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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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Info Day Energy Crops for EnergyOn December 12, 2017, the Information Day "Use of underutilized land for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production – additional income to farmers" was held. Representatives of agrarian companies and farmers, as well as representatives of municipalities, came to the event among more than 80 participants from all over Ukraine. The event was opened by the Head of the State Department of Energy Efficiency of Ukraine Serhiy Savchuk, who spoke about state support for the development of bioenergy as one of the main renewable energy sources in Ukraine, especially for replacing natural gas.

 

In particular, Ukraine currently provides support in the form of a "green" tariff for electricity production from RES and for the 10 months of 2017 new facilities with a total installed capacity of 39 MW in biomass and 34 MW in biogas have been introduced by this tariff. According to Sergiy Savchuk, currently about 4 thousand hectares are currently planted with perennial energy crops, which is still less than in Denmark (10 thousand hectares), Poland (13 thousand hectares), Italy (57 thousand hectares) and others. The total area under power crops in EU countries is 140 thousand hectares. Ukraine has the potential of about 4 million hectares of land, which, provided they grow energy crops, have the potential to replace about 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas equal to 2/3 of the gas needs of Ukraine.

Chairman of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha spoke about the rapid pace of bioenergy development, as well as the 11% target set in the new Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035 in terms of biomass in the overall primary energy supply structure. Also, Georgii Geletukha noted that the achievement of this goal is impossible without the involvement of agricultural biomass and energy crops. The head of the UABio also announced the existing barriers that slow down the development of the bioenergy sector today and the ways of their solution, among which the first priority is the creation of a biofuels exchange, based on the example of the Lithuanian stock exchange BALTPOOL. The development of the necessary legislative framework for the creation of such a stock exchange is currently underway by the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. The registration of the corresponding draft law is scheduled for December 2017.

InfoDay FORBIO in Kiev

PRESENTATIONS OF SPEAKERS (in ukrainian):

Sergiy Savchuk, Head of State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine - "State support to bioenergy development in Ukraine"
Georgii Geletukha, Head of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine - "Status, prospects and analysis of the barriers to bioenergy development in Ukraine. Prospects for the creation of an electronic platform for biofuels trading"
Alex Savin, Bank Ukrgasbank - "Financing of biomass ecological projects by UkrGasBank"
Volodymyr Kramar, Scientific-Technical Center "Biomass" - "Perspectives of the use of agrarian biomass for energy production in Ukraine"
Tetyana Zhelezna, Scientific-Technical Center "Biomass" LLC - Project FORBIO of the EU Program Horizon 2020 "Opportunities for using less productive land in Europe to grow sustainable bioenergy raw materials for the production of biofuels of the 2nd generation"
Oleksandra Tryboi, LLC Scientific-Technical Center "Biomass" - "Results of the feasibility study on the cultivation of energy crops. Project FORBIO of the EU Horizont 2020 program"
Oleksandr Ganzhenko, Institute of Bioenergy Crops and Sugar Beet of NAAS of Ukraine - "Continuous cultivation of biomass in marginal lands in Europe" SEEMLA project EU program Horizon 2020"
Irina Gnap, LLC "Salix Energy" - "Results of the company for growing energy willow in the Volyn region"
Sevastyan Trushevsky, LLC "Ukragroenergo" - "Results of the company to grow energy willow in the Kiev region"
Alexander Kucheruk, Energo Agrar LLC - "Plantation of Miscanthus - insurance policy of agrarian industry"

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