The development of European Standards (EN) is seen as a major driver to expand the market for solid biofuels. This market expansion is needed to fulfil the aims defined within the European Commission's White Paper on renewable energy, the directive on "green" electricity from renewable energy (EU-Directive COM(2000) 279 final), and the European Biofuel Directive as well as various political goals on the national level.
Against this background the aim of the BioNorm II project is it to carry out pre-normative research in the field of solid biofuels in close collaboration with the work of CEN TC 335 "Solid Biofuels", whereas all remarks by the evaluators of the first proposal for BioNorm II have been fully and comprehensively considered.
Due to the wide range of standards to be developed by CEN TC 335 this project will focus on such aspects urgently needed by industry to increase the markets for solid biofuels where significant pre-normative R&D need is given.
This applies in particular to an acceptable and transparent definition of the key properties of solid biofuels traded on the market, accounting for the given needs from the production and provision chain as well as the end user. Furthermore, reference test methods and rapid test methods are necessary to prove if the defined key properties are met. Additionally, rules for sampling and sample planning as well as quality measures especially adapted to the needs of solid biofuels are urgently needed.
The work in BioNorm II is divided in four work packages. To display the contents, follow the links:
- WP 1 - Sampling, sample reduction and sample planning
- WP 2 - Test procedures
- WP 3 - Quality measures
- WP 4 - Biofuel specifications