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About BioenNW
 

Bioenergy is a rapidly growing industry driven by government policies promoting the use of low carbon energy and waste recycling.

Bioenergy is a rapidly growing industry driven by government policies promoting the use of low carbon energy and waste recycling.

Binding targets to increase the security of energy supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) have been set for all EU member states to ensure the EU will reduce GHG emissions by 20% of 1990 levels, reduce energy consumption by 20% through increased energy efficiency, and increase global share of renewable energy sources to 20% within the EU by 2020.

The progress in North West Europe towards meeting these challenging targets has been slow. To date, central government bioenergy support schemes tend to favour large scale developments that result in long distance transport of low density fuels with limited use of heat.

Carbon balances may be positive, but there is no stimulation to the local bioenergy economy and many local biomass resources remain unused. Biomass currently accounts for about half of all renewables in the EU and there is a lot of expertise in biomass available which is not matched or co-ordinated with commercial exploitation.

With this in mind, the BioenNW project has been put in place to support companies, organisations and local authorities to deliver local bioenergy in parts of the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Funded by the European Union INTERREG IVB programme, BioenNW is focused on promoting the adoption of local bioenergy and stimulating the potential for biomass to make a substantial contribution to increasing energy security, reducing carbon emissions and creating employment.

 

The project will create innovative bioenergy power plants across the North West Europe, fuelled by waste on a small scale (from 5-10MW output) and will test cutting edge bioenergy technologies (e.g. combined pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion) in the following regions:

  • The West Midlands, UK
  • Ile-de-France, France
  • Wallonia, Belgium
  • Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Saarland, Germany

The project is led by the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University in the UK. BioenNW has been approved as a Strategic Initiative by the European Union

Its total budget accounts for €7,9M. In total the project brings together 11 partners from 5 countries and a broad spectrum of observers such as universities, public authorities, research institutions, private sector companies and not for profit organisations.

 

BioenNW Objectives

01   Create

Create a network of Bioenergy Support Centres to provide support to companies, organisations and local authorities to deliver local bioenergy more efficiently and cost-effectively by providing feedstock testing services, developing biomass energy projects, organising workshops and seminars.

02   Build

Build a number of knowledge based tools to aid the bioenergy development process and assist identification of high potential bioenergy development sites.

03   Demonstrate

Demonstrate the combined operation of anaerobic digestion and intermediate pyrolysis at a commercial scale and use a broad range of biomass types as feedstocks

04   Explore

Explore at least 25 new bioenergy schemes and develop 5 of these to the point of build.