FOROPA - Biomass Conference

Date: 11.11.2014
Time: 09.00 AM
Location: TIS innovation park - Via Siemens 19, 39100 Bolzano
Woody Biomass

​High mountains, deep valleys and plenty of forests. About 50% of South Tyrol‘s land area is covered with the precious resource forest. Besides its various ecological and social functions, forests in South Tyrol play a significant economic role. It is source of income for its owners and source of raw material for the timber industry. Wood from South Tyrolean forests is by now being used in 72 biomass district heating plants in the region. But how and where is wood being used in South Tyrol? Where does untapped potential lie? Which are the paths that biomass travels along? How much value is added in a district heating plant by using  biomass? And which innovative possibilities are there to generate energy from biomass?

These and more questions will be answered at this Woody Biomass Conference. The aim of this event is to present the results of the EU-project FOROPA.

​Registration by 04 November 2014 (Online registration)

TIS innovation park
Cluster Wood & Technology
Via Siemens 19
39100 Bolzano
T + 39 0471 068012
F +39 0471 068100
​The event is free of charge and in German with simultaneous translation in Italian and English.

  • 09:00 Welcoming Words (Hubert Hofer, TIS innovation park / Hans Peter Fuchs, Rudi Rienzner, Energy association South Tyrol / Marco Barattieri, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano / Roland Oberwimmer, Wood cluster Styria)
  • 09:30 Biomass in South Tyrol: a model for describing the amount of wood in the region and importance in the energy balance (Michael Stauder, TIS innovation park)
  • 10:00 Use of riparian vegetation in South Tyrol: biomass quantity, productivity and environmental aspects (Francesco Comiti, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
  • 10:30 Woody biomass from apple orchards in South Tyrol: quantification, quality assessment and environmental sustainability (Martina Boschiero, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
  • 11:00 Break
  • 11:30 Which future do district heating networks have? Actual energy performance and prospects (Marco Barattieri, Dario Prando, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
  • 11:45 Energy performance and emissions of domestic boilers fed with pellets of agricultural and riparian residues (Dario Prando, Martina Boschiero, Marco Barattieri, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
  • 12:00 Investigation of biomass degradation in the wood storage (Gerd Huber, Syneco Consulting, Bozen)
  • 12:30 Logging waste storage: results of field trials (Wilfried Pichler, Monika Steiner, Holzforschung Austria)
  • 13:00 Break
  • 14:00 Short distances - high yields: regional value added in energy production (Christian Hoffmann, Philipp Oberegger, EURAC research)
  • 14:30 Innovation in cableway system for forestry harvesting: trends and prospects for manufacturers and users (Raffaele Spinelli, CNR, Florence)
  • 15:00 Strategy development for biomass supply chains in South East Europe (Peter Rauch, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
  • 15:30 Break
  • 16:00 Compoterm - fermentation heat from wood and organic waste (Roman Bodner)
  • 16:20 Quality of wood chips for energy production: a survey of the district heating plants in South Tyrol (Diego Andreasi, TIS innovation park)
  • 16:40 S4Q – Wood Fuel Quality Assurance in Slovenia (Peter Preslan, Slovenian Forest Institute)
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