In order to establish a Bioenergy National Strategy for the period 2013-2020, the Ministry of Energy commissioned the Technological Development Unit (UDT) of the Universidad de Concepción a proposal to materialize the potential of bioenergy in the country, including biomass, biogas and liquid biofuels.

For Alex Berg, Executive Director of UDT: “This project is very important because it will provide the technical guidelines for the authority to take a decision regarding the use and promotion of biomass as an energy source. It should be noted that to date, 20% of primary energy in Chile comes from forest biomass, situation that turns it into a strategic resource”.

The initiative, in the first stage, will review the availability of lignocellulosic and digestable biomass and analyze the technologies for converting this resource into bioenergy. Likewise, it will set the state of the art of bioenergy projects and initiatives in Chile, identifying the barriers associated with their implementation. This is to raise the action lines in this area until 2020. Then, in the second stage, workshops and a public inquiry regarding the strategy draft will be organized. This will give way to the final stage, which will incorporate the results of the inquiry to the above proposal.

UDT is a research center created in 1996, which is characterized by conducting science, technology and innovation, in close relation to the productive sector. These attributes make it a unique research center in Chile, leading avant-garde scientific and technological projects.