economic effects, biodiversity)
- Biofeedstock use (motor fuels, chemical feedstocks, renewable gas, co-firing in coal-fired power stations, etc.)
- Biofeedstock lifecycle impacts (production, transport, use, waste phase) • Vision development (optimum usage under conditions of future scarcity of sustainable biomass)
For a range of clients we have elaborated and analysed complete biomass scenarios at the national as well as pan-European level.
What can CE Delft do for you?
In the field of biomass CE Delft has a wide range of services on offer:
- Feasibility analyses of biobased solutions, taking into account economic, technological and policy aspects
- Scenario analyses of further development of the biobased economy
- LCA studies on all environmental impacts of biomass chains, including carbon footprint analyses
- Research on relationships between biomass chains and the food market
- Policy advice on biomass use in various sectors and their interrelationships, including options for multiple monetization