The COST Action Newsletter 2011 has been published!
Here is a summary of the activities 2011. You can download the Newsletter from HERE
COST Action FP0902 has reached its mid-point and looking back the Action is now on track to either meet or exceed its ambitious objectives. During 2011 the COST Action has seen further growth in its partnership and has now 27 COST member countries as well as participants from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, Brazil and the USA. This large partnership demonstrates that the COST Action is at the heart of the development in regards to the use of forest biomass for energy in many countries around the globe. With the growing demand for energy, research in the field of forest biomass for energy is expected to increase even further in the future. The Action provides an important tool to coordinate these ongoing activities and to create new methods, standards and terminology. As a result, more solid conclusions can be drawn from the research results, which will significantly improve the quality of the research in the future.
The Forest Energy Network has a strong focus on inter-disciplinary networking and training of young researchers in particular. During the course of the Action more than 27 Short Term Scientific Action have been carried out across the globe to investigate and transfer knowledge on the use of forest biomass for energy in new operational environments. In addition more than 100 young and/or experienced scientists have participated in 3 Training Schools to learn and share their knowledge regarding the sustainable use of forest biomass for energy by the end of 2011.
In 2011 the Action has also participated in the organization of the FORMEC 2011 conference which was jointly organized by BOKU, University of Canterbury NZ, IUFRO and COST Action FP0902. The event, which was a great success, was attended by 222 people from 37 different countries and offered about 80 presentations as well as proceedings.
Moreover, the COST Action also took part in the organization of the very successful High Level Conference on “The Future Role of Bio-energy from Tree Biomass in Europe” which was jointly organized by the European Science Foundation, IUFRO and COST in Vienna from the 6th to 11th of November 2011.
The activities in the different Working Groups are in progress to meet the objectives of the Action. WG meetings in 2011 were held in Graz in conjunction with FORMEC and WG 1 held a separate meeting in Wildau, Germany to discuss about the terms to be included in our glossary. In 2012 we will also publish the Good Practice Guidelines on Biomass Production Studies. Check the Forest Energy Portal during the spring to get your own copy!
The activities of COST Action FP0902 are also resulting in new spin-offs and several consortiums were formed to submit applications to the EU 7th Framework call for applications at the end of 2011. One of these applications has entered the negotiation phase and a new project dealing with innovative and effective technology and logistics for forest residual biomass supply in the EU is expected to start during 2012. Spin-offs provide a great opportunity to create synergies and apply results produced in the COST Action! Check the Forest Energy Portal for updates and more information about the project during the spring.
The cooperation with IEA Bioenergy Task 43 was also continued with promising results. Look forward to a joint workshop of IEA Bioenergy Task 43 and COST Action FP0902 on “Economic Sustainability of Forest Fuel Supply Chains” in Portugal on the 18th & 19th of September 2012.
More information about our activities in 2012 can be found in this 2nd Newsletter and on the Forest Energy Portal at www.forestenergy.org. If you are interested to participate or join the Action please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to another successful year and to continue this exciting work.