Today, alternative energy sources with sufficient potential to replace fossil fuels are urgently required. Among all available renewable energy sources, bioenergy is considered the most promising renewable, sustainable and safe source in Europe. Given that heating systems are responsible for the greatest energy consumption in Central and Eastern Europe, the replacement of fossil fuels with biomass as an energy source would mean a very significant reduction in emissions in these countries, which would greatly contribute to compliance with the EU’s objectives in this matter. However, this renewable energy produced from biomass is not being used or exploited properly.
In this way, the BIO-HEAT project proposed and promoted a reliable solution for the replacement of fossil fuels with a sustainable and safe alternative for district heating systems, specifically biomass from Short Rotation Plantations (SRPs). The project focused on Central and Eastern Europe, specifically the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Slovakia and Lithuania.
BIO-HEAT HAS REACHED APPROXIMATELY 52,000 PEOPLE THROUGH DISSEMINATION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
In this way, it was intended to show potential end users (professionals in the sector, municipal energy suppliers, farmers, etc.) and other interested parties (local and/or legislative authorities) the advantages of using biomass from CRPs as energy source and its potential applicability in district heating systems. It was also intended to support the creation of working groups, encompassing professionals from the PRCs to those related to district heating systems.
Financing program: Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE), Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
Contract nº: IEE/09/890/SI2.558326
Duration: September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2012 (24 months)
Budget: 776.256€ (AECI : 582.192€)