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Week IIIc: Overview of Bioenergy

Green Energy Summer School

This 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: 24.07.2017
Seminar language: English
Seminar timetable:
Price: 1,500.00 EUR

Early bird price: 1,350.00 EUR
Valid until: 10.07.2017

Who can apply? 

  • Contractors, project managers, quality inspectors and energy professionals
  • Technical support crew and customer service professionals in the bioenergy industry
  • Advisors and consultants
  • Bank employees responsible for the finance of bioenergy projects
  • Insurance company employees and sales persons
  • Students and those starting or wanting to pursue a professional career in bioenergy
  • Staff from government bodies and public authorities responsible for bioenergy implementation
  • NGOs and development aid associations  


The main objective of this course is to enable participants to distinguish and assess the different technologies used in harnessing bioenergy and what their required input and end products are. After the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • differentiate the various bioenergy conversion technologies and relate them to their input and end products
  • advice on appropriate technology choice based on their strengths and weaknesses, best practices and lessons learnt
  • estimate the economic viability of different bioenergy technology options in the local context
  • identify the appropriate support mechanisms for different bioenergy options
  • evaluate the sustainability of bioenergy options
  • use the German experience and know-how gained through various plant site visits and adapt them to the local situation.
  • to confidently exchange knowledge on an international platform and network with experts from Germany and 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



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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