Place: Europe
Year(s): 2005-2007
Sector: Biomass & Bioenergy

Techno-economical assessment of the production and use of biofuels for heating and cooling applications in South Europe.

Description of the work:
The use of solid biofuels for heating application has reached an important stage of development in Nordic countries and some others countries in Europe (Finland, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, France and Germany). However, in south Europe, although there is an important potential in some regions, the use of solid biofuels is very scarce and there is not a well established biofuel market (Spain, Italy,…).

In order to take advantage of this potential, it is necessary to transfer technologies, methodologies and experiences from countries where the heating biofuel market is more developed to the southern regions and get them adapted to the local market conditions. The selected consortium and the project management strategy will assure this information, knowledge and experiences transfer.

The project intend to carry out a techno-economical assessment of the whole biofuel utilization cycle, from collection to heat production, in two pilot regions of southern Europe with an important potential for solid biofuels (Navarra in Spain and Tuscany in Italy), in order to identify the barriers for bio-heat development and to propose efficient measures to overcome them by using and adapting the experiences of countries where biofuels have reached a significant market share.

Download the brochure of the project (.pdf file).

Expected Results:

Direct outcomes:

  • Demonstration of the feasibility of forest biomass logistics and utilisation for heat generation in Navarra and Tuscany;
  • Transference of Nordic biomass know-how to Navarra and Tuscany;
  • Annually available amount of the total biomass in the two regions under study, Navarra and Tuscany;
  • Assessment of the difference methods to harvest and manage the forest biomass and the respective cost for each one;
  • Dissemination of results to the whole Mediterranean Area of the EU;

Potential impacts:

  • Creation, in the regions under study, of organised collection and distribution paths for solid biofuels;
  • Contribution to the creation of new and stable rural employment in the forestry land for the collection of forest residues in southern Europe;
  • To contribute to gender equality with regard to rural employment through the mechanisation of forestry work for woody residues collection in southern Europe;
  • To contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions (Kyoto protocol). For further information visit the project website.

Supported by the European Commission DG TREN within the ALTENER Programme.

Project coordinator
CENER, Spain

Project partners
ETA -Florence Renewable Energies, Italy
EUBIA, Belgium
Municipality of Abetone, Italy
Universtity of Florence,Italy
Energidalen, Sweden
SOLÈ, Spain
Namainsa, Spain
Ehn Cr, Spain
Garvn, Spain
VTT, Finland
Region of Tuscany, Italy
ApE, Slovenia