Biofuels conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering a conference in Brussels on 24 October 2018 on biofuels research, development and technologies.

The complimentary conference will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Biofuels R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of biofuels technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

Reasons for attendance

  • Influence the recommendations to increase future biofuels R&D impacts
  • Gain a greater understanding of past and future research, trends and best practice for biofuels
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  • An opportunity to network with biofuels experts from across the EU
  • To learn about best practice for shaping and implementing R&D projects to maximise their impact

Who should attend

  • Past and present biofuels research project coordinators
  • Academic institutes
  • National policy makers 
  • Private sector organisations implementing biofuels or related technologies
  • Investors interested in biofuels research and technology


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration opens  
09:30 Opening address Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit 'Renewable Energy Sources'​ (European Commission)
09:40 Agenda and practicalities Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
09:45 Project introduction Onne Hoogland, Senior Consultant (Trinomics)
10:00 Biofuels R&D: Study findings Muhammad Qureshi, Research Scientist (VTT)
10:20 Questions and answers All
10:40 Break  
11:00 Biofuels R&D: A technological perspective Adrian O'Connell (The Joint Research Centre)
11:30 Biofuels R&D: Impacts of EU funded projects (project examples / case studies and best practice)  
  Initiative Towards sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA). A project focused on the development of commercial biojet fuel value chains in Europe, which has delivered practical positive results. Inmaculada Gomez Jimenez, Project Coordinator (SENASA)
  Polygeneration through pyrolysis (EMPYRO). A 25MWth poly-generation demo plant built at the site of AkzoNobel in Hengelo (NL), producing fuel oil, process steam, electricity and organic acids through pyrolysis of wood.  Bert van de Beld, Chief Technology Officer (BTG Biomass Technology group BV)
  European multilevel integrated Biorefinery design for sustainable biomass processing (EUROBIOREF). Integrated the fragmented European biomass industry and maximise collaboration to form a techno-economical bio-refinery. The project covered the whole value chain of sustainable and economical biorefinery processes, from sustainable biomass harvesting to processing it into fuels and chemicals. Gudbrand Rødsrud, Technology Director Business Development (Borregaard)
11:55 Interactive session: What are the main R&D impacts according to you? All
12:15 Lunch  
13:15 Introduction to afternoon programme Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
13:20 Maximising the impact of EU biofuels R&D projects: Keynote speech and questions and answers session Juha Lehtonen, Research Professor (VTT)
13:45 Maximising the impact of EU biofuels R&D projects: Moderated panel discussion Koen Rademaekers (Moderator, Trinomics), Maria Georgiadou   (European Commission), Juha Lehtonen (VTT), Birger Kerckow (ETIP Bioenergy), Philippe Marchand (Total)
14:45 Questions from the audience to the panel All
15:15 Wrap-up and conclusions Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
15:25 Informal networking and coffee  
>15:30 Bilateral meetings with attendees  

Key information:

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018

Location: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Cost: Free

Organisers: Trinomics, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT, Tractebel and Ricardo on behalf of the European Commission




If you have any questions regarding the conference, then please email [email protected]

Registration is now closed.