Visit and Technical Meeting: Advance feedstock treatment and densification

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  • Date: November 12, 2014
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: ECN

Event description:


ECN, together with its partners, invites you to the workshop

Advanced biomass upgrading

This workshop is organised in the framework of the EU FP7 project Logistics for Energy Crops Biomass (LogistEC), in close collaboration with EERA Bioenergy.

Purpose of the workshop

The workshop aims at establishing the state-of-the-art in biomass upgrading and identifying future R&D needs. To this purpose, the workshop will start with presenting results from the LogistEC project, where the potential of dry and wet torrefaction to improve logistic chains has been assessed, e.g., through extensive bench-scale and pilot-scale testing. These results then are placed in a wider perspective by giving an overview of the findings of two other large EU projects on biomass upgrading, viz. SECTOR (focus on dry torrefaction) and BioBoost (focus on pyrolysis and hydrothermal treatment). This will then be followed by a discussion to identify R&D needs (leading to a strategic R&D agenda) and funding possibilities.

The outcome of the workshop will be used to influence the EU R&D agenda and develop joint project initiatives, e.g. through EERA Bioenergy.

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November 11, 2014

19:00- Dinner in Alkmaar, organised by ECN (registration for the dinner is optional)

November 12, 2014

08.15 – Pickup by bus at Amrath hotel in Alkmaar (optional, guests can arrange their own transport)

09.00 – Reception & Coffee

09.30 – Welcome by member board of directors ECN

09.50 – Introduction and agenda of the day

09.55 – Biomass upgrading in the LogistEC project

10.20 – SECTOR project: state-of-the-art in torrefaction

10.45 – Coffee break

11.05 – BioBoost project: state-of-the-art in pyrolysis and hydrothermal treatment

11.30 – Tour of ECN experimental facilities (*)

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Discussion in 3 groups: Strategic R&D agenda for 3 main biomass upgrading technologies (torrefaction, pyrolysis, hydrothermal treatment)

15.00 – Plenary presentation of the results of the 3 group and final conclusions/follow-up actions

16.00 – Closure

(*) Description of facilities at ECN

ECN develops and commercialises dry torrefaction, wet torrefaction (TORWASH) and pyrolysis technologies together with industrial partners. ECN has facilities ranging from lab to pilot scale, and developed an extensive array of characterisation methods. The tour will include visits to the dry and wet torrefaction facilities, the pyrolysis test equipment, the MILENA gasification test rigs and finally the combustion lab.

EERA Bioenergy

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), one of the instruments in the EU SET-plan, is a pan-European effort of the major European R&D organisations to align their R&D activities in the field of Sustainable Energy Technology. EERA Bioenergy is one of the EERA joint programmes, with 34 participating European R&D organisations from 15 countries, dedicated to the development of value chains for the production of nextgen biofuels and power from biomass. EERA Bioenergy focuses on joint strategies and joint research project proposals through aligning precompetitive research activities, exploring joint technology development, establishing large research infrastructures, promoting human mobility and providing promotion and dissemination.


The workshop will be held on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at the ECN site at the following address.

Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
The Netherlands


ECN lies just north of the city of Alkmaar and can be reached by car in 45 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol airport. We advise to travel by public transport to Alkmaar. Between the Amrâth hotel in Alkmaar and the workshop venue at ECN in Petten, bus transport for the workshop participants will be arranged. The departure times of the bus from the hotel and back will be communicated by e-mail prior to the workshop.

After the workshop, transportation will be arranged back to the Amrath hotel and to the Central train station of Alkmaar. Depending on how many people wish to leave immediately to Schiphol airport, that transportation may be extended. Please indicate if you wish to make use of one of these options.

Trains between Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Alkmaar leave 4 times an hour, and take approximately 50 minutes.


ECN has made a group booking in the Amrâth Hotel in Alkmaar. You will find the contact details below. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly. Please, preferably book your hotel before the 28th of October as the group booking is valid till this date.

Amrâth Hotel Alkmaar
Geestersingel 15
Tel: + 31 (0)72 51 86 186
Fax: + 31 (0)72 51 86 100

Tariff: € 93.- per room per night including breakfast.

You will find the reservation form attached.


When visiting the ECN site in Petten, you need to identify yourself with a valid passport or national ID card. A driver’s license will not be accepted. Please make sure to bring your passport or ID card on the workshop day.

In addition, we kindly ask you to send a copy of your passport/ID card as soon as possible. This will allow quicker access to the ECN site, as your visitor pass will be ready at your arrival.
The copy can be sent to:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.
We look forward to welcoming you in Petten.

General information


EERA Bioenergy