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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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state forestry agency of Ukraine

Bioenergy Association of Ukraine appealed to the First Deputy Chairman of the State Agency of forest resources Yushkevich Christina Vasil'yevna concerning the Regulation on the selling of untreated timber, a draft of which was made public on May 23, 2016. Due to the fact that the rules of the draft Regulation affect the interests of producers of heat and electricity from biomass (such as wood biofuel), in its letter UABio asks to consider some suggestions on its content.

According to p. 1.1 of the draft provisions, it regulates the selling of all unprocessed timber harvested by permanent forest users, except firewood and other unprocessed timber used for specific purposes, in the order of general and specialized auction tradings.

According to experts of Bioenergy Association, the list of timber products, sold at general auction tradings for residents of Ukraine must include wood, except firewood, sold under the applications to individuals. This will eliminate the opportunity for regular forest users to sell timber as firewood, including outside the territory of Ukraine.

In addition, according to the National Renewable Energy Action Plan for the period until 2020, approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of 1 October 2014, the government envisages increasing the share of renewable energy up to 2020, in particular, an increase of nearly 3.5 times the share of thermal energy production from solid biomass from 1433 thousand toe in 2009 to 4850 thousand toe in 2020, as well as increasing the share of electricity generation from solid biomass from 28 MWe in 2014 to 660 MWe in 2020. This increase in production share of heat and electricity from solid biomass will be largely achieved through the use of wood and wood biofuels.

Therefore, according to UABio, producers of heat and electricity from biomass should be included in the list of entities that can participate in public auction trades for residents of Ukraine. Thus, by term "wood biofuels" in the Regulation should be understood "wood in the form of pellets, briquettes or wood chips, which are used for energy purposes."

Read the letter in full (in Ukrainian)
 
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