Essent and RWE organise an International Biomass Conference

Top Quote On the 2nd and 3rd of November, Essent and RWE Supply and Trading have planned the second International Biomass Conference to take place at the Amer Power Plant in Geertruidenberg. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 25, 2011 - Biomass is the theme of the two-day event. Internationally renowned speakers will share their vision on the subjects ‘Biomass for Electricity Generation’ and ‘Bio-based Economy’.

    On both days, various experts from the energy sector, the political sector and society will give the visitors an insight into the promising, but also complex world of biomass and the biobased economy. They will talk about policies, legislation and the future perspective of biomass, the need for a stable climate for entrepreneurs and the role of the government in that. But the technological developments will also be reviewed.

    A sustainable economy

    Fossil fuels still dominate the energy supply, the transport sector and a large percentage of the chemical industry. Nina Skorupska, Essent’s Chief Technology Officer: One thing is certain: there will come a time that sustainable alternatives will and must take over. Because of their relatively low price, high degree of availability and sustainability, green raw materials (biomass) will form the basis of the biobased economy.’ The theme of the conference is purely this topical subject.
    An unusual location

    In the (near) future, Essent will devote itself to replacing coal by biomass in existing power plants, as is occurring at the Amer Power Plant in Geertruidenberg and, later on, the power plant in the Eemshaven. ‘Here replacing coal with sustainable biomass is a very cost effective and fast way to reduce carbon; you use the exisiting infrastructure of powerplants and grid connections and as a bonus the quality of the power is very high; it is available on demand, in contrast to nearly all other renewables. Biomass is hence an important building block for a reliable and sustainable electricity generation’ says Remco Frenken, Head of Global Green Commodities at RWE Supply & Trading.

    In one of the two units at the Amer Power Plant, currently 35% (based on mass) biomass is co-fired and successful tests have been performed with a ratio of 50% wood chips and 50% coal. This means that, as a location, the Amer Power Plant is the ideal host for this biomass conference.
    The second time

    In November 2009, Essent held its first international biomass conference. With more than 200 specialists and interested parties from all corners of the world, we can consider this a huge success. This edition of the conference is also intended to share visions regarding biomass and the route to the biobased economy, and to combine strengths.

    Speakers at International Biomass Conference:

    Nina Skorupska – Chief Technology Officer Essent
    Ruud Lubbers – Rotterdam Climate Initiative and former minister president of the Netherlands
    Remco Frenken – Head of Global Green Commodities RWE Supply & Trading
    Paul Coffey – Chief Operating Officer RWE Innogy
    Roel Bol – Programme Director of biobased economy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and & Innovation

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