Joint Programme on Bioenergy 

Status: Launched

JP coordinator:

Aalborg University (DK)BERA (BE), CEA (FR), CENER (ES), CIEMAT (ES), CNR (IT)CNRS (FR)CUT (PL), CUTEC (DE), ECN (NL), ENEA (IT), FZJ-HGF (DE)IEn (PL)IFFMPAS (PL), IFK Stuttgart (DE)IMDEA (ES), INRA (FR), KIT (DE), LNEG (PT), Lund University (SE),METLA (FI), PSI (CH)Technical University of Denmark-DTU (DK)SINTEF (NO), SP (SE),  TECNALIA (ES)TUBITAK Marmara Research Centre (TR), UKERC (UK)University of Padova (IT)University of Perugia (IT), UNIZAR (ES), VTT (FI), Wageningen University (NL)


Bioenergy currently provides more than 60% of renewable energy sources (RES) in Europe, and is one of the key primary energy sources for 20% RES target in 2020. More than half of the current bioenergy is forest based biomass, the growth will be based on forest, agricultural and algae type of biomass resources as well as of the biogenic fraction of municipal and industrial waste. Bioenergy is widely used for heat and power.
The current generation of biomass conversion technologies is expensive and uses feedstock that is associated with sustainability issues. To deliver the targets of the SET-plan and the 10% transport RES target in 2020, a next generation of more sustainable conversion technologies is required. These technologies require substantial resources to complete the various stages of the innovation process (R&D, pilot scale, demonstration scale, commercialisation).
The overall objective of this Joint Programme is to align pre-competitive research activities at EERA institutes to give a technical-scientific basis to further develop the next generation biofuels routes and to explore the possibilities for joint technology development. The more efficient use of R&D investments that this Joint Programme foresees contributes to an acceleration of the development of next-generation conversion technologies.

Structure:The EERA Bioenergy Programme will develop new technologies and improve the competiveness of next generation biofuels with four main sub-programmes:

  • Thermo-chemical processing (Jaap Kiel, ECN)
  • Sugar platform (Francisco Girio, LNEG)
  • Algae based biofuels (Maria Barbosa, WUR)
  • Cross cutting topics – e.g. raw material supply, energy systems, sustainability (Benoit Gabrielle, INRA)
  • Stationary Bioenergy (Michael Becidan, SINTEF)




Further details please download here 

Joint Programme Coordinator:
Juan Carrasco, CIEMAT

Contact Person in EERA Secretariat:
Ingo Bunzeck, ECN 


Press release,
New Algae
Sub Programm Leader:
Dr Maria Barbosa 

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