The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine took part in the final workshop of the uP_running project, which took place on June 4, 2019 in Kyiv.

The international project uP_running within the framework of the European Union scientific and innovation cooperation program HORIZON 2020 promotes the development and dissemination of bioenergy wood utilization technologies for cutting and eradicating grape, olive and fruit plants.

Within the framework of the project "Take-off for sustainable supply of woody biomass from agrarian pruning and plantation removal (uP_running)", the Scientific Engineering Center "Biomass" and the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club conduct a final workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to provide information on the final results of the project: presenting existing value chains, business models and best practices, and discussing lessons learned with stakeholders: farmers, service companies and energy consumers.

On May 22, 2019, experts of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Tetyana Zheliezna and Oleksandra Tryboi took part in the roundtable on energy statistics and energy balance held within the framework of the EU Twinning project "Renewables Development in Ukraine" at the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine.

Representatives of the SAEE, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, experts from the Twinning project from the Austrian Energy Agency and EURAC Research, State Enterprise "National Power Company "Ukrenergo" also attended the round table. The participants discussed the current collection of statistical data in the energy sector.

On April 23, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine took part in a seminar on financial and organizational issues within the Seminar in the framework of the project "Improving the efficiency of district heating systems in Central and Eastern Europe" in Kyiv, Ukraine. The seminar on organizational and managerial issues attracted about 20 representatives of state institutions, associations and local self-government bodies.

Georgii Geletukha, Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine presented the vision of the association: "How to maintain and develop district heating in Ukraine?" and "The Draft Law on the Implementation of Competition in the District Heating System of Ukraine", noting that:

"If negative trends in the DH sector of Ukraine continue in the future, we will be completely left without DH systems, and at the same time without heat supply facilities at competitive prices and in an environmentally safe way!" ... "We see the only strategic way for saving DH systems - they have to generate heat significantly (by 20-40%) cheaper than individual heat supply systems on gas!"

In the presentation of Georgii Geletukha (see below), the issues discussed are:

On April 11, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held the 4th Seminar of Sustainable Agribusiness Forum (SAF Ukraine) for business leaders in the agricultural sector devoted to biogas technologies.

The main idea of the workshop was to identify the factors that contribute to obtaining the most effective performance indicators for biogas plants.

The 4th Seminar of SAF Ukraine has been opened by Gianpiero Nacci, Associate Director of the EBRD’s Department for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change and Sergiy Maslichenko, Associate Director, Coordinator of the EBRD’s Department for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change.

Sergiy Maslichenko noted in his speech that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2018 launched the Partnership for Sustainable Agribusiness (SAF Ukraine). The idea of creating such a partnership was to systematically approach and work in the field of agricultural waste utilization in the agroindustrial complex.

The Bank actively sponsors biomass and biogas projects in the agroindustrial complex and has already supported 12 projects in this sector. As a next step, the EBRD considers it necessary to unite all players on the supply and demand side, that is raw materials (agricultural wastes) suppliers and consumers, to facilitate the creation of a market for agricultural wastes and to establish a system of logistic chains supplying raw materials from the field to the station, which should begin to work and develop on market principles.

Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgiy Geletukha presented the results of a study of biomass potential in Vinnitsa oblast at the Workshop on formulating bankable bioenergy projects, April 8, 2019 in Vinnytsia.

According to the study, the full use of technically achievable biomass potential of the Vinnitsa region (more than 1 million tons of coal equivalent per year, 2017) can substitute about 37% of the annual consumption of fossil fuels or the entire volume of annual consumption of natural gas.

The results of the feasibility study of options for the use of biomass / biofuels (boiler house, baling, chips, firewood, pellets, briquettes, straw, wood, energy crops) in most cases demonstrate the economic viability of projects.

The development of energy production from biomass will have a positive impact on the environmental situation of Vinnitsa oblast by reducing the consumption of such fossil fuels as coal and natural gas, whose share in the structure of fuel consumption is now 56% and 35%, respectively.

As part of the study, an online map was developed using GIS technologies as a tool for detailed analysis of local conditions, when planning bioenergy projects. The map contains generalized information about the region and can be further elaborated and detailed by the OTG or by interested private enterprises for their own needs, since it is open and publicly available.

Study of biomass potential in Vinnitsa oblast - Georgiy Geletukha, Head of the Board of UABio (in Ukrainian)

Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Georgiy Geletukha, spoke at the Ukrainian-American seminar "Open Burning in a National, Regional and Global Context", which took place on March 7 in Kyiv within the 2-day event "Reducing Open Agricultural Burning in Ukraine: Soil, Air Quality, and Public Health Paths for European Integration held in Kharkiv and Kyiv. In his report, the head of the UABio told about the significant potential of agro residues, such as straw and corn stalks, which could be used to produce energy instead of open burning in the fields. Investment projects on straw baling, producing and selling of straw pellets, production of heat and power from agro residues are interesting for business. Georgiy Geletukha told about the required investments in such projects and their payback (slide 11 of the presentation).

Ukraine is made up of over 50% cropland area. Although open burning is banned, Ukraine has one of the highest numbers of detected fires in Europe and the surrounding countries. Burning before corn planting in the spring and after the wheat harvest in the fall is a culturally ingrained process. ICCI’s aim for this event was to help educate farmers on the benefits of no-burn and no-till agriculture while also facilitating connections between various stakeholders. A number of representatives from various waste-to-energy companies were in attendance in Kiev and showed interest in utilizing the excess agricultural residue after observing how much energy is being lost via open burning.

On February 12, 2019, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (UABio) held an open general meeting that gathered more than 50 participants in the bioenergy sector. The session was opened by the people's deputy of Ukraine Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety Oleksandr Dombrovsky and Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Sergiy Savchuk.

Within the framework of the meeting, the Chairman of the Bioenergy Association Georgii Geletukha presented the UABio report for 2018, and UABio plans for 2019, as well as the draft Law of Ukraine on the introduction of competition in heat supply systems. Lawyer of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Anna Pastukh presented the draft Law of Ukraine on the system of electronic trading of solid biofuels.

Full Report "Results of UABio activities in 2018" (in English) is available here.

On February 08 the Agropetrol-2019 Conference was held in Kyiv. Focus of the conference: effective purchasing of gasoline, diesel fuel, propane-butane, natural gas, electricity and mineral fertilizers. Key topics: directions of development of the Ukrainian agrarian sector, financing of purchases of fuel and fertilizers, formation of fuel costs, use of LPG by farmers, changes in the market of mineral fertilizers, etc.

The head of the Board of the Bioenergy association of Ukraine (UABio) – Georgii Geletukha and the Member of UABio Auditing Committee – Yurij Epshtein were the Conference speakers.

The Georgii Geletukha presentation has been updated to February 2019 and addresses the issues: 

For the second time in Kyiv, there was a Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investment Conference "RENPOWER Ukraine 2019".

Conference concerns the current state of the market of RES in Ukraine: the necessary legislative changes, investing questions and issues of the development of the market for electricity generation.

The Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha was a speaker at the conference and traditionally presented bioenergy sector development in Ukraine: current state, drivers and barriers, in the presentation "Bioenergy Development in Ukraine".

The presentation has been updated to January 2019 and addresses the issues: 

 - list of existing biomass CHPs/Power plants and biogas installations in Ukraine as of January 2019
 - comparison of payback periods for business projects on straw and pellets
 - dynamics of the RES development in Ukraine (according to the latest statistical data)
 - forecast of total amount of consumption, structure of solid biofuels, Renewable Heat Production and RES share in heat production in Ukraine
 - main drivers and barriers for bioenergy development
 - amounts of energy resources (natural gas, coal, biomass ..) from 2015 (existing) to 2035 (forecast), according to the Energy Strategy of Ukraine for the period up to 2035.

Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha and UABio expert Petro Kucheruk, along with consultant of Scientific Engineering Centre "Biomass" Oleksandra Tryboi (UABio member) took part at the 2nd annual conference in frames of Ukrainian Agrarian Week AgroPower.BIOGAS, February 7, 2019 in Kyiv.

Georgii Geletukha in his presentation, in particular, told about the possibilities of using biogas energy in the coming years, including the prospects of using straw and stems of maize as a feedstock for biogas plants (probably in the form of pellets), as well as about new possibilities for the biogas plants in the market of balancing capacities, which should start working in Ukraine from July 2019.

You can see the presentations of UABio experts below: