Welcome to the Biomass and Wood Energy Research Programmes of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
Biomass is the second most significant domestic source of renewable energy. Proportionally, however, biomass provides less than 5% of the total energy consumed in Switzerland, while its share in electricity production is just under 2%. It is estimated that 10% of the final Swiss energy consumption could be covered with domestic biomass sources and this in an ecologically acceptable manner. To what extent this potential can actually be exploited depends in particular on developments in technology and energy efficiency, the cost of raw materials and prices for bioenergy on the domestic and international markets, and not least on political measures to encourage use of biomass and social acceptance of the technology.
The Biomass and Wood Energy research programmes focus on innovative concepts of relevance to Switzerland, in particular in the fields of combustion, gasification and anaerobic fermentation. The programme coordinates research at the national level, utilises synergies and promotes networking at the international level.