Research platform on biomass as a raw material

Research platform on biomass as a raw material

The German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) has expanded its online database on the potentials and benefits of various biogenic raw materials in agriculture, forestry and waste management.

DBFZ Open Data
All research data on the bioeconomy flow together on the DBFZ's Open Data platform.

Which biogenic raw materials are available in Germany? What is their potential and how are they currently used? The resource database of the German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) provides answers to these questions. Since 2019, the online database has made it possible to browse research data and calculate the relevance of certain biogenic residues for products as well as specific areas. Now the research tool has been greatly expanded.

Raw material selection expanded and improved

The DBFZ's resource database currently includes 77 biogenic residues, by-products and wastes such as waste paper, green waste, corn silage or sugar beet leaves that are generated in agriculture, forestry and waste management. With the integration of new research results, data analyses are now possible for a total of eleven biobased products such as biomethane. The new features also include a revised user interface with extended filter functions, direct access to background information and the integration of an API. With the help of the new filters, raw materials can now also be selected according to properties such as liquid, solid, sugar and starch content, as well as origin.

The results show the potentials of the biomass in question along the material flow and their significance for the respective area. The biomass potentials are calculated automatically. In combination with the demand of a specific area such as the transport sector, future substitution potentials could thus also be estimated in an uncomplicated way. In addition, relevant scientific publications are available via a direct link.

Compiled research data on the bioeconomy

The resource database is part of the DBFZ Open Data portal and can be used free of charge. Other research data on the bioeconomy, such as the Bioeconomy Atlas, are accessible on the website. "On the site, we want to bring together all freely available research data publicly," sums up Paul Trainer of the DBFZ.