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BioRES - Sustainable regional supply chains for woody bioenergy 

BioRES aims at introducing the innovative concept of Biomass Logistic and Trade Centres (BLTCs) in Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria based on international cooperation with European technology leaders. The BLTCs as regional hubs will help increasing local supply and demand for woody bioenergy products.


(LCMW) Relevance: BLTC, supply chain


The BIOWAYS mission is to promote the huge potential of bio-based research results and raise public awareness of bio-based products, using a variety of communication techniques and through public engagement activities and the development of educational tools and materials. The BIOWAYS is an H2020-funded project started in 2017.


(LCMW) Relevance: One of the objectives of the project is to understand the characteristics and potential of bio-based products and applications, including waste valorisation.


ISABEL project is about promoting, supporting and developing community biogas in Europe. The project is set on providing all the framework conditions for biogas communities to shape, develop, thrive and works on all angles in order to pave the way for the transition from traditional supply chains to community ownership and to take full advantage of the ample societal benefits of local community-driven biogas systems, fuelled and inspired by social innovation principles. The project started at the beginning of 2016 and will end at the end of 2018.


(LCMW) Relevance: ISABEL project promotes local production-consumption systems of waste-based (ie. sustainable) biogas.


The main aim of this project is to support the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at the local, regional and pan European level. It should proceed through developing strategies and
roadmaps, that will be informed by a “computerized and easy to use” toolset (and respective databases) with updated harmonized datasets.


(LCMW) Relevance: Identification and extensive characterisation of existing and future non-food biomass conversion technologies for energy and bio-based products (thermal conversion, anaerobic digestion, biochemical conversion). The aim is to assess new and existing logistic concepts, design the most promising logistic supply-chains for cases at local, regional and pan-European level.

Angus Biofuels 

Five years ago Bill Watson created a £1.2m plant at Padanaram, west of Forfar, after developing the biomass business idea following extensive scrutiny of the industry in Europe. Being the forestry owner, woodchip producer, boiler installer and heat supply contractor the company covers every step of the production chain. It now employs around 10 staff and the Angus operation has been expanded to include depots in the Borders and Strathclyde.


(LCMW) Relevance: Integrated project with forest biomass value chain development

Bettona biogas and electricity production 

Cogeneration plant fueled with olive residues.


(LCMW) Relevance: Use of sustainable material for biogas production

Bioenergy-region Ludwigsfelde Plus 

This project aims at conducting public relations work in renewables, with focus on bioenergy, in order to gain public acceptance for the activities (information campaigns, events, cooperation with schools, etc.)


(LCMW) Relevance: Promotion of bioenergy for better acceptance of projects

Biogas Plant of Spoleto 

The Biogas Plant is collectively managed by a group of farmers


(LCMW) Relevance: Use of sustainable material for biogas production

Biomass heating plant in Hostětín 

Municipal biomass heating plant heats almost the entire village Hostětín since 2000. It burns wood chips, waste from nearby sawmills and forests. Heat distribution is connected on 80% of households. In the village is in comparison with the past significantly cleaner air, the people do not have to make coal cellar, but thanks to the use of this renewable source of energy each year, together saves approximately 1,100 tons of CO2 emissions and therefore contributing the climate protection. The heating plant produces about 3,500 GJ of heat per heating season. Payments for fuel does not leave the region, as in the case of coal, gas or electricit and the beer goes to municipalities. Hostětín village strengthens its independence from a power-sufficiency by a very significant way.


(LCMW) Relevance: The heating plant use fuel - wood chips from local forests

District heating in Témiscamingue 

For the Rémigny project, the municipal building and school showed a comsumption for heat of 21 000 L fuel/year taking into account a 115% increase of the fuel cost in 2002 and the potential biomass ressource available in the zone the municipality undertatook the necessary steps to settle a biomass district heating.


(LCMW) Relevance: Trees not used for sawing converted for district heating

Enhancing sustainable biogas production in organic farming (SUSTAINGAS)  

Economic synergy between biogas production and organic food production is essential for the success of biogas plants on organic farms. A tool to illustrate the economic mutual benefit between biogas and organic farming was developed and tested against data from the target countries Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Poland. The development of the tool was based on literature studies in the target countries and an expert workshop.
Best practice examples for sustainable organic biogas production on organic farms in the different European countries were be presented. Their beneficial impact on environment, society and sustainability is systematically described.


(LCMW) Relevance: LCMW biomass for biogas production

EU 2020 Going Local 

The focus of the project lies on the transfer of good practices into mainstream EU Structural Funds programmes within the project’s sub-theme “Energy and Sustainable transports”.


(LCMW) Relevance: Improving regional policies; motivate local and regional politicans to get more involved whith EU strategies on sustainability; waste to energy

GRass as a GReen Gas Resource: Energy from landscapes by promoting the use of grass residues as a renewable energy resource (GR3)  

The project aims to increase the use of grass and other herbaceous residues from landscape management as a resource for biogas production. The availability of different grass residue flows within the participating regions was analyzed and mapped. This allowed the identification of the most productive locations for grass residues suitable (in terms of volumes and quality) for biogas production. This identification of productive locations was joined together with other reports in order to create match-makings between local grass residue producers and biogas plants. These served as the basis for the development of business plans for a value chain between producers and biogas plants, along with joint declarations of intent to invest in such a value chain, and the establishment of supply contracts. For this purpose workshops and meetings were organized to inform the stakeholders.


(LCMW) Relevance: Biogas production from grass

Heating and Power Plan Aubrugg 

In the city Zürich a heating plant run with oil was closed down and a replacement was needed. The HPP Aubrugg compensated the full production of the old site with regional and renewable energy. Before the HPP Aubrugg was build, the waste incinerator plant Hagenholz with a long-distance heating grid already existed at today´s location. The new plant could profit of the already existing infrastructure and join the grid.


(LCMW) Relevance: Wood chips from forests and landscape maintenance work (< 10%)

Heating Power Plant Rieste 

The Bayernfonds BestEnergy 1 GmbH & Co. KG has six power plants in Germany, all build the same. The plants all generate heat and power with LCMW biomass coming from neighbouring parks.


(LCMW) Relevance: Woody biomass from LCMW and some forest woof of forest not used for productive aims (natural parks)

Heating with hedges 

A governance mechanism for the maintenance of hedges on a cultivated area: ca. 170 km of hedges were maintained in the Münsterland in 2011/2012; 30 municipal customers; 140 private customers; 25 participating forestry contractor companies; ca. 30 600 m3 of poured (m3p ) wood chips harvested; heating performance ca 24 800 MWh; compared to heating oil saved 7680 tonns CO2; additional 60 km of hedges in the season 2012/2013 . Hedges were used for heating purposes.


(LCMW) Relevance: Use of landscape mainenance biomass for heating purposes

Hot Water boiler Plant fired with Wood Residues supply with hot water six public buildings 

The association between Municipality of APRILZI, Municipality of SUFLY /Greece/ and FURTH and KAUTZEB /Austria/ own a hot water boiler plant in APRILZI (Central Bulgaria) that will supply with hot water six public buildings. The boiler has a capacity of 400 KW and is designed to use wood residues. The plant was to be completed in September 2002. The total cost of the project was 320590 EUR including 240542 EUR subvention by PHARE Programme (BIODIST No: 00-00420-00).


(LCMW) Relevance: District heating fueled with wood residues

Hungarian Compost Association 

Hungarian Compost Association was found in 1999 at the Agricultural University in Gödöllo. Their activities are primarily: developing a good working relationship between compost producers, authorities, decision makers and associations of biological waste treatment; organization of compost seminars and workshops; collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Water by completing a Hungarian Waste Draft; bio waste regulation and bio waste strategy ; building up the compost quality systém. Hungarian Compost Association has 57 members, 90% of the composting plants in Hungary.


(LCMW) Relevance: Composting of green residues from private gardens combined with acceptance good practices

IbeKET – Innovatives bedarfsangepasstes Kommunal-Energieträger-Konzept 

Within the scope of the IbeKET project, five project partners have joined forces to investigate the use of biomass such as foliage, green cuttings and material from water maintenance for energy use. The focus was on the development of a regionally transferable concept for thermal and thermochemical utilization as well as the demand-oriented and decentralized application of such materials. The concept development was based on a practical application and the interlinking of individual technologies of participating partners.


(LCMW) Relevance: Grassy biomass, treatment

Leaf-fall into briquettes 

The story: First, the energy use of trimming residues from hedges and small wood for the city of Ibbenbüren was introduced (drying, fractionation, direct combustion of the rough fraction, briquetting of the fine fraction). Then, the idea of an extension of this concept and energy utilization of unused leaf-fall, which is a very problematic material occurred. The initiator of the activity developed a procedure for briquetting of the leaf-fall. Because it was an innovative procedure and he himself is rather unconventional, his work was not always accepted with understanding. He decided to organise an open-door day of the facility and invited the citizens and the local press. At that day, the delivery of leaf-fall was cost-free. The work process of the facility was demonstrated from the processing to the heat production, which the visitors could directly experience. It is aimed to introduce the free delivery for local citizens in the future.


(LCMW) Relevance: Conversion of LCMW biomass from public and private areas

MULLE - Das Landschaftsenergie Projekt 

www.mulle.lpv.de is Germany’s first internet portal for the energetic use (electricity & heat) of landscape maintenance material. The German Association for Landscape Maintenance (DVL) gives examples and provides professional information about the use of biomass from landscape maintenance. The further use of the biomass helps to reduce the costs involved in landscape maintenance generates energy and, hence, supports nature conservation. The project “MULLE” (Multiplication of solutions of landscape-maintenenance energy) tries to enforce these aspects. The project is funded by the German Ministry for food and agriculture via the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).


(LCMW) Relevance: Portal for the energetic use (electricity & heat) of landscape maintenance material.

Municipal district heating in Causapscal 

District heating project involves all potential clients in an average rural municipality. The district heating will provide heat to municipal and religious buidings, and schools (7 buildings in total). Biomass can be supplied within a short transport distance decreasing in consequence the greenhouse gases emissions.


(LCMW) Relevance: Availability of biomass turned into district heating

RES-biomass utilisation in District Heating, Bansko, Blagoevgrad Region, Bulgaria 

Construction of a heating station together with heat transmission network, biomass (wood waste) fueled for production of hot water (115/70ºC) for space heating and domestic hot water preparation for industrial sites, administrative and dwelling buildings, hotels.


(LCMW) Relevance: Heat production from wastes saving scarce fossil fuels

Smolyan: Biomass fuelled district heating station 

Reconstruction and modernisation of the District Heating (DH) station (fuel switch from heavy fuel oil to biomass and consequently installation of a CHP unit to generate electricity and heat for better efficiency) with the aim to achieving energy and cost savings by fuel switch from expensive heavy fuel oil to local biomass, replacement of individual electricity and coal space heating of Smolyan residential buildings, increasing comfort for the citizens and reduction of GHG emissions. This sustainable energy action is considered an important part of the municipal RE/EE policy and is expected to significantly contribute to CoM obligations as well as to the local socio-economic development.
The DH station has currently a pipe-line network and heavy fuel oil boilers for supply of municipal buildings and tertiary sector private dwellings with heat; nevertheless due to the big increase of heavy fuel prices in the recent years, the station stopped operating. Before ceasing operation, it consumed about 630 t/year of heavy fuel oil and 1.230 t/year coal and 3.550 MWh/year electricity were additionally consumed for space heating by the tertiary sector (hotels, offices and private dwellings) that are now planned to be supplied by the new biomass fuelled DH station. The first major component of the project is to switch the fuel base of DH station in Smolyan from currently used heavy fuel oil to waste biomass (Component 1). The station currently supplies nine municipal buildings and has the capacity to connect more users who have expressed interest. In order to increase network efficiency the project envisages also partial reconstruction of heat distribution network as well as measures for EE in connected buildings.


(LCMW) Relevance: Biomass wastes (barks and branches) from wood logging and saw-dust from wood processing used for energy generation