Ukraine is facing major energy challenges and biomass as a resource could substantially contribute to the supply of heat, power and fuels. Since 2014 the Netherlands has been supporting Ukraine in revealing the full potential of reliable and high-quality biobased energy production through "Dutch-Ukrainian Seminar on Bioenergy Cooperation". This year the seminar took place on the 21st of September in Kiev within the 12th “Biomass for Energy” Conference in Ukraine. It was organized jointly by the Dutch consortium "Partners in International Business - Biobased Energy Ukraine" and Scientific engineering center “Biomass” with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Ukraine and the Bioenergy association of Ukraine. The focus of this year seminar was on use of biomass in district heating of municipalities of Ukraine. Besides the Dutch companies, the seminar attracted Ukrainian representatives of state and local authorities, DH companies, commercial companies, bioenergy and energy efficiency associations, consulting, research and legal institutions.
The speakers were:
- the Director of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency for renewable and alternative energy sources and energy saving of Ukraine Mr. Dmytro Kovalenko;
- the Agricultural Counselor of the Netherlands Embassy in Ukraine Ms. Carolien Spaans;
- the CEO of the "Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine" Association Mr. Andriy Kurchiv;
- the Head of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Mr. Georgiy Geletukha;
- the Senior Deputy of Mirhorod city Mr. Serhii Shvaika;
- the Senior Expert on bioenergy and bio-economy of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency Mr. Kees Kwant;
- the Head of the UNDP project "Development and commercialization of bioenergy technologies in the municipal sector in Ukraine" Mr. Volodymyr Lyaschenko;
- the Director of the International sales department in Ukraine of KARA Energy Systems B.V. Mr. Willy Bijen;
- the Senior Research Specialist on bioenergy at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, Mr. Wolter Elbersen;
- the General Director of BTG-BTL and Empyro plant in the Netherlands Mr. Gerhard Muggen;
- the Coordinator for Partners in International Business - Biobased Energy Ukraine, Mr. Willem Maaskant.
The presentation session included Dutch experience in biomass-based heating, overview of bioenergy in industry and municipalities in the Netherlands, issues of sustainable production of biomass as well as the fast pyrolysis technology of wooden biomass and agricultural wastes and ESCO solutions. Participants also learned more about Dutch consortium "Partners in International Business - Biobased Energy Ukraine" and raised their awareness on the state of the art of energy efficient cities in Ukraine.
Very vital topic for bioenergy development in municipal sector was raised by the Head of UABIO Georgii Geletukha, who presented a new model for the competitive heat market in Ukraine where biomass-based DH could compete with fossil fuels. Some projects and successful stories of biomass-based heating in Ukraine, shown by the Head of the UNDP project "Development and commercialization of bioenergy technologies in the municipal sector in Ukraine" Mr. Volodymyr Lyaschenko and the Senior Deputy of Mirhorod city Mr. Sergiy Shvaika added more practical experience to the seminar.
On the 22nd of September, the Dutch delegation visited two bioenergy sites, where heat production from gas was substituted with biomass boilers. These were one of the leading producers of roses in Ukraine Company "Camellia" and the M.M. Gryshko National Botanic Garden. There are two biomass boilers on wood chips, 3.5 MW each, which produce heat for the green houses of the company. It allowed to reduce the share of heating costs in the production costs from 45% to less than 5%. The green houses of the National Botanic Garden are also heated from two boilers 3 MW and 1.2 MW that use wood pellets as a fuel.