Monday, 9. October 2006 | 15:30 Uhr


Thomas Nusssbaumer


Verenum, Zurich


Thomas Nussbaumer sees bioenergy as offering a smart and efficient source of energy. Sustainability has to be measured by residues/by-products, regeneration, contamination, efficiency, cost and conflicts with food production etc. For the purposes of production technology, fermentation and combustion, the water content is crucial. Local vegetation determines the potential. There is not yet a certification system in place for biomass. Example: complete combustion of biomass, such as wood pellets, is the objective. This generates 5 times less pollution than diesel. The energy sources are of varying quality (manure versus pellets), they can also be processed in combination with other materials, e.g. burned with coal. Gasification and ethanol production are further possibilities.

Thomas Nusssbaumer

2. Juli 1960 born in Zürich

1979–1984 Diploma in Mechanical and Process Engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Practical trainings in USA, Japan, and Switzerland

1986–1989 Scientific collaborator at ETH and doctoral thesis on pollutant formation.

since 1987 Author and co-author of more than 250 publications on pollutant formation and re-duction, combustion design, process control, gasification, techno-economic assess-ment. Editor of handbooks on plant planning and proceedings on bioenergy.

since 1989 Founder and owner of Verenum, an independent R&D and consultancy company. Delegate in the International Energy Agency (IEA) „Biomass Combustion“.
Lecturer at ETH Zürich.

since 1990 Chairman of the „Holzenergie-Symposium“ at ETH Zürich.

1997 Habilitation at ETH Zürich on Thermochemical biomass conversion.

since 2002 Vice president of the association „Wood energy Switzerland“.

since 2003 Delegate for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for measures for pollutant reduction from biomass combustion in Chile.

seit 2006 Lecturer for „Wood energy and environment“ for the Bioenergy Virtual University as part of the EU-Programme SOKRATES.

seit 2006 Expert for the Climate Cent Foundation.

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