Objectives of COMBINE


The utilisation and development of environmentally friendly technologies are key factors for the achievement of the ambitious aims of EU to increase the share of renewable energies.

In this context the energy utilisation of biomass has an important role, as, in contrast to other renewable (wind and photovoltaic), biomass is storable and it is possible to produce storable bioenergy carrier.

However, at present the energy production from biomass is often economically inefficient, e.g. through an insufficient utilisation of heat energy produced in conventional biogas plants.

Furthermore, the competition with food production on fertile land and the resulting increase of prices for land and agricultural products causes ethical and socio-economic problems.

COMBINE seeks to develop a sustainable production and consumption alternative to traditional biomass energy technology chains with he help of the IFBB technology.
Most countries and regions in North-West Europe are facing an increasing demand of energy from biomass and bio-fuels.
To face this demand COMBINE develops a two-fold strategy to:

  • Optimise existing biogas and waste water treatment plants by introducing modular IFBB technology and utilisation of until now wasted thermal energy to produce storable solid fuels
  • Explore and exploit new sources of bio-energy form waste materials based on roadside green-cuts, grassland and other organic waste materials and optimising the IFBB fuel production with different raw materials.

Both targets are especially feasible in rural area where these approaches and technologies (IFBB - integrated generation of solid fuel and biogas from biomass) can be introduced to run and improve decentralised bio-energy and fuel production plants.