The 18th European Biomass Conference, 3 - 7 May 2010, and Exhibition, 3 - 6 May 2010, will be held at the Lyon Convention Centre - Cité Internationale - France.

Dates

Conference: 3-7 May 2010
Exhibition: 3-6 May 2010

Venue

Cité internationale
Centre de congrès
Lyon
France

07 April 2010 - With more than 880 submitted scientific and industry papers the
18th European Biomass Conference (3-7 May 2010) and Exhibition (3-6 May 2010),
taking place in Lyon, France, will be the place for discussing the future
development of Biomass. Following the conclusions of the abstract review
process, the international Conference Scientific Committee, made up of more than
100 representatives from research and industry, put together a challenging
programme. The Conference Programme will contain 264 Plenary and Oral
Presentations, as well as, 542 Visual Presentations. In May, participants from
over 70 countries are expected to attend the world's largest Biomass Conference
covering all biomass sectors. Each of the five Conference days offers a
wide-ranging variety of presentations from all areas of Biomass.

The Conference Programme is available on www.conference-biomass.com

The global interest in the European Biomass Conference is evident in the soaring number of 65 countries where the submitted papers originated: All European countries, North and South America, Asia and Africa, as well as Australia have contributed. Most submissions originated from this year’s host country France. A high number of contributions was received from other European countries, such as Germany, Italy, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

This international exchange on a high professional level proves the European Biomass Conference status as the “world's international biomass event for a specialist audience”.

The submission of the high number of contributions from all over the world reconfirms that the biomass topic is an essential and vital part of the political, scientific and industrial efforts concerning the further development of renewable energies. International experts, from all areas of the biomass sector, will meet at the 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Lyon and share their ideas and findings with a specialist audience.

The greater share of submitted abstracts (39%) was received for the topic of Biomass Conversion. Biomass Resources made up for 20% of abstracts and 16% were submitted for Biofuels. The topics Biomass Markets and Biomass Policies accounted for a total of 25% of the abstracts.

The Conference will focus on the future development of biomass and its potentials, such as the European SET Plan, with the June deadline for the National Renewable Energy Action Plans. Prof. Josef Spitzer, Conference General Chairman, states: “It is impressing to see how the global biomass R&D community responded to the Call for Papers. This number is showing that we are able to continue the trend of growth. I also find it encouraging that bioenergy stays high on the agenda, in spite of the very difficult times world economy is going through. Biomass is a key to our sustainable energy future and this Conference and Exhibition is at the heart of the global developments in this area; in science, technology, industry and applications. It is my great pleasure to chair this leading platform for the whole biomass value chain. The Conference subjects cover the entire range of bioenergy and bio-materials issues: resource availability, conversion technologies, demonstration projects, integration in the energy system, environmental impact and market deployment as well as the need for policy actions. Presenters and participants will be able to learn about the latest developments in these subjects and to exchange personal views. Together with the opportunity to see practical applications of bioenergy systems in the exhibition, this will make it worthwhile to come to Lyon.”

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 3, 2010, at 10.00 am. The daily Conference Programme starts at 8.30 am with as a highlight, plenary presentations followed by a unique and carefully selected combination of presentations from all topics of Biomass. On Friday, May 7, 2010, the 18th European Biomass Conference concludes with the summaries of the Conference.

The 4th Biomass Industry Forum, taking place on Wednesday, 5 May, in conjunction with the 18th EU BC&E, is organised by the European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA). This Forum will highlight the perspectives for large scale utilization of biomass in sectorial market. Energy industrial organizations (utilities, technology suppliers, biomass supplier, etc) will be focal presenters of the Forum.

Event Background

For 30 years now, the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (European BC&E) has combined a very renowned international Scientific Conference with an Industry Exhibition. Since 2007 the Conference and Exhibition takes place every year. The European BC&E is held at different venues throughout Europe and ranks as the world's leading event in the biomass sector.

This year's European BC&E will be held in Lyon, France. The Conference is expected to attract about 1,500 participants from more than 70 countries. It is supported by the European Commission, by ADEME - the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - the World Council for Renewable Energy, and EUBIA - the European Biomass Industry Association.

Further information

Press Inquiries:
18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Press Office
Catherina Bernaschina
e-mail: pressoffice at etaflorence.it
Tel.: +39-055-5002280
Fax: +39-055-573425

REGIX: Results of the French Biomass Project

The concluding Conference to highlight the results of the French Biomass Project REGIX will take place at the 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Lyon

22 February 2010 - The summarizing and final conference of the French project REGIX (Unified references, methods and experiments to enable improved evaluation of potential agricultural and forestry lignocellulosic resources for bioenergy in France) will take place in Lyon, France, on the occasion of the 18th European Biomass Conference (3-7 May 2010) and Exhibition (3-6 May 2010).

On May 4, 2010, representatives from the French biomass industry will meet and address crucial questions on biomass resources: availability and costs of the agricultural, forest and biomass residues, technical performances, environmental impacts, quality, and supply chain.

The REGIX project is based on a unified agricultural and forestry approach and aims to ensure that economic actors will have the tools, methods and high quality reference data they need to develop this industry. Nine partners of the REGIX programme, that are GIE ARVALIS/ONIDOL, INRA, FCBA, UCFF, ONF, EDF, CRA Centre, FRCA Picardie and APESA, will present the main results of the project to the biomass community.

The commitment of the French biomass industry and the vital exchange of ideas and opinions during the 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition underlines the importance of biomass in the further development of renewable energies.

Background REGIX

The REGIX project was set up in 2005. It is funded in the context of the ANR French Research Agency National Bioenergy Research Programme and is supported by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. The goal is to adopt, within a single portal for forestry and agriculture, a unified approach to the knowledge, methods and techniques concerning lignocellulosic resources for the biofuels industry.

Further information

The REGIX conference will take place on May 4, 2010, and will be held in French.
For further information, please contact: Xavier Gautier
x.gautier at arvalisinstitutduvegetal.fr