At the invitation of SCCER BIOSWEET, Holzenergie Schweiz/Energie-bois Suisse/Energia legno Svizzera, the Swiss umbrella association for wood energy production and use, held their 2018 general assembly at FHNW in Brugg/Windisch.

On June 6th about 50 representatives of district heating operators, forest owners, equipment manufacturers, engineering firms and the federal administration gathered to review the association’s activities of the past year and to define the upcoming tasks. While contributing significantly to the renewable and CO2-neutral energy supply in Switzerland, biomass heating is facing detailed questions about topics such as ash disposal and emissions regulation. These topics – among others – are addressed by various technological projects of the Institute of Bioenergy and Resource Efficiency (IBRE) at FHNW which is an academic partner of the SCCER BIOSWEET.

After the official assembly was finished, the attendees highly appreciated the tour of the IBRE laboratory. Lively discussions at all of the test rigs demonstrated the interest in the research work and its relevance to the wood energy sector. Professor Oliver Kröcher, head of SCCER BIOSWEET, provided an overview of all of the activities of the BIOSWEET Competence Center. Many of the BIOSWEET competencies and activities, for example the biomass potential study or the liquid fuel and combustion developments, are related to wood.

An apero concluded the successful program with the opportunity for the researchers and the practitioners to further exchange experiences and perspectives.