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IEA Bioenergy Task 42 - 'Biorefining in a Future BioEconomy'

Task 42 National Team Leader:

Geoff Bell is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Microbiogen.  HeGeoff Bell has developed a high level of expertise in materials handling, process development, process controls and financial analysis through his 15 years as a mining analyst and Head of Research in Australia and Head of Global Mining Research at BNP Paribas.  Geoff has brought these skills and experience to the bio-energy space where the same principles are involved in producing sustainable bio-fuels from widely dispersed and generally low density substrates.  Over the last 8 years, he has lead Microbiogen from a micro-start-up to a commercial ready company that is generating significant license fees from deploying its unique and industrially relevant yeast strains to both conventional biofuels producers to lignocellulosic biofuels developers.

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For more details on Geoff Bell see the Microbiogen web-site


What's New?:


Task 42 Resources:

Task 42 Publications:

***NEW***Biorefining – Sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable bio-based products and bioenergy, 2014 - . The purpose of this publication is to provide an unbiased, authoritative statement on biorefining in general, and of the specific activities dealt with within IEA Bioenergy Task 42 on biorefining. It is aimed at stakeholders from the agro-sector, industry, SMEs, policy makers and NGOs. ***

***NEW*** 8 Biorefinery Fact Sheets (3MB), Oct 2014 The “Biorefinery Fact Sheet” assists various stakeholders in finding their position on biorefining in a future biobased economy. The Fact Sheets will be made for the 15 most interesting “energy driven biorefinery systems” identified by IEA Bioenergy Task 42.

The following 8 Fact Sheets have been developed:

  • 4-platform (biogas, green juice, green fibres, electricity&heat) biorefinery using grass silage and food residues for bio plastic, insulation material, fertilizer, electricity
  • 3-platform (black liquor, pulp, electricity&heat) biorefinery using wood chips for pulp, paper, turpentine, tall oil, bark, electricity and heat
  • 1-platform (C6 sugars) biorefinery using starch crops for bioethanol and feed
  • 3-platform (C6&C5 sugar, electricity&heat, lignin) biorefinery using wood chips for bioethanol, electricity, heat and phenols
  • 1-platform (oil) biorefinery using oilseed crops for biodiesel, glycerine and feed
  • 1-platform (oil) biorefinery using oil based residues for biodiesel, glycerine, bio oil and fertilizer
  • 2-platform (electricity&heat, syngas) biorefinery using wood chips for FT-biofuels, electricity, heat and waxes with steam gasification
  • 23-platform (pyrolysis oil, syngas, electricity&heat) biorefinery using straw for FT-biofuels and methanol with oxygen gasification

Task 42 Participation Group:

The Task 42 Participation Group held an inaugural meeting in February 2015.  If you are interested in being part of this Group, contact



Task 42 Webinars and Presentations:


Maximising Revenues and Minimising Waste in Fuel and Feed Biorefineries, Peter Milic, Microbiogen Pty Ltd (1MB).  This presentation was made at the 2014 Bioenergy Australia Conference in Adelaide and has been made available as part of IEA Task 42 activities.  Other presentations from the Conference can be accessed via the Conference DVD.

IEA Task 42: Summary of Tasks Completed at the End of the Current Recently Completed Triennium, Geoff Bell, Microbiogen Pty Ltd, 1 Dec 2015, Bioenergy Australia 2015, Tasmania.





Task 42 Progress Meetings / Update Reports:

Task 42 Progress Meeting - 1-3 December 2014, Toronto (Guelph), CANADA

Task 42 Progress Meeting - 4 - 6 May 2015, Sardinia, ITALY


Task 42 Progress Meeting 24 - 31 October 2015, Berlin, GERMANY


Task 42 Progress Meeting 18 - 19 April 2016, Dublin, IRELAND


Related Resources of Interest:

Elevance pilot-scale biorefinery

Enerkem Pilot Project

Haldor Topsoe Inc. Pilot Project

ADM Pilot Project -  Integrated Pilot Plant to Convert Corn Stover to Fuel and Chemicals

Algenol biofuels inc.,  pilot-scale demonstration project -   integrated pilot-scale biorefinery for producing ethanol from hybrid algae

Amyris Integrated Biorefinery

Alpena Biorefinery Pilot-Scale Project

Clearfuels-Rentech  Pilot-Scale biorefinery -   integrated pilot project for fuel production by thermochemical conversion of woodwaste

Icm, inc. biorefinery project -  pilot integrated cellulosic biorefinery operations to fuel ethanol

Logos, inc./edeniq, inc. pilot project -  logos technologies, inc. and Edeniq, inc. pilot corn-to-cellulosic migration biorefinery logos, inc.

Myriant’s flagship biorefinery - Myriant succinic acid biorefinery (mysab)

Renewable energy institute international pilot project -   demonstration of a pilot integrated biorefinery for the economical conversion of biomass to diesel fuel

Sapphire Energy, inc. demonstration-scale project - Sapphire Energy integrated algal biorefinery (iabr)

Solazyme Pilot-Scale Biorefinery - Solazyme integrated biorefinery: diesel fuels from heterotrophic algae

UOP pilot project -  pilot-scale biorefinery

Zeachem pilot project -  high-yield hybrid cellulosic ethanol process using high-impact feedstock for commercialization

INEOS Bio Commercializes bioenergy technology in Florida

Abengoa Commmercial Project -  Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas

BLUEFIRE COMMERCIAL PROJECT -  BlueFire Fulton Renewable Energy Project


Lignol Innovations, Inc. Demonstration Scale Biorefinery - Integrated Biorefinery Demo Plant Producing Cellulosic Ethanol and Biochemicals from Woody Biomass  Mascoma Frontier Biorefinery Demonstration Scale Project Red Shield Acquisition, LLC Demonstration Scale Project Integrated Biorefineries: Reducing Investment Risk in Novel Technology (4 page overview report)
Biomass Program: integrated Biorefineries: Biofuels, Biopower, and Bioproducts.      

*** Note - this Task was originally known as 'Biorefining - Sustainable Processing of Biomass into a Spectrum of Marketable Bio-based Products and Bioenergy' [amended to the current Task Title in December 2015 - Biorefining in a Future BioEconomy].