Wolfgang Hillen Summer School Energetic Utilization of Biomass - Californian-Bavarian perspectives

Date & Venue

The Summer School will take place over two sessions; one in California and another in Bavaria. Students are expected to attend both sessions.

Part 2: April 03 - April 11, 2018 in Garching and Raitenhaslach, Germany

The Chair for Energy Systems will be host of the second part of the Wolfgang Hillen Summer School. It will be held in Garching (TUM Campus) and Raitenhaslach (TUM Study Center).


Part 1: June 25 – June 30, 2017 in Davis, CA

The Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) department at the University of California in Davis (UCD) will host the first part of the International Summer School.




1 MW Fluidized Bed Gasifier (West Biofuels)

Bavaria and California have extensive research and development efforts in place that are focusing on sustainable, efficient, and innovative biomass utilization for power, heat, bioproduct, and biofuel production.

In this Summer School, the state-of-the-art in the field of different biomass utilization pathways will be outlined and communicated among young researchers. The Summer School will take place over two sessions; one in California and another in Bavaria.

The second part of the Summer School will take place in Bavaria later this year. Further information will be published soon!

Schedule, Part II, Bavaria

The Summer School will cover theoretical seminars and lectures, experimental lab courses, and tours to several industrial biomass plants. The participants will be actively cooperating with each other and are invited to give presentations about their research projects.


More information will be published early 2018!


Prof. H. Spliethoff, Prof. M. Gaderer, S. Fendt, Dr. S. Biollaz, Dr. R. Seiser, Prof. C. Zollfrank, T. Schulzke, J. Neumann, ...

More speakers to be announced soon!

Laboratory Workshops

  • Feedstock Characterization (e.g. Thermal Gravimetric Analysis, Thermal Decomposition Kinetics)
  • Gas Analysis (IR, GC-FID/TCD, SPE/SPA, …)


  • Sunliquid
  • Biogas plant
  • Biomass Combustion / Gasification
  • Clariant Products, Gendorf

Who can participate?

This International Summer School is designed for Master’s and PhD students from Bavaria and California.

However, interested students from anywhere are also encouraged to apply for participation, but not for travel grants.


Interested students can apply via eMail to: summerschool.les.mw@tum.de

Deadline for the application: Febuary 28, 2018

Attendance Fee

The attendance fee for the Summer School is 200 €.

Accomodation is included in Raitenhaslach, but not in Garching/Munich.

Snacks and drinks during the day and the tours are also included. You will receive an invoice after registration.


The Wolfgang Hillen Summer School is supported by the Bavaria California Technology Center BaCaTeC