Associazione Italiana Energie Agroforestali
AIEL Italian Agroforestry Energy Association is a private non-profit organization founded in 2001. AIEL aims to promote, stimulate and disseminate the use of solid biomasses as renewable energy sources in Italy. AIEL covers and represents all the steps and sectors of the whole wood-energy supply chain, working together with institutions, organizations and privates, i.e. forestry operators, forest owners and entrepreneurs, biomass producers and traders, farmers as well as manufacturers and retailers biomass heating systems. Currently, AIEL counts on approx. 500 members, of which more than 150 are active in the field of solid biofuels from forestry and agricultural sector. AIEL operates on different working lines: technical consultancy, market observatory, advocacy and policy. Furthermore, AIEL promotes the network and aggregation of both SMEs and bigger players, in order to foster the added-value of the Italian forestry sector.
Since 2006 AIEL has become member of the European Biomass Association (Bioenergy Europe) and is also member of the governing board of the “Coordinamento FREE” (Coordination of Renewables Resources and Energy Efficiency), which promotes the development of renewables and of energy efficiency, through cohesive actions among the Associations and the Institutions. AIEL embraces also the vision of the Forest Stewardship Council®, being associate to FSC Italia. Since several years, AIEL is active in the sector of quality and product certifications. In fact, AIEL is recognized as the Italian national licenser for the ENplus® (premium pellet) and BIOmasud® (Mediterranean fuels) schemes, and owner of BiomassPlus® (woody biomasses) and AriaPulita® (domestic heating appliances) certification schemes.
Since its establishment, AIEL invested in the communication and dissemination, through its quarterly technical journal “Agriforenergy”, releasing newsletters to associates and stakeholders, creating and managing websites (www.aielenergia.it ; www.energiadallegno.it), as well as maintaining other communication channels and of a press office. Moreover, AIEL is the technical partner of the biennial international biomass trade fairs “Progetto Fuoco” (www.progettofuoco.com) and “Italia Legno Energia” (www.italialegnoenergia.it).
Asociación de Valorización Energética de la Biomasa
AVEBIOM was founded in 2004 with the target to promote the development of the spanish bioenergy sector. The main targets of this organization can be summed up of the following way:
- To promote the creation and the development of the bioenergy sector in Spain.
- To involve to the public administrations on the subject of Agriculture, Environment, Industry and Economy.
- To stimulate the commercial companies establishment for the transformation, commercialization and supply of solid biofuels, as well as the business undertaking that they are employed at the energy use ambience, the biofuels and biogas production and the related equipments.
AVEBIOM puts its experience and means at the disposal of all the interested parties who want to redeem a role in the progress and development of the use of the biomass in the energy sector: farmers, agents of the forest sector , companies for the transformation of products from forest, private industries,investigation institutes, technological centers and universities, producers of specific machines for the combustion, biomass manufacture and transport, etc. They offer to its members the collaboration, help and advice that they need in bioenergy, contacts with the public administrations and the organization of initiatives and events for the diffusion and the sensitization about the potentialities of this resource in the struggle against the climate change, and for the promotion of the rural areas and its sustainibility at environmental and economic level.
AVEBIOM is a member of the Directorate of the European Biomass network (AEBIOM), taking part actively in the EU actions organized in the frame of this organization. In turn, this is the associate number 1 of the World Bioenergy Association of and they are part of Steering Comite of the Renewable Heating & Cooling European Platform.
Centro da Biomassa para a Energia
CBE is a private association provided with public utility, which acts in the national energy policy frame, in the the energy diversification ambience and of the use of the natural resources that Portugal has. Its main purpose is to promote the use of the biomass with energy ends. The main targets of the CBE are the following ones:
- To combine and coordinate the efforts that diverse public and private ganizations use biomass;
- To offer technical and technological support in the companies of production of energy by means of the use of the biomass
- To promote the transference of the knowledge and the technology to the companies;
- To put into practice and improve the demonstration work, research and development, with the new technologies related to the production, transformation and use the biomass;
- To promote the teams development for the compilation, preparation, transformation and the use of biomass;
- To promote the technical and technological formation, helping to form to qualified personnel in companies and institutions related with biomass;
- To spread the technical information and technology in its specialization area.
Centre for Research & Technology Hellas
CERTH is one of the leading research centres in Greece. Among its areas of expertise, activities in renewable energy sources, solid biofuels production and utilization, energy saving and environmental protection are included.
Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
CIEMAT assigned to the Science and Innovation Department of Spain, is a Public Investigation Organism of excellence in matters of energy and environment, as well as in multiple vanguard technologies and in diverse areas of fundamental research. From its creation in 1951 it carries out technological research and development projects , serving as reference to represent technically Spain in the international forums and to advise to the public administrations in matters of its competition. The CIEMAT is diversified technologically and geographically, to attend to the needs for I+D in Spain in general and in its Autonomous regions in particular. The activity of the CIEMAT is organized concerning research projects that serve as bridge between the I+D and the social interest. The human team of the CIEMAT is formed by, approximately, 1.200 persons, of whom 47 % is university graduates.
CIEMAT is a pioneering organism in the development of the renewable energies in Spain at which it is working in an important way from 1985, year in which there was created the Renewable Energies Institute (today Renewable Energies Division). In addition to the previous Division, it is provided at present with a Center specializing in the development of the wind energies and, especially, biomass energies named CEDER-CIEMAT ( Renewable Energies Development Center), placed in Lubia (province of Soria, Castilla León, Spain).