We are happy to announce the Program of the annual International conference "Biomass for Energy 2018" to be held on September 24-25, 2018, in Premier Palace Hotel in Kyiv, Ukraine!

This year program includes:

  • Panel discussion: “Problems and prospects of bioenergy development in Ukraine”
  • Section “Strategy and policy issues”
  • Section “Electricity generation and heat production from solid biomass”
  • Section “Strategy and policy issues”
  • Section “Biogas, biomethane”
  • Section “Use of MSW for heat and power production”
  • Section “Biomass resources and pre-treatment”
  • The ceremony of public presentation of CU “Global 100 RE Ukraine”

PROGRAM 2019

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Six experts of Bioenergy association of Ukraine participated in the TNA project.

Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) is a set of country-driven activities leading to the identification, prioritisation and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The TNA project is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and the UNEP DTU Partnership on behalf of the Global Environment Facility.

Project implementation period in Ukraine: 2018-2020
Project Coordinator in Ukraine: Department of Climate Change and Ozone Conservation of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
Coverage of the whole project: 70 countries
Duration of the whole project: 2005-2020
Budget: USD 20 million
The TNA project is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and the UNEP DTU Partnership on behalf of the Global Environment Facility.

Acknowledging the importance of technological change in reducing emissions and stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of GHGs, Technology Needs Assessments were directly referenced in the Paris Agreement and helping developing countries conduct effective Technology Needs Assessments and implement Technology Action Plans has become instrumental to the UNFCCC process.

Within the initial phase of the project, priority technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Ukraine in agriculture and waste management have been identified. According to the results of the evaluation, the most relevant technologies for use in Ukraine are:

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The final meeting of the consortium of the project "Take-off for sustainable supply of woody biomass from agrarian pruning and plantation removal (uP_running)" was held in Brussels on July 16-18, summarizing the results of almost four years of activities of 11 consortium companies from 7 European countries, including Ukraine.

The aim of the uP_running project, which has been active in Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, France, and Portugal, was to unlock the strong potential of woody biomass residues produced by agrarian pruning and plantation removals and to promote its sustainable use as energy feedstock.

The main developments of the uP_running project are as follows.

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Sources of forest wood biomass available for energy production:

  • fuel wood;
  • woodworking residues;
  • unmerchantable wood;
  • logging residues.

The forested biomass potential, which is accounted for and theoretically available for energy production is 64-80% of the volume of logging. Currently unaccounted forest residues are estimated by the experts of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine to be an additional + 14% of the volume of logging. This is wood residues (mainly branches and wood chips) that were generated during logging and was left in the forest.

The area of ​​logging in Ukraine in recent years is about 400 thousand hectares and the volume of harvesting – up to 22 million m3 of wood per year. In 2018, the amount of harvested wood in Ukraine amounted to 22.5 million m3 (by types of forest products: Roundwood for business – 8.98 million m3, wood fuel – 10.72 million m3, the remaining 2.83 million m3 – unmerchantable wood). Thus, accounts theoretically available potential of forest biomass ranges from 14.4 to 18.0 million m3/year. And the total theoretically available potential of forest biomass (both calculated and unaccounted) ranges from 17.6 to 21.2 million m3/year.

Source: State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Main indicators of forestry activity (1990-2017) http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/
State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Timber harvesting by forest products (2010-2018)
State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Sales of forest products within Ukraine by types in 2018

Infographics: when 30 pages of UABio Analytics is just too much :-)

Dear future participants of the International Conference "BIOMASS for ENERGY 2019"!

We are pleased to announce that due to the support of the conference by the UNDP project “Development and Commercialization of Bioenergy Technologies in the Municipal Sector in Ukraine”, this year’s venue will be changed.

New Venue: Premier Palace Hotel - the only hotel in Kiev with more than a century-old history. We hope that holding a conference in the new, modern and comfortable halls of the hotel, located in the heart of the cultural and business life of Kiev, will help to raise its status, and its participants to establish cooperation with key players in the Ukrainian and global sectors of bioenergy.

You can find all information on participation in the 15th International Conference on Biomass Energy from the website: https://uabioconf.org/en/

The non-governmental organization Openeurope and the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (USPP) have released an informational video for Ukrainian businesses about the prospects of using biomass, its economic benefits and forecasting investments in this field in the coming years.

Experts: Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha, Advisor to the Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency Konstantin Gura, representatives of the Institute of Gas of the NAS of Ukraine Konstantin Piany and Yevgeny Nikitin are convinced that the biomass market in Ukraine will develop rapidly. By 2035, the latter will replace 11% of the energy consumed. In this case, the return on investment in this area in Ukraine - perhaps the best in the world: from 2-3 to 7 years. Details – in the video:

According to the materials of the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

The prospects for balancing capacity were discussed at the round table "Investment attractiveness of RES balancing in Ukraine" on July 23, 2019.

Key points:

  • New balancing capacities will be competitively selected in accordance with the procedure developed by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry (will be available on the website of the Ministry of Energy and Coal in the future); the winner is the one who is cheaper and meets the technical requirements for balancing in different balancing groups;
  • Ukrenergo: “500 MW of new natural gas balancing capacity should be in 2020”. ;
  • The views of WARTSILA, a manufacturer of high-maneuvered gas units based on gas piston engines: "Better to balance by a combination of different technologies: batteries, GPAs, steam and gas installations, and smart demand management systems".

What is the best to use for balancing the grid in Ukraine?

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The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, together with the associations that unite the leading producers of electricity from RES, have appealed to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky about the negative situation with the payment of purchased electricity from alternative sources at the "green" tariff.

The reason was the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv on the application to secure the claim of PJSC “Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant” to the National energy and utilities regulatory commission of Ukraine (NEURC) in the case No. 640/11330/19 on the recognition of illegal and the cancellation of a number of NEURC decisions. In particular, the decree of NEURC of June 7, 2019 No. 955 “On setting the tariff for electricity transmission services of SE“ NEC “UkRENERGO” for the second half of 2019” was suspended.

As a result, SE “UkrEnergo”, which makes payments to SE “Guaranteed Buyer” for purchased electricity from alternative sources at a “green” tariff, informed that such court decision makes it impossible for it to pay for services to increase the share of electricity production from alternative sources. That is, SE "UkRENERGO "can not pay the purchased electricity from alternative sources at "green tariff" from its producers, although this is guaranteed at the legislative level and in accordance with the concluded agreements.

Асоціації зазначають:

"2.5 billion euros have been invested in the renewable energy sector over the last 5 years. Most renewable energy facilities have been erected at the expense of credit from domestic or international financial institutions. Suspension or delay by the SE “Guaranteed Buyer” of payment for green electricity tariff will stop construction of new facilities and breach of obligations to financial institutions, which will significantly damage the investment attractiveness of Ukraine and freeze the development of the industry tion of energy, which will reduce the volume of foreign investments in Ukraine and slowing job creation for highly skilled workers in Ukraine".

At LLC Vinnytsia Poultry Farm, MHP Agroindustrial Holding is completing the construction of the first phase of a 12 MW biogas complex. After the complete commissioning of the biogas complex, LLC Vinnytsia Poultry Farm will be the most innovative and large-scale in Europe. The energy production of the complex meets high environmental standards. The first investment of the complex amounted to about 25 million euros. In the future, the capacity of the station is expected to increase to 24 MW. The use of organic fertilizers can be a very serious step forward for the development of organic farming in Ukraine. Details – in the video:

According to the Internet resource "Vinnytsia Ok". Read more here (in Ukrainian).

For reference: PJSC "MHP Eko Energy" from 2019 is a full member of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Details here.

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Ivan Traksler, director of MHP Eco Energy: "How to make biogas complex successful"
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The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine has become one of the 15 profile associations of Ukraine in the field of energy, metallurgy, agro-sector, water management, etc., which signed the Memorandum on cooperation in the field of ecology. The signing took place on July 12, 2019, during the briefing "Environmental manipulations: the price for Ukraine", conducted at the initiative of the Professional Association of Environmentalists of Ukraine.

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