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Video: Bioenergy Europe about agricultural biomass: Miscanthus

Bioenergy Europe's third video of a series of four dedicated to bioenergy feedstock coming from agriculture, both perennial energy crops and agricultural residues. In this video Bioenergy Europe focuses on the potential of miscanthus as a perennial dedicated energy crop. Thanks to this crop's unique characteristics, miscanthus can be grown on degraded land and can mitigate soil erosion. These environmental benefits, and the little maintenance required (no fertilizers needed and harvest once a year) makes of miscanthus a fascinating crop deserving more attention and investment. About agrobiomass: with around 20% of the bioenergy feedstock coming from agriculture, both dedicated energy crops and...

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Video: Bioenergy Europe about agricultural biomass: Short Rotation Coppice Willow

Bioenergy Europe's third video of a series of four dedicated to bioenergy feedstock coming from agriculture, both perennial energy crops and agricultural residues. In this video we focus on Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) willow highlighting its potential in terms of utilization thanks to its energy characteristics and its specification that allow this plantation to positively contribute to environment and job creation.  About agrobiomass: with around 20% of the bioenergy feedstock coming from agriculture, both dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues can be utilised to produce heat, electricity and biofuels. Agricultural biomass represents an important and sustainable energy source although its potential remains...

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Video: Extractions of forest residues in Sweden

We share the experience of Sweden, where branches and tree tops are converted into energy. Forests are thinned, not destroyed. The ashes left after burning are returned to the felling site to return all nutrients to the soil. Forest dwellers do not lose their homes.

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Take part in the online survey about the renewable gases market in Ukraine of the REGATRACE project

You are kindly invited to participate to the online survey of the REGATRACE project, where Bioenergy Association of Ukraine is a partner. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes. What is the REGATRACE project? REGATRACE is an Innovation Action co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme. REGATRACE aims creating an efficient trade system based on issuing and trading biomethane/renewable gases Guarantees of Origin (GoO). This objective will be achieved through the following founding pillars: European biomethane/renewable gases GoO system Set-up of national GoO issuing bodies - Integration of GoO from different renewable gas technologies with electric and...

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Bioenergy Day: event summary, November 6, 2019

XII International trade fair “Energy efficiency. Renewable energy” was held on November 6 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. The Bioenergy Association also participated in the exhibition as an organizer of the All-Ukrainian Forum “Bioenergy Day”. Organizers of the event: Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Global 100RE Ukraine. During the meeting participants were discussing such important topics as experience of bioenergy development in Ukraine and legislation and bioenergy technologies. This event became a communication platform for the industry's most qualified experts. Very important that participation was free for all visitors of Exhibition. “We fully understand the importance of creating such open and accessible expert’s...

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Articles of members

Corn residues storage costs

The corn stover should be stored under the conditions of keeping its normal amount of moisture against rain and soaking from the ground, avoiding decay and ensuring protection against fire. The selection of a storage type will depend on location and local conditions. The corn stover can be stored in open storage, tarped storage, permanent structure storage or anaerobic storage[1]. Several factors should be considered when selecting appropriate storage systems: feedstock stability during storage, cost of storage infrastructure, accessibility of feedstock during the entire storage duration, integration of storage platform with processing plant. The storage of biomass in permanent structures offers...

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Cost of equipment and operations related to harvesting of corn residues

The economic feasibility of corn residues harvesting depends on capital (key element) and operating costs. Capital expenditure is the cost of purchasing equipment. Operating costs are the costs of fuel, amortization, maintenance and repair, materials and labor.  Operating costs considerably depends on machinery productivity and the distance of transportation of bales from the field to the central storage facility. According to the corn stover harvesting cost estimation results, the net cost of collected biomass on the storage facility can be from 22.3 EUR/t d.m. Following storage and densification in briquettes or pellets will increase the added value of the corn stovers. Prepared by:...

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Corn harvesting technologies: in rolls and crushed form

In addition to the technologies for harvesting corn residues in bales described in the previous article, this biomass can be also: pressed into rolls using a roll baler instead of a baler of rectangular bales; collected in a crushed form as a mixture of different fractions of plant residues; collected in a crushed form in a separate fraction of plant residues, such as rods. Prepared by: Semen Drahniev – Member of the Expert Council of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine for the platform of sustainable agribusiness SAF Ukraine. Technologies for harvesting corn and corn residues (in bales). Semen Drahniev. The platform of sustainable agribusiness SAF Ukraine. October 15th, 2019. The Bioenergy...

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Technologies for harvesting corn and corn residues (in bales)

There are several technological schemes for harvesting grain corn. Currently, the main method for harvesting commercial corn is combine threshing of ears in the field, shredding and spreading of the cut biomass with the use of combine harvesters equipped with corn reapers. This method of harvesting grain corn is the most economically feasible. In comparison with harvesting ears, the method provides 1.8-2 times decrease in labor costs and 20-25% reduction in fuel consumption[2]. Only a few agricultural enterprises (seed factories) collect corn as non-threshed ears with the following stationary threshing, which makes it possible to collect cobs. The seed factories...

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UABio proposals to Ukrainian Energy Strategy till 2035The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine has prepared a number of proposals for the Energy Strategy of Ukraine (ESU) by 2035 regarding the necessary measures for the implementation of the tasks defined in the ESU. Proposals were sent to the State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine for the following submission to the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, which is in compliance with the requirements of paragraph 2. Government Order dated August 18, 2017, No. 605 prepares a draft plan of measures for the implementation of the Energy Strategy of Ukraine for the period up to 2035.

 

Tasks defined in the ESU-2035 Content of the event Information on the coordination (conformity) of the measure with the adopted normative legal acts of Ukraine and the international obligations entered into The term of execution Indicator of performance Responsible for implementation
RES development. Promoting the creation of competitive biomass markets Establishment of biofuels stock exchange The need to amend the Law of Ukraine "On alternative fuels" and the adoption of subordinate regulations 2019 The establishment and launch of biofuels stock exchange
RES development. Use of local fuels and renewable energy sources Obligation on state and municipal enterprises to sell and purchase a certain percentage of biofuels on the stock exchange of biofuels The need to amend the Law of Ukraine "On Alternative Fuels" and the Law of Ukraine "On Public Procurement". 2019 Compliance with the established obligation of the enterprise Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
RES development. Use of local fuels and renewable energy sources Introduction of mandatory plans for permanent forest users regarding logging and wood chips production, which are in accordance with the provisions of the ECU The need for the adoption of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine 2018 The need for the adoption of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine

RES development. Use of local fuels and renewable energy sources

 

The introduction of logging of quarrying residues, as well as the obligation for permanent forest users to export 80% of quarrying residues to the nearest roads for the purpose of producing solid biofuels and to prohibit the combustion of quarrying residues Amendments to the Forest Code of Ukraine. 2018 Entry into force of amendments to the Forest Code of Ukraine

 

RES development Introduction of the transfer of funds for heat producers with RES; the introduction of a ceiling on the transfer of funds that the heat supplier is guaranteed to receive, the cost of purchasing fuel for the production of heat from the RES. Need to amend the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine №217 dated June 18, 2014. 2018 The entry into force of the amendments to the CMU Resolution No. 217 dated June 18, 2014 Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Мinistry for Regional Development, Building and Housing of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
Implementation of targeted monetization of subsidies to the end user Monetization of household subsidies The need for the adoption of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. 2018 Entry into force by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
RES development. Increasing the share of RES in final consumption to 11% by stimulating the development of RES Introduction of different levels of green tariff for electricity produced from biogas and biomass, depending on the plant's capacity. Need to amend the Law of Ukraine "On Alternative Energy Sources". 2018 Entry into force of the Law "On Amendments to the Law" On Alternative Energy Sources ", receiving Green Tariffs by Economic Entities Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
RES development. Increasing the share of RES in final consumption to 11% by stimulating the development of RES The introduction of an increased green tariff for electricity generated from biogas and biomass, subject to useful use of more than 60% of the generated heat. Need to amend the Law of Ukraine "On Alternative Energy Sources". 2018 Entry into force of the Law "On Amendments to the Law" On Alternative Energy Sources ", receiving Green Tariffs by Economic Entities Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
RES development Implementation of sustainability criteria for liquid fuels from biomass and biogas intended for use in transport and the obligation to add biocomponents to gasoline or diesel fuel. The need to amend the Law of Ukraine "On Alternative Fuels" in order to bring the legislation of Ukraine in line with the requirements of Directive 200/28/EU. 2018 Entry into force of the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Development of the Sphere of Production of Liquid Biological Fuels" Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
RES development Placing objects of RES on land plots of all categories of land without changing their intended purpose. Need for amendments to the laws of Ukraine (Bill №2529а dated August 26, 2015). 2018 Entry into force with changes Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
RES development

Establishing the same payment for the non-standard connection of power generating units operating on RES to electric networks for all operators of distribution systems of Ukraine at the level not exceeding 50 Euro/kW (1500 UAH/kW).

Need to be taken into account in the draft Resolution "On Approval of the Methodology for the Formation of the Payment for Connection to the Transmission System and Distribution System". 2018 Entry into force by the Regulation The National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
Creating a Competitive Market for Thermal Energy The introduction of the competitive heat of heat energy (auctions for the purchase of heat energy from independent producers, mandatory financial unbundling). The need to amend the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" and related laws. Until 2020 р. Entry into force of the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law" On Heat Supply" Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
Creating conditions for open access of third parties to heating networks Introduction of a competitive heat energy market (facilitating the connection of independent heat energy producers to networks). The need to amend the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" and related laws. Until 2020 р. Entry into force of the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law" On Heat Supply" Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
The growth of the share of the energy sector, which uses biogas as energy Implementation of mechanisms to support production and consumption of biomethane (increased green tariff, a creation of a biomethane registry). It is necessary to adopt the Law of Ukraine "On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding Stimulation of the Production and Consumption of Biomethane". 2019 Introducing a raised green tariff and creating a biomethane registry Parliament of Ukraine, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
Reducing GHG emissions Introduction of a carbon tax. The need to amend the Tax Code of Ukraine and other laws of Ukraine. Until 2020 р. Starting a carbon tax Parliament of Ukraine, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
 
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