Handbook available: How to realize a Bioenergy Village

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.

The handbook provides holistic guidance on energy conservation measures in buildings as well as the implementation of renewable energy systems to produce power and/or heat in bioenergy villages. Emphasizing the social engagement of the initiators, the handbook covers the various phases and challenges throughout the development of a bioenergy village. The recommendations and insights are derived from long-term experience in the establishment and the accompaniment of bioenergy villages in Germany and Austria. They contain both generic information on how to initialize a bioenergy village as well as business models described in detail in order to illustrate concrete calculations.

The handbook can be downloaded here.

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

  • August 29, 2017
  • News

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).

GIZ and WIP introduced the BioVill project to the participants at the moderated poster sessions, enabling visitors and peers to review the projects work and engage in discussions, thereby attracting attention beyond the project´s Southeastern European scope. In addition, a paper was submitted which provides more in detail the project´s approach, intermediate achievements and next steps. The poster and paper can be found in the conference proceedings at the organizer’s website: www.etaflorence.it/proceedings. The poster can be downloaded here.

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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. Based on the recommendations given by the participants of the previous study tours, a main focus was put on the planning and installation of a heating grid. Due to the situation in the partner villages another priority was on wood based heating systems as well as on combined heat and power production from anaerobic digestion (biogas) and gasification (syngas).

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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.

BioVill is co-funded and supported by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is designed to support the development of regional bioenergy concepts and the establishment of bioenergy villages in Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. This will be achieved by identifying suitable biomass value chains according to local and regional needs and transferring existing experiences in Austria, Germany and other European countries to the South-Eastern European partners.

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