So far, the energy crop growing sector in Ukraine is in its infancy, with almost 4,000 hectares of marginal land planted with energy crops. For the most part it is energy willow, poplar and miscanthus, which yield an average annual yield of 20 t/ha.

Potentially energy crops in the country can replace about 20 billion m³ of natural gas, or two thirds of the country's gas needs.

In Article:
- About energy crops and bioenergy potential of Ukraine
- Six successful examples of bioenergy facilities in Ukraine

Read full article "Bioenergy as a chance to replace 2/3 of Ukraine's gas needs: is the mission possible?" from the magazine "Ecology of the enterprise" (in Ukrainian)

Contributed to the preparation of materials:
Georgii Geletukha, Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine
Vyacheslav Antonenko, expert of the UNDP project "Development and commercialization of bioenergy technologies in the municipal sector in Ukraine"


For information:
On March 20-21, 2019, within the framework of the UNDP project, a two-day study tour on seven bioenergy facilities in Kyiv, Cherkassy and Zhytomyr Region was held:
- More about the trip
- Video "Seven bioenergy facilities in Ukraine within the framework of UNDP project study visit"

Sergiy Shpak, Director of Ecodevelop, spoke about the experience of building modern biogas plants and the company’s development.

When did the company start to deal with bioenergy projects and in what direction is the development going now?

The first pilot project of the biogas station (BGS) was implemented by Ecodevelop 2 years ago. Then we acted as a customer of the project in the village of Bziv, Kyiv region. In the process of implementing our own biogas station, we have gained invaluable experience that helps us in the construction of modern biogas stations. 

Today, in addition to operating the Bziv station and bringing it to the planned capacity, as well as upgrading it to increase efficiency, the company is engaged in designing several bioenergy facilities with a capacity of 1.5 MW each for one of the leaders of the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine – Gals Agro.

What are the benefits for the project participants in the construction of BGS?

It is beneficial to each participant. In particular:
Benefits for farmers: 24/7 energy self-sufficience, business diversification and additional profit, reduction of production costs due to savings on energy carriers, increased product competitiveness, status and certification of organic and eco-products for export to EU countries along with value added, increased yields by 30% due to organic fertilizers, which are produced after recycling.
Business benefits: investment projects with a payback period of 3-6 years, environmental investment and social responsibility, a dynamic business in the renewable energy sector, as well as guaranteed export of agro-waste products to Europe.
Benefits for communities: creating business entities, filling the local budget with taxes, developing a rural community, solving environmental issues (clean ground, water, air) and the possibility of creating an independent heating system.
Benefits for local authorities: integrated development of the region due to the attraction of “green” investments, the possibility of using biomethane as a fuel for public transport (13 million cars in the world are fueled by biogas), the possibility of creating an energy cooperative.

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Fig. 1 MSW Landfill №5 Fig. 2 Heavy machinery (compactors) used to effectively seal the waste layer

On May 11, representatives of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, as part of a large group of environmentalists working on improving the solid household waste management system, visited the municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill №5 near to the Pidhirtsi village.

MSW Landfill №5 is the largest storage facility for municipal solid waste in Ukraine. This is an engineering building with an area of 65 hectares, built in 1986. For 33 years 15 million tons of solid waste or about 10 tons of waste for one Kyiv citizen have been accumulated there.

MSW Landfill №5 has a lot of similarity with the sanitary polygons of developed countries:

  • use of Heavy machinery (compactors) for effective sealing the waste layer (Fig. 2)
  • covering part of the waste with a temporary layer of soil (seen in the background in Fig. 3)
  • flandfill gas collection for power generation (Fig. 4)
  • prevention of contaminated water (filtrate) (Fig. 4) enters the underground horizons, including cleaning this water in installations (Fig. 5). The quantity of such installations is planning to be increased.
  • fencing dams (Fig. 6) which are constantly strengthening – placed along the perimeter of the test site.
  • weight control of MSW at the landfill entrance (Fig. 3)

The listed measures allow reducing the negative waste impacts on the environment.

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Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (UABio) appealed to the acting Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety Dombrovsky O.G., Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Construction, Urban Planning and Housing and Communal Services Skuratovskyi S.I., Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Zubko G.G. and Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Savchuk S.D.

In the letter UABio presented its proposals and comments to the draft Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" regarding the improvement of the mechanism for the formation and establishment of tariffs for heat energy, including those produced using alternative energy sources", which was registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, No. 10242 dated April 23, 2019, and urged the support and introduction of appropriate amendments to the draft law between the first and second reading.

UABio position is carefully prepared, discussed and agreed by the UABio members, which generate more than 50% of all thermal energy from the RES in district heating systems of Ukraine.

Full letter with proposals, comments and comparative table on Amendments to the Draft Law of Ukraine No. 10242 on improvement of the mechanism for formation and establishment of tariffs for thermal energy (in Ukrainian)

New Infographics on Biogas Projects in Ukraine from Platform SAF Ukraine.

Biogas projects in Ukraine are developing rapidly. As of the beginning of 2019, there were only 18 projects, 12 of which were authorized to use the "green" tariff (as of 01.01.2019). The total installed capacity of the projects at the end of 2018 amounted to 27.3 MW of electricity (the capacity of individual projects ranges from 0.125 to 5.7 MW). In the near future, at least doubling of electricity capacities from biogas complexes is expected.

Full Infographics "Biogas projects in Ukraine in 2017-2018"

Platform SAF Ukraine works within the framework of the EBRD program FINTECC  to support the sustainable development of agribusiness in Ukraine.

We are pleased to announce that a new member of UABio has joined us - Roman Semyanchuk!

Roman Semyanchuk is the director of logistics company "T.R.I.A.D.A", which deals with national and international freight transport by road.

The team of CU "Bioenergy Association of Ukraine" is grateful for the support!

We continue to create a common platform for cooperation on bioenergy market of Ukraine, ensuring the most favorable business conditions for accelerated and sustainable bioenergy development.

We invite you to join UABio and receive a free registration for the 15th International Conference "Biomass for Energy 2019" , September 24-25, 2019 in Kyiv.

On April 23, 2019 seminar "Tax and Customs Issues for the Implementation of Renewable Energy Projects" was held in Kyiv. The seminar was organized by Sayenko Kharenko Law Company. The partners of the event were the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine and Ukrainian Wind Energy Association.

The event was attended by about 50 participants, including representatives of profile associations, equipment suppliers for renewable energy (RE) projects, representatives of energy companies and the State fiscal service of Ukraine. The issues of customs clearance of equipment during the implementation of RE projects, features of product classification, financing of RES projects and taxation of interest payments, as well as the issue of VAT refunds were considered.

The speakers were:

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Ivan Traksler, director of MHP Eco Energy and the first in Ukraine 5.7 MW biogas complex in his speech at the IV Seminar of Sustainable Agribusiness Forum (SAF Ukraine) described the main points that need to be moved so that the biogas complex was successful and worked on design capacity.

According to him, in order to correctly construct and start the biogas complex (BC) from the idea to the result it is necessary to fulfill a number of prerequisites, namely: to design and construct the BC, adhering to all requirements concerning the quality of materials, insulation and technological equipment; to correctly organize the process of start-up and adjustment of the first biogas; to get the biogas to the proper quality before submission to the cogeneration unit; to bring the cogeneration unit to the design capacity and to control the main parameters of the stable functioning of the biogas complex on a daily basis.

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On April 23, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine took part in a seminar on financial and organizational issues within the Seminar in the framework of the project "Improving the efficiency of district heating systems in Central and Eastern Europe" in Kyiv, Ukraine. The seminar on organizational and managerial issues attracted about 20 representatives of state institutions, associations and local self-government bodies.

Georgii Geletukha, Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine presented the vision of the association: "How to maintain and develop district heating in Ukraine?" and "The Draft Law on the Implementation of Competition in the District Heating System of Ukraine", noting that:

"If negative trends in the DH sector of Ukraine continue in the future, we will be completely left without DH systems, and at the same time without heat supply facilities at competitive prices and in an environmentally safe way!" ... "We see the only strategic way for saving DH systems - they have to generate heat significantly (by 20-40%) cheaper than individual heat supply systems on gas!"

In the presentation of Georgii Geletukha (see below), the issues discussed are:

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The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) is a global network of climate and clean energy financing experts, that aims to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs developing climate and clean energy projects and private sector investors.

PFAN achieves this by:

  • providing free business coaching to projects,
  • increasing the chances of attracting investment; and
    growing its investor outreach.

PFAN hosting structure:

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) 
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

PFAN goals are to build clean energy markets one business at a time, mitigate climate change and mobilise private investment in support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Main services PFAN can offer for project developers:

  • Investment readiness assessment
  • Development and optimization of business model and financing structure
  • Assistance in preparation and final improvement of project documents (business plan, financial model, feasibility study, etc.).
  • Identification of potential investors and financiers
  • Introduction to investors at support of PFAN investment facilitation team
  • Investment facilitation: structuring and negotiating contracts with investors to receive funding.
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