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Week IIIb: Introduction to Bioenergy

Biogas, Solid Biomass and Biofuels

This introductory course will give you a detailed overview of principles and essential concepts of generating bioenergy in an environmental friendly and sustainable way. Emphasis will be put on bioenergy systems from the resource to the conversion technologies and finally to the end products. Various existing bioenergy conversion technologies in which their fundamentals, benefits, potentials for heat, power and bio-fuels will be explored as well as cogeneration such as biomass heat and power plants. Following an insight into the technologies, the course will then move to cover plant design, economics as well as bioenergy projects´ supporting schemes and project management issues. It will therefore not only look at how to generate but additionally cover what other factors have to be placed for the successful utilization of this form of renewable energy. During the five days participants will gain the theoretical knowledge to roughly design and evaluate plants economically and also visit various plants around Berlin.


Start date: 04.09.2017
End date: 08.09.2017
Location: Berlin, Germany
Registration Deadline: 14.08.2017
Seminar language: English
Seminar timetable:
Price: 1,500.00 EUR

Early bird price: 1,350.00 EUR
Valid until: 11.07.2017


The main objective of this course is to enable participants know the different technologies used in harnessing bioenergy and what their end products are.
It is for participants to:

  • learn the difference between biogas and biofuels
  • know more about and the various frameworks and regulatory needs along the project cycle with respect to project planning, installation, operation and maintenance.
  • bring forth the various supports for biogas and biofuels, their market entry, their strengths and weaknesses, best practices and lessons learnt.
  • benefit from the German experience and know-how through visits to various plant sites and learn ways of adapting these to their local situation.
  • be provided with a platform for international exchange and networking with experts from Germany and from other countries.


  • Introduction to Bioenergy
  • Biogas technology (biogas potential of different substrates, technology levels, biogas and digestate utilization, market development)
  • Biomass combustion (type of plants)
  • Biomass pyrolysis and gasification
  • Biofuels (1st and 2nd generation)
  • Biogas plant design exercise: calculation of biogas production, design of combined heat and power plant digestate, biogas storage, mixing tank and storage of digestate
  • Financial parameters, Biogas plant calculation tool exercise
  • Small Scale Bioenergy projects with best practice examples (with experiences from Africa)
  • Microfinance solutions for bioenergy projects
  • Regulatory needs with respect to project planning, installation, operation and maintenance
  • Solid biomass for heat and power: fundamentals of biomass to energy, biomass project development, the feedstock, concept and design, economics, financial and legal framework
  • International promotional Frameworks & Mechanisms: premium tariffs, Quota systems/ (Green) certificates systems, grants, tax reductions/ credits, loans at reduced rate of interest, net-metering, emission reduction certificates and emission trading
  • Excursion to biomass and biogas plant and biomass house heating system

Target Groups 

  • Engineers with limited technical knowledge on these technologies or who want to extend their technical knowledge in the field of renewable energies and especially bioenergy
  • Non-technicians, advisors and consultants, bank employees responsible for the finance of renewable energy, insurance company employees
  • Students starting their career in the bioenergy field
  • Staff from government bodies and other public authorities responsible for renewable energy implementation
  • People working in the industry-, non-profit-, public- and academic sectors who wish to get a comprehensive introduction to bioenergy technologies,
  • Ideal for newcomers to the bioenergy industry.


  • Volker Jaensch
  • Frank Schilling
  • Noara Kebir
  • René Langheinrich
  • Katharina Hartmann



Accomodation RENAC is situated in the center of Berlin with a lot of Hostels/Hotels around it. RENAC will support you in finding a suitable accommodation, nevertheless the booking you have to make yourself.


The Renewable Energy Summer School takes place in RENAC’s Training Center. It is located in the heart of Berlin, at 5 minutes walking distance to the central place Alexanderplatz. Close by to the training premises at RENAC are plenty of boutiques, cafés, bars, museums, cinemas and other opportunities to enjoy the evenings or the week-end during the best season in Berlin.

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