Increasing the amount of biomass cofired with coal at power plants seems to be a relatively simple way to reduce emissions of CO2 from power generation. However, cofiring does raise a number of issues:

- What happens if higher percentages of biomass are cofired?
- How can the quality of biomass be improved and standardised, by processes such as torrefaction?
- How does increasing the rate of cofiring influence the composition and use of ash?
- What cofiring is actually happening at power plants?
- How is the biomass sourced and certified - what are the sustainability issues?
- What is the future for biomass cofiring?

These issues and others will be discussed at the 2nd International Workshop on Cofiring Biomass with Coal organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre, with assistance from IEA Bioenergy Task 32 and VGB. It follows on from the successful first workshop held at Drax power station, UK in January 2011.

The Workshop will be held at the Hotel Phoenix in Copenhagen, Denmark from 27-28 March 2012. There will be one and a half days of presentations and discussion. There will be a dinner for all delegates on 27 March, kindly sponsored by DONG Energy. The workshop will finish with a tour of Avedøre power plant on 28 March. Attendance at the event costs €250, which includes lunch and refreshments on both days, the conference dinner, transport to Avedøre and back and a tour of the power plant. To reserve a room at the Hotel Phoenix, contact Betina Dinesen on or phone +45 3395 9500 and quote '1330221'. Betina will need your credit card details to accept a booking. Rooms at the Hotel Phoenix must be booked by 26 January 2012 to be secured. Standard single rooms cost DKK 1440 per night (approx €193) and standard double rooms cost DKK 1640 per night (approx €220).

Hotel Phoenix is an easy metro journey from Copenhagen airport. The airport is at the end of the line, so just take the first metro. Alight at Kongens Nytorv (the 8th stop), and Hotel Phoenix is a 5 minute walk away on Bredgarde. The address is: Phoenix Hotel, Bredgarde 37, DK 1260, Copenhagen. 

Registration opens at 8.00 am on 27 March, and the presentations will begin at 9.00 am. The workshop will finish at 12.45 on 28 March. Lunch will be served, and then a coach will depart from the hotel at 2.00 pm to take delegates to Avedøre power plant. The tour, including a presentation will take about 2½ hours. The coach will leave Avedøre power plant at 5 pm. It will go first to the airport, and then back to the hotel. We aim to be at Copenhagen airport by 5.30 pm. If delegates need to leave Avedøre power plant earlier than this time, it will be possible to organise taxis earlier in the afternoon.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Debo Adams at or Alvina Board at

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