Burning energy plants is from straw

As part of the priority research program on power stations
straw-based fuel, the specialized agency for raw materials
renewable sources (FNR - Fachagentur fur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe eV)
presented its first research projects on energy savings
can be made from cereals and straw in
small and medium power (up to 1 MW).
Cereals, straw and other energy crops represent more
half of Germany's bioenergy potential. For production
based on solid fuels, however, it is still the wood
who is preponderant; the use of energy plants still presents
considerable technical and licensing hurdles.
The FNR has therefore, on the proposal of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, presented
nine projects that should inspire a simplification of the procedures
authorization for small heating installations based on
cereals.
Five projects concern the combustion and emission processes of
straw based fuels. Industrial partners and four
research institutes will participate in the project: the Institute of Engineering
processes and technologies of power plants at the University of Stuttgart
(IVD), the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research of Brunswick (WKI),
the Bingen Higher Technical School and the Technical University of Hamburg
(YOU).
The other projects concern the long-term behavior of small
heating systems already on the market to confirm
their sales authorization. Long-term tests will be conducted in
four institutions: at the Cologne Higher Technical School, at the
DEULA from Schleswig Holstein, at the Research and Advisory Center for
energy and machinery systems of Merseburg (FBZ), and at the Institute
of Thuringia (TLL) of Dornburg who is also coordinator
of the project.
The results of the projects, which are expected at the latest in two years,
should form the basis for a considerable simplification of the law
authorization of small cereal-based heating installations, and
thus open the door to a greater use of plants
ENERGY.

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contacts:
- Dr. Torsten Gabriel - tel: + 49 (0) 3843 6930 117, fax: + 49 (0) 3843 6930
102 - E-Mail: info@fnr.dewww.fnr.de
- http://www.bio-energie.de
Sources: Depeche IDW, FNR press release, 19 / 10 / 2004
Editor: Nicolas Condette, nicolas.condette@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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