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Over the last few decades the use of (solid) biofuel in Sweden has increased with a constant rate of approximately 3 TWh/year. This proves that local, small-to-medium scale bioenergy system solutions are available, trustworthy, mature and economically viable. Hence the obstacles in other countries must partly be a lack of knowledge and, probably, partly social like the so-called NIMBY - syndrome.

 

 One main challenge to promote a change from fossil-based energy production is to promote the development and diffusion of bioenergy systems, using available and well proven conversion technologies in combination with the abundant biomass resources. The project concentrates on biomass for energy and does not include other renewable energy technologies. That shall not be interpreted as a lack of interest in other technologies from the partners but is rather a question of resource allocation.


 

The project addresses misunderstandings and lack of buyer competence still present in some states and regions where the change in energy production systems has not commenced. This will be achieved by combining and bringing together the experience and the competence of academia with the widespread local/regional expertise and experience of regional energy agencies.
 

 The overall aim is to produce a handbook for those responsible for planning and decision making about regional and/or local energy infrastructure. The handbook will be made available on-line and will be available in English, Italian, Estonian and Greek. It is expected that the existence of such a handbook will increase the quality of biomass system commissioning and procurement so that more planned projects get carried out.


The handbook will include fundamental aspects as well as application examples from the different regions represented by the project partners.

  

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Participants

Linnæus University, Sweden

Centre for Research & Technology Hellas / Institute for Solid Fuels Technology and Applications (CERTH/ISFTA), Greece

Trees and Timber Institute (IVALSA), Italy

Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Tipperary Energy Agency, Ireland

 

 

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The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.