Biomass for Swiss Energy Future

Welcome to the SCCER BIOSWEET

The Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research - Biomass for Swiss Energy Future (SCCER BIOSWEET) is a consortia of 15 Partners from 9 Academic Institutions and more than 50 Cooperation Partners from private or public sector organizations. It focuses on the engineering and implementation of biochemical and thermochemical biomass conversion processes with a high level of technological readiness and sustainability.


Biomass for Swiss Energy Future Conference 2016

Brugg, Sept 7, 2016

Save the date and register now! An attractive program with excellent speakers has been compiled adressing participants from academia, industry, federal offices, politics and interested persons from the general public.


EUBCE 2017 - Call for papers

Villigen, Aug 15, 2016

The EUBCE 2017 will take place in Stockholm, from June 12 to June 15, 2017. The call for papers is open! The SCCER BIOSWEET is looking forward to beeing represented at this world class annual event.

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BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2015

Villigen, Sept 27, 2016

The 65th edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy sets out energy data for 2015. A few numbers on renewables: renewable energy in power generation continued to increase in 2015, reaching 2.8% of global energy consumption, up from 0.8% a decade ago. Globally, wind energy remains the largest source of renewable electricity (52.2% of renewable generation). Solar power generation grew by 32.6% with China overtaking both Germany and the US to become the world’s leading generator of solar energy. Global biofuels production grew by 0.9%, well below the 10-year average of 14.3%.


Reconciling food security and bioenergy

Villigen, July 12, 2016

The UN Sustainable Development Goals place a high priority on food and energy security. In June 2016, the report “Reconciling food security and bioenergy: priorities for action”, was published by the International Food Policy Research Institute together with the World Bank, the Delft University and the Centre for Environmental Policy of the Imperial College London. The paper argues that bioenergy plays an important role in achieving both goals, and lays out priorities for achieving synergies between bioenergy and food security. 


National Thematic Networks 2017 – 2020

Villigen, July 8, 2016

The Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) continues to support the national thematic network (NTN) S-WIN for another four years until 2020. We congratulate our cooperation partner! Following a two-stage evaluation procedure, CTI has eleven NTNs its funding programme including three new NTNs.


The SCCER BIOSWEET in Aqua and Gas

Villigen, July 8, 2016

The latest edition of the journal Aqua and Gas contains a feature on new renewables with as many as three articles from SCCER BIOSWEET authors. The articles cover direct methanation of biogas, biomethanation, and an introduction to the SCCER BIOSWEET in general.

European Biomethane Conference

Villigen, July 8, 2016

On 20th June 2016 the 2nd European Biomethane Conference took place in Berlin. The event is a platform dedicated to identifying biomethane trends and prospects in Europe. Check out the presentations!


Bioenergie-Forum 2016

Solothurn, June 22, 2016

The 4th Bioenergy Forum highlighted the regional, renewable and climate-neutral potential of bioenergy in Switzerland. However, the potentials are constraint by bureaucratic hurdles and the lack of incentives, agreed the over 100 experts. The Bioenergy-Forum was organized by Biomass Suisse and in partnership with the SCCER BIOSWEET.

VVEA-Tagung 1.0 – Recycling lohnt sich

Bern, May 31, 2016

Our Partner Urs Baier was invited to talk at the “VVEA-Tagung 1.0 – Recycling lohnt sich”. He presented new options to (re)use biogenic waste. Check out all presentations informing about the VVEA and the video of the panel discussion on food waste.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at EBRI

Aston University, Birmingham, June 24, 2016

Are you interested in winning funding for a Fellowship at the world leading European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University, UK? Find out more and submit your application before July 15, 2016.



PSI-ENE seminar by Frédéric Vogel

Villigen PSI OSGA/EG06, Aug 18, 2016

Blue Diversion Autarky - Sauberes Wasser aus der Toilette. In den Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern liegt der sanitäre Standard häufig unterhalb des von der WHO festgelegten Mindeststandards. Dies führt zu starken Problemen im Bereich der Gesundheit und der Umwelt (z.B. verunreinigtes Trinkwasser, hohe Kindersterblichkeit, Verbreitung von Krankheitserregern). Die Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation startete daher im Jahr 2011 einen weltweiten Wettbewerb zur Entwicklung neuer dezentraler Sanitärkonzepte für solche Länder. Die Eawag hat, in Zusammenarbeit mit weiteren Forschungsinstituten, innerhalb dieses Wettbewerbs die „Blue Diversion Toilet“ entwickelt. Ein Merkmal dieser Toilette ist die Trennung von Urin und Fäkalien. Diese Toilette wird nun im Projekt „Blue Diversion Autarky“ um ein Modul zur autothermen, hydrothermalen Oxidation (HTO) von Fäkalien erweitert, welches an der FHNW am Institut für Biomasse und Ressourceneffizienz zusammen mit dem PSI entwickelt wird. Für die Verfahrensentwicklung wurde ein erster Labor-Prototyp konzeptioniert und aufgebaut. Im Vortrag wird die Idee hinter der Blue Diversion Toilette erläutert sowie das Design und die aktuellen Ergebnisse des autarken Moduls für die Behandlung des Fäkalschlamms gezeigt.



International Summer School on CO2 Conversion

Villars-sur-Ollon, Aug 29-Sept 2, 2016

The International Summer School on CO2 Conversion “From Fundamentals towards Applications will provide an overview about the status quo in the current CO2 research (fundamentals of CO2 conversion, concepts and industrial application of CO2 capture and conversion technologies).


CREST Annual Conference 2016

Winterthur, Sept 1, 2016

The SCCER CREST contributes to innovation in business models, consumer interventions, policies and regulations. In keynote speeches, parallel sessions, poster sessions and a panel discussion, we will present and discuss CREST’s contribution to these innovations.


Tagung Sozialwissenschaften und Praxis im Dialog: Energieeffiziente Haushalte

Winterthur, Sept 2, 2016

This conference is in cooperation with Energieforschung Stadt Zürich, NFP 71 Steuerung des Energieverbrauchs and SFOE. It aims to demonstrate how the energy consumption in households can be decreased. Speeches in four parallel sessions will discuss the focus topic from different perspectives.


Inauguration of GENEPI Platform

Grenoble, Sept 8, 2016

CEA Liten, BioWooEB at CIRAD and L’École des Mines in Albi-Carmaux invite to the inauguration of the GENEPI platform. The platform allocates research and demonstration equipment for the gasification of bioresources (including several pre- and post-treatments options). National and international partners from industry and research are invited to collaborate and contribute.


Brenet Status-Seminar 2016

ETHZ, Sept 8-9, 2016

The brenet Status-Seminar provides a synoptic of Swiss research and development activities in the field of urban and rural settlements as well as building architecture and technology.


Annual Conference DBFZ

Leipzig, Sept 8-9, 2016

“Smart bioenergy – innovations for a sustainable future” is the overarching topic of the DBFZ Annual Conference. It covers the newest R&D trends and innovative concepts in the field of bioenergy. The event hosts two workshops: Fachforum zu Hydrothermalen Prozessen and a workshop on Computational Fluid Dynamics.


Annual Conference SCCER SoE

Sion, Sept 12, 2016

The first day of the SCCER SoE Annual Conference will be devoted to hydropower, the second to geo-energy.


Swiss ECS 2016

Bern, September 13-14, 2016

The 10th instalment of the Swiss Energy and Climate Summit will cast its eyes to the future and deliver concrete answers. The motto of this year’s event is “Building Tomorrow”.


SCCER Mobility Annual Conference

ETHZ, Sept 16, 2016

The 3rd SCCER Mobility Annual Conference will be an opportunity for academic and industrial partners to discuss the most relevant research results achieved so far, to find new cooperation partners and to get a glimpse on the planned activities for phase II. Additionally, we will count with two external keynotes from renowned speakers: Dr. Jari Kauppila, from the International Transport Forum and Karin Tausz, Director of the strategic initiative for autonomous vehicles at SBB.


Holzenergie-Symposium 2016

ETHZ, Sept 16, 2016

The biannual symposium informs about innovation and trends in the field of bioenergy. The event is organized by Verenum Zürich and HSLU and supported by the SFOE.


Annual Conference SCCER EIP

Basel, Sept 20, 2016

This year’s SCCER EIP Annual Conference will be organized as special session at the ILMAC 2016. There will be several presentations, a booth with posters and information material of SCCER.


Biofuels International 2016

Ghent, Belgium, September 20-22, 2016

Biofuel producers, regulators and experts come together to discuss the industry's transition to advanced biofuels at the 9th Biofuels International Conference and Expo in Ghent.


SCCER Heat & Electricity Storage Symposium

Lucerne, Oct 24, 2016

The large volume of electricity production capacities from the fluctuating sources wind and solar, installed in recent years is the first step towards a CO2 and nuclear waste free energy future. Nevertheless, to transform this vision to reality, a strong focus needs to be set on storage for the sake of grid stability and independence. In light of this context, we would like to invite you to The SCCER Heat and Electricity Storage 4th Symposium “Storing Renewable Energy for Future Mobility”.


First Basel Sustainability Forum

Basel, Oct 14, 2016

The 1st Basel Sustainability Forum focuses on the relations between energy and sustainability. It is aimed at sensitizing an interested general public on new developments in energy transfer from scientific, consumer, and business perspectives.


AEE SUISSE Kongress 2016

Bern, Nov 14, 2016

The 5th National Congress of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency will be held on Monday, 14. November 2016 at the Stade de Suisse in Berne under the motto "Auf der Überholspur in die Energiezukunft". Doris Leuthard has announced her participation.


Energy Startup Day

Technopark Zurich, Dec 1, 2016

On behalf of the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), the ZHAW School of Management and Law in cooperation with the Energy Science Center of ETH Zurich, the National Energy Research Network SCCER CREST, the Impact Hub Zurich, Landis + Gyr and CKW will perform on December 1st the Energy Startup Day for the second time.


Annual Conference SCCER FURIES

Lausanne, Dec 2, 2016

The Annual Conference of the SCCER FURIES will take place in December at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne. Please save the date and further information will follow in due time.


Biogas Expo & Congress 2017

Offenburg, Germany, February 8-9, 2017

The biogas - expo & congress has a trinational orientation on the target markets Germany, France and Switzerland.