The BIOMAP Tool
The BIOMAP TOOL is a biofuels information tool initiated by the European Commission (EC) in order to facilitate access to general but also specific information. The original objective was to provide information on the EC contracts supported under various Framework Programmes (FPs) with main emphasis on the 7th FP. Soon it became apparent that more information could be added on commercial plants which had received no EC support at all, and with consistent efforts the information could expand to include data on biofuel standards, EC legislation, Member States institutions, information on various stakeholders such as associations, industry etc.
The work was based on various templates developed by the EC, Dr. Julie Tolmie, and experts from ePure (the European Renewable Ethanol Association) and EBB (the European Biodiesel Board). These were sent for completion to the EC contract coordinators, commercial plant operators via ePure and EBB, and representatives from the above-mentioned stakeholders via the EC. Dr. Julie Tolmie incorporated the submitted information in the BIOMAP. When the EC contract was completed in September 2010, the BIOMAP was transferred to the Joint Research Centre SETIS (Strategic Energy Technology Information System) at http://setis.ec.europa.eu/BIOMAP/#31016.
The BIOMAP will now be maintained and upgraded, and new data and types of information uploaded to it, through regular and detailed meetings of representatives of the members of the ESBF consortium, along with stakeholders, the EC and JRC.
The BIOMAP Structure
Essentially the BIOMAP is structured around 'players' who are linked together across and through the various sections of the biofuels sector. It has a Google Map geographical base, and numerous diagrammatical 'hierarchies' to facilitate the reporting of the information and its navigation by any person looking for information on biofuels. Active buttons facilitate access to key areas while external links are provided wherever possible. The BIOMAP also has a built-in time function that allows the researcher to analyse information over a specific time window (in years) or for a specific year. The overall structure is shown below.
The structure of the BIOMAP has been designed to:
- enable an analysis of changes in funding priorities over time, e.g. new methods, new technologies
- examine different industry roles in the sector, for example starting from a player as providing technology to multiple plants mapped on the BIOMAP, the user can go back up through the industry hierarchy to search for other players who fulfil equivalent roles
- assist consortia when writing a project proposal - a user can analyse similar projects already funded vis à vis the structure of previous consortia and workprogrammes, the research questions and demonstration challenges posed, and the results obtained
- track uses of the same feedstock in different biofuel pathways using different processes and technologies
- assist in understanding the relationships between various EU policies e.g. the Fuel Quality Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive
- compare the implementation of EU policies and/or standards in different national member states
How to contribute to the BIOMAP: