Centre of Excellence of Biomass in Schleswig-Holstein
In October 2006, FuE-Zentrum FH Kiel GmbH was setting up a Centre of Excellence of Biomass (CE Biomass) in Schleswig-Holstein. The centre will safeguard a sustainable transfer of expertise between the universities of applied sciences in Kiel, Flensburg and Lübeck and the universities of Kiel and Flensburg, as well as between companies, agricultural enterprises and institutions of Land Schleswig-Holstein. It will establish a sustainable structure for collaboration with a strong network between companies and participating institutions of higher education and act as a central point of contact, coordinating the scientific aspects of biomass exploitation and the technology transfer within this field in Schleswig-Holstein. By taking a scientific approach, the competence centre aims comprehensively to tackle fundamental questions surrounding the future use of biomass and the associated infrastructure. The project is funded by the Schleswig-Holstein Land Government out of the "Regional Programme 2000" and the "Programme for the Future – Economy 2007-2013".
A multitude of individual projects are being carried out under the roof of the competence centre. They are clustered into four subject-related categories:
- Agricultural production and exploitation
- Extraction of resources
- Process technology
- Energy industry
The results of these projects will enable companies in Schleswig-Holstein to develop raw materials and products and/or develop and/or run processes and thus increase the use and exploitation of biomass in Schleswig-Holstein. This will be crucial to both the energy sector and bio-refineries and will also provide impetus to agriculture. The centre is also establishing national and international collaborations, thus strengthening Schleswig-Holstein in the acquisition of funding for biomass-related research.