This newletter brings news and facts from the BIO-CHP project, a European initiative to promote the further development in Europe of combined heat and power based on biomass energy.

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The BIO-CHP project

The BIO-CHP project is dedicated to the promotion of best practice biomass CHP throughout Europe. The intention is to contribute to an increased – and more efficient – use of biomass for combined heat and power (CHP) production. The project will disseminate biomass CHP experience based on collected data from more than 60 existing CHP plants in Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Finland. BIO-CHP is partly funded by the European Commission, the Altener Programme.

Aims of the project are:

  • To promote biomass CHP in Europe by displaying experiences from solid biomass (including co-firing), Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), anaerobic digestion gas and landfill gas fuelled CHP plants and highlighting plants with the best operation
  • To provide e.g. authorities and future plant owners information about what performance to expect from biomass CHP plants and about best available technologies. This will help ensuring high quality of future plants
  • To enable benchmarking and thus identify the improvement potential of the existing European CHP plants
  • To replicate best practices on the operation of biomass CHP plants by extensive dissemination activities
  • To create a network for exchange of good and not so good CHP experiences

The first results

Data has been collected from 68 European CHP plants covering several technologies and a diverse range of biomass fuels. Data collection consists of a long range of operational parameters on a monthly basis, which is combined with basic key data, collected in the beginning of the project period.

Monthly data are collected over a period of a total of 24 month, and results from the first 12 month period from September 2003 to August 2004 are now available.

Presentation of operational data is given in a series of graphics, each presenting one or more parameters such as electric efficiency, own power consumption or similar. Results are available in the interim project report, which can be downloaded from the project webpage in PDF-format.

Major findings worth noticing are e.g.

  • Plant owners often overestimate the efficiency, which can be achieved – there are huge differences between the nominal efficiency for electricity and heat as estimated in project planning, and the performance achieved in the practical operation of the plants.
  • The internal comsumption of electricity in the plants is significant, and some technologies perform better than others in this context.
  • Operational stability and availability of the plants are not impressive; for some technologies it is critically low.
  • Utilization of the installed capacity is often low, either due to part load operation or to extended periods of plants being out of operation

Apart from the interim report available on the webpage, please also take a look at the paper presented at the recent biomass energy conference in Paris, where further analyses were given, including some comparative studies between the technologies included in the project.

The project webpage

Background information on the project, project reports, presentation of partners and CHP-plants participating in the project are given in the project webpage.

The webpage contains a detailed description of the originally 68 CHP-plants taking part in the project, it contains the detailed invitation to the workshop in March and lots of other valuable information related to the subject of biomass use in CHP-systems.

Workshop in March

European Biomass CHP in Practice, 9th –10th March 2006, Vienna, Austria

This two-day workshop is organised in the context of the ALTENER project BIO-CHP.

The European Union and its Member States have laid down clear objectives for renewable energy in 2010 – a share of 12 percent of renewable energy in gross energy consumption and a share of 22.1 percent for green electricity.

In 2001 the EU15 used about 56 Mtoe of biomass for energy purposes. Achieving the Union renewable energy targets for 2010 would need approximately 74 Mtoe more (total: 130 Mtoe). Electricity from biomass shall contribute 32 Mtoe.

The event will be a summary of best practice on biomass CHP available in Europe and an outlook on the future of power generation by means of biomass. The workshop will concentrate in particular on the following themes:

  • Strategies of the European Union
  • Technological, economic and environmental matters
  • Best practice examples of plants in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden and The Netherlands
  • Recommendations on the implementation and operation of biomass CHP plants

Other events, organised by other parties

COGEN workshop 23 January 2006

The European Commission is bringing forward an Action Plan on Biomass. In February 2006 the Directive on Cogeneration will be transposed by the Member States. Both of these initiatives should provide a fresh stimulus for the wider and greater use of bio-energies across Europe.

COGEN Europe will organise in cooperation with DG TREN of the European Commission, the European Biomass CHP Conference 2006. This one-day event will take place on Monday 23 January 2006 in Brussels. The costs for members is €100 and for non members €125.

More information can be found on:

In case you are interested, please contact Anna Limbrey on:

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Newletter editor:

Anders Evald

Project Manager for the BIO-CHP project

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