ERA-Nets (European Research Area Networks) aim to improve cooperation and coordination of national and regional R&D support programmes. ERA-NET Bioenergy is concerned with energy production from biomass and has set itself the goal to enhance European research cooperation and coordination in this field by way of networking of the relevant R&D programmes of national governments.
The ERA-NET Bioenergy started in October 2004 with founding members from AT, FI, DE, NL, SE, UK and was originally due to end in November 2008. However, the cooperation, which by 2008 also included DK, FR, IE and PL, was extended until December 2010. Since January 2011, ERA-NET Bioenergy is a self-sustained network with a clear focus on joint calls for R&D proposals and coordinated jointly by RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) and FNR.
So far the ERA-NET Bioenergy network has launched 11 joint calls for proposals:
- 1st Joint Call (2006) on small-scale combustion (5 funded projects)
- 2nd Joint Call (2007) on cleaning of product gas from biomass gasification (6 funded projects)
- 3rd Joint Call (2008) on short rotation coppice (3 funded projects)
- 4th Joint Call (2009) on clean biomass combustion (5 funded projects)
- 5th Joint Call (2010) on sustainable forest management and optimised use of lignocellulosic resources - together with another ERA-Net called "WoodWisdom-Net 2" (12 funded projects)
- 6th Joint Call (2012) on biogas and energy crops (4 funded projects)
- 7th Joint call (2013) on small-scale heat and power production (2 funded projects)
- 8th Joint Call (2014) on integrated biorefinery concepts (3 funded projects)
- 9th Joint Call (2015) on innovative bioenergy concepts; 6 projects were suggested for funding, 4 projects started early 2016, 2 projects still in national application phase
- 10th Joint Call (2016) on biobased economy projects (2 funded projects)
- 11th Joint Call (2017) on “Bioenergy as part of a smart and flexible energy system” was launched on 10 October 2016, after a 2-step-procedure the projects recommended for funding will be known end of 2017
FNR contact person: Carina Lemke