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Promoting and securing the production of biomass from forestry and agriculture without harming the food production (AGRIFORENERGY 2)

Project brief
Key action: Biobusiness
Status: Closed
Coordinator: Mr Christian Metschina
Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry in Styria, Austria
Tel: 0043 316 8050 1410
Partners: European Biomass Association, Belgium
Council Of The Bulgarian Agricultural Organisations, Bulgaria
Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
Lower Saxony Network for Renewable Resources 3N, Germany
Italian Agriforestry Energy Association (AIEL), Italy
Slovenian Forestry institute, Slovenia
Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden Ltd, Sweden
Benefits: Transfer of know-how between 8 EU countries and beyond Implementation of 25 regional bioenergy coordinators to foster investments in new businesses 7 national reports about heat/pvo/biogas and biomethane 1 international repor about these 3 topics 160 WSO activities in all partipating countries
Keywords: bioenergy, wood energy, biomass heating, pure vegetable oil, biogas, biomethane, business agreements, study tours, one-to-one meetings
Duration: 01/07/2009 - 30/06/2012
Budget: EUR 1 523 520 (EU contribution: 75%)
Contract number: IEE/08/600


Based on the succesfull project Agri for Energy, where the main aim was to stimulate farmers to enter the European Bioenergy market, the targets of the follow-up project Agri for Energy 2 are going one step further. One of the main problems is the lack of communication between the energy supply side and the customers. In order to make investments happen and bioenergy plants set-up, the approach is to organise workshops, study tours and one-to-one meetings in European target regions. Workshops allow potential bioenergy providers (e.g. farmers and cooperatives, forest owners, forest entrepreneurs) and potential end-users to meet and gain awareness of their respective offers and requirements. Study tours allow these actors to gain confidence in bioenergy businesses by visiting real bioenergy plants. One-to-one meetings allow going one step further, by gathering around the same table committed actors from the supply and the demand side, where they will explore in furtherdetail a business case, with the technical support of project partners.

  • Wood energy sector: 42 workshops on biomass for heating, 1390+ people reached; 33 study tours to relevant biomass supply chains or heating plants, 810 visitors; 72 one-to-one meetings to foster agreements on wood heating plant installation; Support to the installation of 50 wood fuels plants, corresponding to 16 MWth overall
  • Pure vegetable oil sector: 18 workshops on PVO, 660+ people reached; 18 study tours to relevant biomass supply chains or PVO plants, 420+ visitors; 45 one-to-one meetings to foster agreements on PVO plant installation; Support to the installation of 13 PVO mills (2.500-3.500 t oil/year as a transport fuel)
  • Biogas sector: 15 workshops on Biogas, 590 people reached; 15 study tours to relevant Biogas projects, 300+ visitors; 22 one-to-one meetings to foster agreements on biogas plant installation; Support to the establishment of 11 biogas plants (1.1-5.5 MWe installed)
  • Bio-methane sector: 11 workshops on bio-methane, 390 people reached; 11 study tours to relevant bio-methane projects, 180 visitors; 22 one-to-one meetings to foster agreements and Bio-methane plant installation; Support the establishment of 8 bio-methane filling stations (2-3 Million m³ of bio-methane delivered)
  • Support and dissemination activities: Transfer of know-how between 8 EU countries and beyond; 26 regional bioenergy coordinators trained to foster investments in new businesses; advisory folders with best practice examples realised in the project in the sectors heat, pvo and biogas/biomethane; 1 international energy farming congress in Germany, 350+ expected participants; 1 international workshop on heat/PVO/Biogas in Brussels, 50+ expected participants.

Lessons learnt
  • Some lessons have been learnt, linked to the economical and political backgrounds in the respective partner countries especially regarding Pure Plant Oil use as renewable energy source
  • Therefore, the lack of information about PVO leads to a very low acceptance of these products in the different partner countries. Moreover the fact that in some countries the legislation does not support the production or usage of PVO due to the taxes that are applied to them, has lead to a significant decrease in the number and variety of groups interested in this field
  • At this point, presenting information from the international environment is critical to the development of PVO use. We learned that decentralized production systems are characterized by a very high efficiency regarding energy utilization and gain as well as GHG emissions (Heat from wood, PVO as well as biogas). Last update: 20.02.2013

Summary slides of the project
(PDF, 284 kB)
International report on Pure Vegetable Oil
(PDF, 1574 kB)
International report on biogas and biomethane
(PDF, 1729 kB)
Flyer Best practices on heat, biogas and PVO
(PDF, 3017 kB)
Publishable Results Report
(PDF, 2264 kB)
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