UABio Expert at Bioenergy Summit and Exhibition in China

Expert of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Slava Antonenko attended the 6th Asia-Pacific Bioenergy Summit and Exhibition with a speech on Bioenergy Development Trends in Ukraine. The events took place on 15-18 August 2019 in Guangzhou, China. According to China’s 13th five-year plan, the biomass annual consumption will be equivalent to 58 Mtcoe by 2020. For comparison, the annual consumption of biomass in Ukraine in 2017 was 4.4 Mtcoe. Among other challenges, the speakers paid a great attention on agricultural biomass utilization such as straw, corn stalks, husks, etc which is also topical for Ukraine. At the same time, the Chinese industry has extensive experience of working...

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UABio participated in the TNA project: technology needs assessment in Ukraine. First report is published

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: 2018-2020Project 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 countriesDuration of the whole project: 2005-2020Budget: USD 20...

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! New Venue of the "Biomass for Energy 2019" Conference - Premier Palace Hotel

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...

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Prospects of Biomass market development in the EU and Ukraine. Interview with Georgii Geletukha for Openeurope and USPP

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...

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Enough balancing with coal. Round table "Investment attractiveness of RES balancing in Ukraine"

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...

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Articles of members

State of the art of corn production in the world and in Ukraine

Corn is the most high-yield crop, all the parts of which are widely used in different industries for many purposes, in particular: for food production; as feedstock in pharmaceutical, chemical and other branches of industry; as high-energy fodder that is suitable for all kinds of animals and birds; as raw material for the production of first and second-generation biofuels; as raw material for the production of biogas. Corn is a crop of high agro-technological value as it cleans soil of weeds and is a good precursor in the crop rotation. Judging by the absorption of carbon dioxide and release of oxygen, corn is one of the...

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Mechanisms for supporting biomethane production and consumption

The development of biomethane production is the result of political will and reliable, long-lasting financial support mechanisms and investment subsidies, as biomethane cannot compete with natural gas in today's market conditions. Many European countries have already established mechanisms to support biomethane.Different countries use different support mechanisms to develop biomethane technologies. These mechanisms operate at different points in the biomethane value chain. Germany and Sweden were the pioneers in this area. Germany actively used, from 2000 to 2014, a green tariff for electricity from biogas, additional bonuses for enriching biogas to the quality of natural gas and the use of energy crops...

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Economic prerequisites for the production and use of biomethane in electricity/heat production in Ukraine

Electricity produced from biomethane can already today be supplied to the grid at a “green” tariff of 0.1239 €/kWh (excluding VAT). However, the idea of ​​enriching biogas to biomethane is precisely the possibility of pumping it into the natural gas (NG) network. To create conditions for the use of biomethane from the NG network in the combined production of electricity and heat, it is necessary to create a national register of biomethane with the possibility of issuing certificates of origin, such as European certificates GoO (Guarantee of Origin). In the long term, with such a certificate, virtual trading of biomethane with EU...

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Agrarian biomass potential for energy sector: project options for enterprises

What is the potential of agro biomass, and what hinders the development of relevant projects in Ukraine?What agricultural biomass energy projects can be implemented now?What is the volume of investments and payback period for agro biomass energy production projects in Ukraine? Read article "Agrarian biomass potential for energy sector: project options for enterprises",Georgii Geletukha – Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Tetiana Zheliezna – Member of Auditing Committee of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Monthly Journal "Zhurnal Holovnoho Enerhetyka", 2019, №7 July, p.47-53 (in Ukrainian)

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There are about 4 million hectares of underutilized, marginal and contaminated agricultural lands in Ukraine. Traditional agriculture is not profitable for organizing on these lands. Most of these areas are suited very good for growing energy crops - willow, poplar, miscanthus, switchgrass and others. Their cultivation is actively developing in Europe: for farmers, it is a profitable business and land improvement, for local communities - it's additional income from land rent and job creation, for the country - energy independence and environmental improvement. It is projected that by 2020 the EU land available for cultivating energy crops will increase to 20.5 million hectares, and by 2030 - to 26.2 million hectares.

In Ukraine, the branch of growing energy crops is in its infancy, with about 4,000 hectares of marginal land planted with energy crops, mostly energy willow, , oplar and miscanthus, which average annual yield is 20 t/ha.

Bioenergy Association of Ukraine participated in UNDP study tour organized by UNDP Project "Development and Commercialization of Bioenergy Technologies in the Municipal Sector in Ukraine". This article source is an article from the newspaper Den': "30% of natural gas "grows" in the fields" (in Ukrainian).


Miscanthus is a long-term cereal crop that has been grown for many years in America and Western Europe as a source of bioenergy.

The experience of growing the miscanthus in Ukraine shows that, after two years of planting of rhizomes, it is possible to harvest 20-25 tons of dry mass per hectare per year for the next 20 years. The cost of dry biomass of miscanthus is on average 200-220 UAH/t.


Seedlings of energy willow (about 15 thousand for hectare) can now be purchased in Ukraine. The breeding material of Swedish breeding, which costs from 80 kopiykas to 1 hryvnia per piece, depending on the number of purchased plants, grows better on non-fertile soils, which is more resistant to diseases. The seedlings of Polish selection are much cheaper - 35 kopiykas per piece.

According to experts, in order to receive annually - within 25 years - an increase of 20 wet tons from an adult willow plantation, it is necessary to adhere strictly to certain elements of the technology of cultivating this culture.

Today, it's beneficial to grow energy willow in Ukraine near the place of processing and use it for the needs of its own production: for the heating of industrial premises, greenhouses, drying of products. In this case, the profitability of the vines will not be doubted. But the transport of energy raw materials to long distances significantly reduces the financial attractiveness of this business.

The minus of "chips" from energy willow is that it needs to be dried. The boilers which can work on biomass with a moisture content near 55% are still not much today.


Another energy crop that is in demand among Ukrainian entrepreneurs is the energy poplar. Poplar is a close relative of willow. In our climatic conditions among all other trees, the poplar itself grows fastest. She grows in similar conditions with the willow. For her growth, she needs a lot of moisture and light. Therefore, the largest yield of biomass will be in conditions close to those in the valleys of rivers.

Four cubic meters of wood replace 1000 cubic meters. m of gas. Such a biofuel will cost the state almost four times cheaper.

Poplar absorbs a large amount of carbon dioxide. Harmful emissions, compared with diesel fuel, will be reduced by 90%.

In industrial plantations, the dry weight of poplar biomass is 6-12 t/ha. Poplar plantations remain productive up to 15-20 years or more, and biomass can be collected every three to six years during this period.

Енергетичні плантації біомаси запобігають ерозії ґрунту, сприяють поліпшенню стану навколишнього середовища. А під час спалювання біомаси на електростанції в атмосферу викидається тільки той СО2, який було поглинуто рослиною під час зростання

Energy plantations of biomass prevent soil erosion, contribute to the improvement of the environment. And during combustion of biomass on the power plant the emitted into the atmosphere CO2 equals COabsorbed by the plant during growth.

All article from the newspaper Den': "30% of natural gas "grows" in the fields" (in Ukrainian).

More about the trip You can read here.
Video about all study tour bioenergy projects You can view here (in Ukrainian).

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