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.
– Disseminate knowledge and experiences related to the potential of PRCs as a source of sustainable energy, high efficiency and low cost for district heating.
– Connect the main actors through an online platform to guarantee a long-term exchange of information and favor the implementation of local initiatives.
– Develop a comprehensive dissemination and training strategy focused on promoting good practices and fostering the creation of working groups.
– Identify and address the technical and non-technical barriers that hinder the use of CRPs as an alternative source of energy.
– Establish other dissemination and promotion activities during and after the end of the project to maintain and strengthen the information channels created within and outside of it.
– Open new markets for renewable energy sources and guarantee their continuous supply.
– Development of training and dissemination strategies, including the organization of 2 training workshops and 2 seminars in each country for different types of audiences. The training workshops registered a total of 989 participants, while the seminars registered 293 attendees.
– Dissemination and awareness campaign aimed at possible end users and relevant actors with which approximately 52,000 people have been reached.
– Creation of energy clusters to establish close collaboration between the PRCs and district heating sectors. These are functional structures that established medium and short-term plans including agreements, action plans, meetings, etc.
– New actions in the countries of the consortium, such as research projects, collaborations or dissemination activities.
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€)