FINAL NATIONAL BIOVILL CONFERENCE IN LJUBLJANA: Market uptake of renewable energies and support for increased use of wood biomass

On 15 November 2018 the final national conference of the BioVill project will be held in Ljubljana at the Forestry Institute of Slovenia.

Renewable energy sources can make an important contribution to rural development, to the creation of new jobs and to the creation of energy self-sufficient villages. The conference will present various concepts of the efficient use of renewable energy sources that have developed during the BioVill project and the opportunities for energy independence offered by wood biomass in Slovenia.

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Successfully realized National BioVill Conference in Croatia

  • October 24, 2018
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The Conference took place on October 24th at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. BioVill Conference was organized within cooperation with CoolHeating project founded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 for which is responsible the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. The conference was dedicated to small modular renewable heating and cooling grids, district heating systems for the realization of bioenergy projects.

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BioVill project was selected to be awarded on the he XVIIth Edition of the “Smart and sustainable communities Academy”

  • October 20, 2018
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In Oradea the Magyar Ifjusagi Ertekezlet (MIERT) has organized the XVIIth Edition of the “Smart and sustainable communities Academy”, where the BioVill project was selected to be awarded with the “Innovator” award, for the most innovative project in the field of smart and sustainable communities, implemented in the two selected target villages from Romania, Estelic and Ghelinta.

At the event has participated the State Councilor Mr. Laszlo Borbély, the president of the Sustainable Development Department in Romania.

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Joint knowledge sharing event with key stakeholders was held in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

  • October 1, 2018
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Under the mentorship of Green Energy Romanian Innovative Biomass Cluster, the Energy and Biomass Cluster from Republic of Moldova became follower of BioVill project. With this partnership, we contribute to reducing inequalities between communes, make energy from the wood- and agricultural waste, to use clean and affordable energy, and be a sustainable community, meanwhile protecting the environment.

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Meeting of a bioenergy working group for designing the district heating system in Kichevo

  • September 14, 2018
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Meeting of a bioenergy working group designated for a preparation of a technical documentation for the first phase of Kichevo’s small woodchip-based district heating system was held in the premises of the Association of the Units of Local Self‑Government of the Republic of Macedonia (ZELS) in Skopje, on 14th of September, 2018. Collaborators of two design companies (REHAU Macedonia and Dominus) expressed their interest in further participation in the planning and realization of Kichevo’s project.

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Outreach and knowledge sharing event in the municipality of Delchevo

  • September 13, 2018
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A second outreach and knowledge sharing event was organized in the municipality of Delchevo, the BioVill’s follower community in Macedonia, on 13th of September, 2018. The event gathered representatives of the local self-government, educational institutions, NGOs, public forestry service and one Member of Parliament, who discussed the opportunities for implementation of the bioenergy village approach in Delchevo’s region.

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„Bioenergy for sustainable communities” BioVill National conference took place in Brasov

  • September 7, 2018
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The main discussion points during the conference were the following:

–          Presentation of the context of the Biovill Project

–          The concept of the bioenergy villages, best practice examples

–          Progress in bioenergy village development in Ghelința

–          Progress in bioenergy village development in Estelnic

–          Biomass based heating systems for businesses and public institutions in BioVill target villages

–          Developing sustainable energy communities – initiatives, possible synergies

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A joint knowledge sharing event with key stakeholders was held in Bretcu commune.

  • September 3, 2018
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Bretcu commune joins in the following of the good practices of BioVill project, make energy from the wood waste resulted from the community, to use clean and affordable energy and be a sustainable community meanwhile protecting the environment.

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Seminars for follower villages in Croatia

  • July 24, 2018
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In Croatia two seminars were held. The first seminar was held in the premises of Krapina-Zagorje County, on 24th July 2018. Krapina-Zagorje was chosen for the seminar since REGEA has good long-standing cooperation with the county and also made prefeasibility studies for district heating systems in 6 towns and municipalities from Krapina-Zagorje County. Stakeholders and citizens from 6 municipalities (Donja Stubica, Bedekovčina, Klanjec, Stubičke Toplice, Jesenje, Radoboj) are interested in the development of their own regional district heating network.

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Outreach and knowledge sharing event in the municipality of Chashka

A outreach and knowledge sharing event was carried out in the municipality of Chashka, the BioVill’s follower community in Macedonia, on 25th of July, 2018. Representatives of the local administration and the business sector were introduced to the bioenergy village concept and exchanged views on the possibilities for multiplication of Kichevo’s project in their community.

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BioVill Presentation at the Final workshop of the SECURECHAIN project

SECURECHAIN is a renewable energy project supported by the European Union’s research and innovation programme ‘Horizon 2020’ (http://www.securechain.eu/). The main goal is to promote sustainable bioenergy chains in the rural area, which fulfil high environmental standards and are economically viable for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). On 7 June 2018, the SECURECHAIN project organised its final workshop in Brussels.

The BioVill project was invited to presents its project and the impact on SMEs. On behalf of the BioVill Consortium, Dominik Rutz gave a presentation on “Biomass from marginal land and Bioenergy Villages: FORBIO and BioVill”.

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BioVill Presentation at the 26th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

BioVill was presented with a project poster at the 26th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (http://www.eubce.com/) in Copenhagen, Denmark on 14 May 2018. The attendees of the poster presentation discussed about the bioenergy potential in the BioVill countries as well as about the main barriers against implementation of modern bioenergy technologies. The EUBCE attracted 1375 participants from 65 countries, featured 811 presentations representing the work of more than 3000 authors and co-authors and fulfilled over 156 matchmaking requests. The next EUBCE will take place on 27-30 May 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Save the date: BioVill – Final International Conference in Brussels, November 2018

The BioVill project will hold its Final Conference together with the Horizon2020 project CoolHeating in Brussels at the end of November 2018. Invitations will be sent out soon and more information will be published on the project website. Safe the date and stay tuned for the details regarding location and agenda! We are looking forward to see you there!

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3rd Renewable Energy Sources – Research and Business conference (RESRB) 2018 in Brussels, Belgium on June 18-20, 2018

The BioVill project will be presented at the 3rd Renewable Energy Sources – Research and Business conference (RESRB) 2018 will be held on June 18-20, 2018 in Brussels. The conference themes include: bioenergy, wind, solar, hydro technologies and their business development and policies. The special theme for 3rd RESRB 2018 is sustainable production and use of new energy carriers from renewable sources. See more information: http://resrb.budzianowski.eu/.

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EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels, Belgium on June 04 – 08, 2018

BioVill will participate in the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on June 04 – 08, 2018 in Brussels (Belgium). As the most important European conference on sustainable energy policy issues, the EUSEW provides the opportunity to present the BioVill project as a best practice example of implementing bioenergy village concepts to European stakeholders. Furthermore, some outreach events in the BioVill target villages are featured via the EUSEW platform “Energy Days”, such as a workshop on perspectives of bioenergy villages in Romania by the BioVill consortium member GEA. Follow the event on: http://eusew.eu/.

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26th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 14 – 17, 2018

Following the successful participation at the European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (EUBCE) in 2017, BioVill is once again represented with a poster presentation at the 26th EUBCE 2018 in Kopenhagen on May 14 – 17, 2018. The conference combines one of the largest biomass science and technology events with a high quality industry exhibition in the field of biomass. Follow the event here: http://www.eubce.com/ .

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BIOVILL SEMINAR IN KRIVA PALANKA

The SDEWES-Skopje team consisting of Vasil Bozhikaliev, Natasha Markovska and Ljupcho Dimov carried out a BioVill seminar on 11th May 2018 in Kichevo’s follower community, the municipality of Kriva Palanka. Knowledge and experiences of existing bioenergy villages throughout Europe and gained during the ongoing development process in the Macedonian target village Kichevo have been transferred to the participants who were mainly from the public sector. They expressed their interest in sustainable bioenergy and utilization of local resources and were convinced about the social and environmental benefits of the bioenergy village approach. Another two follower communities (municipality of Delchevo and municipality of Cashka) are waiting for similar outreach and knowledge sharing events to happen in the forthcoming months.

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EU4Energy Policy Forum on Bioenergy in Vienna, Austria on April 24, 2018

  • April 24, 2018
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Officials and experts from 11 Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have met in Vienna on April 24 to explore how bioenergy and the deployment of other renewables can progress. The EU Horizon project BioVill has been selected to present a best practice example in knowledge transfer and capacity building on the implementation of the bioenergy village approach in SEE countries. During the discussion, it turned out, that most countries have high potentials to use biomass resources more effectively but still lack the necessary capacities. See more information: http://www.iea.org/workshops/eu4energy-policy-forum-on-bioenergy.html.

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BioVill at the WSED in Wels, Austria on February 28 – March 2nd, 2018

  • March 2, 2018
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Every year the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) draws several hundreds of participants from over 50 countries to Wels, Austria. This year’s WSED was no exception with more than 600 participants from 66 countries in attendance!

Two BioVill team members had the great honour of presenting at the WSED during the Young Biomass Researchers Conference on Thursday, 1 March 2018.

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Joint Networking Workshop Belgrade, Serbia 30-31 January 2018

  • February 1, 2018
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The Joint Networking Workshop was one of the highlight events of the BioVill project and an unique opportunity for representatives of all seven pilot bioenergy villages from the target regions to meet and exchange experiences in the project implementation. The workshop gathered over 40 participants from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Romania as well as representatives of resource institutions and organizations from Germany and Austria.

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SDEWES CONFERENCE IN BRAZIL

  • January 31, 2018
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The BioVill project and the Macedonian target village Kichevo were presented as a conference paper at the 1st Latin American SDEWES Conference that took place on 31st January 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The paper is titled “Techno-economical, social and environmental assessment of biomass based district heating in a bioenergy village”. Athours of the conference paper are members of SDEWES-Skopje and the BioVill project coordinator of the GIZ. Natasha Markovska (SDEWES-Skopje) gave an oral presentation of the paper before the scientific community and used the opportunity to discuss renewable heating solutions in small settlements, even in hot Rio.

See more information here: 1st Latin American SDEWES Conference 2018.

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FIFTH BIOVILL PROJECT MEETING

  • January 18, 2018
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The 5th BioVill Project / Steering Committee meeting was held on 16th and 17th January 2018 in Skopje and Kichevo, Macedonia. A strong emphasis was placed on the current situation in the target villages, particularly the outcomes of the techno-economic assessment, the development of individual business models, the participation of citizens, stakeholders and politicians in the overall process as well as the communication and dissemination activities via networks, programs, conferences and public and social media.

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Handbook available: How to realize a Bioenergy Village

  • November 16, 2017
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Toolkit for financing options, contractual issues and ownership models completed

The BioVill partner KEA has recently issued a handbook comprising guidance on possible financing options, operating and ownership models and contractual issues between the different actors engaged in the development of a bioenergy village.

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5th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 12-15 June 2017 in Stockholm

  • August 29, 2017
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The BioVill project actively participated at the 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 12th – 15th June 2017 in Stockholm. As one of the world´s leading R&D conference combined with an international exhibition, the EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass (www.eubce.com).

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3RD STUDY TOUR IN GERMANY, MAY 2017

The third BioVill study tour took place from the 16th until the 18th of May 2017 in the southern and south-eastern part of Bavaria. It started with a visit of several bioenergy villages and initiatives in the Ebersberg county, south-east of Munich, went further to bioenergy initiatives in Steingaden and Kempten/Allgäu and later to the bioenergy village Wildpoldsried and ended with a presentation of the Bavarian company REHEAU (production of polymer pipes for heating networks) and the visit of the district heating network in Vatersdorf (Buch am Erlbach) in the north of Munich.

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2nd Study tour in Austria, January 2017

Bioenergy has long tradition in Austria. Even today, it is the most relevant energy source in the heating sector. Already during the early 1990s, several villages in the eastern part of Austria developed strategies for the efficient energetic use of local resources to foster a more sustainable energy infrastructure and support the economic development. Well known forerunners of that movement are Gussing, Mureck or Bruck an der Leitha. These mature examples of bioenergy projects based on the premise of the greatest possible benefit for the region have been presented to stakeholders from the target villages in a 3 day study tour.

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Four bioenergy villages visited during the first BioVill study tour in Germany

Learning from best practice examples and facilitating exchange between already successfully running bioenergy villages and prospective bioenergy villages is one of the main goals of the BioVill project. The first BioVill study tour was organized in South-West Germany from Oct. 17-20, 2016. The group visited four different bioenergy villages in the region around Singen (Hohentwiel): St Peter, Büsingen, Bonndorf and Mögglingen. Participants of the study were the key stakeholders of the prospective bioenergy villages, such as local decision makers, representatives of the administration, and representatives of local companies.

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Second BioVill Project Meeting

Target villages in South-East Europe are selected

The BioVill partners met in Belgrade for the second project meeting on June 30th and July 1st, 2016. The project meeting was organized by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and held in the premises of the SCTM (Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities). Considerable progress was made with regard to the collection of best practices in Germany, Austria and other European countries as well as the selection of the BioVill target villages in Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

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The BioVill project has started

Kick-off Meeting took place in Freising – Germany

Many South East European countries have high biomass potentials, but they are often not or inefficiently used for local energy supply and regional economic development. Bioenergy villages produce and use most of its energy demand from local biomass sources. Bioenergy villages contribute to the climate and environmental protection and strengthen the local and regional economy.

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