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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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.

The biogas market in Ukraine in comparison with the European one is only taking the very first steps. Therefore, most projects are created again. Whose experience do you learn from?

Yes it is. This is why our specialists have visited many European countries over the past few years, getting into the market of modern technologies and monitoring the global industry leaders. And two years ago, Ecodevelop signed an agreement with the general partner – German engineering company Krieg & Fischer Ingenieure GmbH. The history of this company began in 1999, on its account the implementation of more than 150 projects of biogas stations in 21 countries of the world. This company is internationally recognized and specializes in the development of biogas station technologies, design and engineering support of projects. Its feature is the status of an accredited technical expert of the EBRD, as well as an independent expert in the arbitral tribunal in Germany. This makes it possible to solve any problems in complex: between investors, contractors, customers, agricultural enterprises and insurance agencies. That is why we in Ukraine also chose the format of engineering, which gives us the opportunity to be flexible in the selection of equipment and pricing. At the same time, we are not tied to one supplier and general contractor. As a result, we can offer our customers a variety of technical solutions with a flexible budget for solving a wide variety of tasks.

In which direction are you planning the further development of Ecodevelop?

In several directions in parallel. For example, a several facilities for processing household waste are at the stage of business plans in Kyiv and Vinnytsa now. In these projects we are working on a comprehensive program, which includes sorting with further processing of organics and all other elements of household waste. These large-scale projects will allow both processing waste completely and making money on energy resources, as well as solving environmental problems.
Another unique area is the processing of food waste by a 6 MW biogas station, which has already been applied to the Kyiv General Plan.
We were also the first in Ukraine to receive accreditation at Ukrgasbank as a general contractor for biogas – EPC.
Our specialists studied all the features of the construction, commissioning and operation of biogas stations. This made it possible to correct all the errors that had inhibited the work of the Bziv station, previously made by the Contractor in the project documentation and technologies. And now we are preparing to present the station Bziv to the public this month.
Summing up, we can say that we have done a lot of work on the analysis of typical omissions on implemented projects in Ukraine.

Ecodevelop company since 2018 is a full member of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Details are here.

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Ivan Traksler, director of MHP Eco Energy: "How to make biogas complex successful"

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