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Scientific Engineering Centre “Biomass”

We are greening the future!

A workshop and study tour on renewables’ solutions was held from 13th to 17th October 2014 for a delegation of 10 high-level Ukrainian stakeholders. The study tour, which was organized by the Austrian Energy Agency and co-financed by the CEI Know-How-Exchange Program and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, aimed to present and discuss successful renewable energy developments and solutions with a special focus on biomass. Participants of the study tour ranged from high-level representatives of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, the Scientific Engineering Center “Biomass”, the Renewable Energy Agency and of the UNIDO project team in Ukraine.

The Situation of Biomass in Ukraine

Due to the current political situation in Ukraine, support for renewable energy sources is strong and biomass-based heating systems may be an attractive alternative to substitute for natural gas supplies. Given the available economic biomass energy potential in Ukraine (roughly 27.7 mtce/a according to 2013 figures, or about 15% of primary energy consumption), the current share of biomass in gross final energy consumption (GFEC) of Ukraine (1.8 % in 2011) could be substantially raised. With a 10% share in GFEC by 2030, biomass could substitute natural gas with a volume of up to 7.5 bln m³/a. The Ukrainian National Renewable Energy Action Plan has recently been adopted, which further adds to a positive outlook for biomass and other renewable energy sources in the near future.

Programme of the Study Tour

After an introductory round with all participants and involved institutions, representatives of the Austrian Energy Agency gave an overview of the agency’s activities, the Austrian energy system and the situation of renewables.
The presentations held during the study tour covered a broad range of topics to give the most comprehensive view possible. These included biomass, bioenergy in the EU framework for 2020 and 2050, the implementation of the Renewable Energy Sources Directive 2009/28/EC, the work of renewable energy associations and support for biogas as a substitute for natural gas, as well as financing options. Mr. Georgiy Geletukha, head of the board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, also introduced all participants and the Austrian organisers to the biomass situation in Ukraine. Next to this theoretical part, excursions were organized to the  Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, to the “Wien Energie Haus”, a showroom for renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions, to a small scale hydropower plant in the drinking-water-supply-system of Vienna, and to two biomass (woodchips, straw) heating plants in Lower Austria.
Participants highly appreciated the expert know-how and experience exchange, and thanked the Austrian Energy Agency for the successful and highly instructive study tour.

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