Spain’s National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) is a non-profit foundation which works to generate knowledge in renewable energy and transfer it to industry to boost sustainable energy development. CENER´s Biomass Energy Department is composed of a multidisciplinary staff of over 20 people with considerable experience in the Bioenergy Sector and specific knowledge in biology, chemistry, agronomy and chemical engineering.
The department comprises two activity areas: Thermochemical Applications Service and Biofuels and Resources Evaluation Service. The first deals with topics related to thermochemical conversion of biomass (mainly torrefaction and gasification) and the second with activities related to biomass resources assessment and energy crops, biochemical conversion processes and sustainability assessment (energy and GHG emissions balances). There is also a fully equipped laboratory with specific areas dedicated to chemical processes, microbiology, fermentation processes and analytical techniques.
CENER’s facilities include a biomass laboratory, facilitating biomass and biofuels characterization and process development at lab scale, as well as a second generation biofuel centre in Aoiz, which is a semi-industrial pilot scale test facility.