An invitation to:

Ambition: Project Closure Meeting

26th November 2019

EERA office (5th Floor)

72 rue de Namur, 1000 Brussels.

10:00 – 17:00

AMBITION is one of four projects in the ECRIA pilot programme that seek to develop a longer term joint agenda on the integration of biofuels production and surplus grid energy valorisation.

AMBITION’s eight partners worked together to develop low temperature biomass pre-treatment, gasification, syngas fermentation and system integration technologies, furthering biofuels research for a sustainable energy future.

This Project Closure Meeting will review works completed through AMBITION, with each work package delivering a brief presentation summarising their contribution to the project. Followed by an expert discussion with those active in industry; of which we welcome your participation.

I look forward to welcoming you in Brussels

Bernd Wittgens


26/11/2019 EERA Meeting Room – Brussels
Coordinator Agenda for the day
EU PO Opening by PO
Coordinator Ambition: Advanced Biofuel Production with Energy System Integration

A Short Overview

 10:50 Coffee Break
Bernd Wittgens




(25 Minute Presentation + 10 minute Discussion / Q&A)

Francisco Girio




(25 Minute Presentation + 10 minute Discussion / Q&A)

Berend Vreugdenhil



WP3: Gasification

(25 Minute Presentation + 10 minute Discussion / Q&A)

 12:50 Lunch
Alex Toftgaard Nielsen



WP4: Syngas Fermentation

(25 Minute Presentation + 10 minute Discussion / Q&A)

Nicolaus Dahnmen



WP5: System Integration

(25 Minute Presentation + 10 minute Discussion / Q&A)

Tony Bridgwater /

Alanna Boden

Aston University


WP6: Promotion, Dissemination

(25 Minute Presentation + 10 minute Discussion / Q&A)

 15:15 Coffee Break
Co-ordinator Expert Discussion involving people active in relevant fields: Potential outcome, identify recommendations
 Bernd Wittgens Closing Statements



AMBITION held a joint workshop with BRISK2 Project and EERA in September 2019 at Aston University, focusing on Early Stage Techno-Economic Evaluation. Points covered include:

  • Capital cost estimate of novel processes (A.V. Bridgwater)
  • Methodologies for tools on early stage assessment regarding indicators, sources and treatment of uncerctainties in terms of capital & operational costs and market expectations. (Nicolaus Dahmen)
  • EERA JP Bioenergy Sub-program on Sustainability/Techno-Economic Analysis/Public Acceptance.
  • Presentation and critical discussion of case studies on biorefinery technologies from AMBITION, BRISK2 and other projects.
  • Research demand and improvement of methodology.

Participant feedback on the Techno-Economic Analysis/ workshop:

Ana-Maria Cortes-Benitez: “The workshop provided a valuable overview of the methods commonly used to carry out technoeconomic assessments for bioenergy projects and tips that are particularly useful when assessing technologies that are still in development. It was also a great opportunity to learn how other organisations carry out the assessments and compare the methods used, considering the complete bioenergy value chain”.

Arash Aghaalikhani: “A useful practice to understand the challenges in techno-economical assessment of biofuel industry projects and learning practical solutions to approach the problems”.

Scott Banks: “The TEA workshop was a very informative experience with both the basics and in depth details regarding techno economic analysis. The breakaway sessions were very insightful with different peoples opinions and knowledge being expressed. Overall the workshop was a success and I feel that I have taken away some very useful knowledge and tips”.


May 2019 AMBITION ran a workshop and presentations on 30th May 2019 as part of the 27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal

SEPTEMBER 2018 AMBITION’s first open workshop took place in Trondheim, Norway. The event focused on energy system integration of bio-based fuels. Photos and presentations from the event are available to view and download below.
Trondheim Workshop Brochure Cover FINAL

This event  was a joint open workshop between two complementary projects – AMBITION and Bio4Fuels. The workshop provided an opportunity to exchange views, learn from each other and promote alignment in pursuit of high quality output from both projects.

Topics included future ambitions for liquid transport fuels, hydrogen as part of the future transport energy system, gasification beyond the state of the art and new approaches to process design.

Click the poster to read more and download the full brochure and programme.

Details of the next AMBITION workshop will be coming soon. Register your interest for a priority place by emailing