AREVA awarded funding for innovative biomass project

French multinational AREVA has been awarded funding by KIC InnoEnergy to develop an innovative bioenergy solution.

AREVA is developing a concept of modular and compact power plants to target small-scale biomass resources and address relatively untapped growth opportunities in Europe, South Asia and Latin America.

The company’s objective is to combine innovative solutions to optimize small-scale power plant cost for its customers and to reduce construction time. This new concept of biomass plant also aims to improve upstream technologies for multi-fuel acceptance and higher availability.

A number of partners have already signed on to the project along with AREVA, including SITA, leading industrial operator specialist in waste treatment and recovery, as well as R&D centers the French CEA and the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Bioenergy will play a key role in renewable heat and power production, contributing up to 14 per cent of the European energy mix in 2020. The global market for biomass capacity should grow by 6.8 GW per year by 2015.

KIC InnoEnergy is a leading Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC). It is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology fostering research and development activities in the field of sustainable energy.

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