BIO-CHP newsletter no. 2

This newsletter 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.

This is the second e-mail newsletter about the project. Our project workshop is due in about one month from now, and this newsletter is dedicated to present the programme and advise on how to register etc. for the workshop.

Responses to the first newsletter

We have recieved several interesting comments to our first newsletter about the BIO-CHP project, sent to you a while ago. Some of the topics from these comments will be discussed in our workshop in Vienna in March. We still encourgage you to study our preliminary findings in our interim report, found at the project webpage. And please share your comments with us by replying to this mail.

Invitation to the project workshop: European Biomass CHP in Practice

Thursday 9th – Friday 10th March 2006
Please observe that this is the version of the programme, sent in the Newsletter no. 2. For the latest update on the programme, please follow Events & Links / Workshop in Vienna.

Fernwärme Wien Spittelau

Spittelauer Lände 45

1090 Vienna (Austria)


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 domestic 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’s 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 variety of topics ranges from strategies of the European Union to technological, economic and environmental matters, best practice examples of plants in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden and The Netherlands to recommendations on the implementation and operation of biomass CHP plants.

The event is meant to be a summarisation of best practice on biomass CHP available in Europe and an outlook on the future of power generation by means of biomass.

Programme Thursday, March 9th, 9.30 till 17.30

09.15 Opening

Representative of Fernwärme Wien | Fernwärme Wien Fritz Unterpertinger | Austrian Energy Agency Anders Evald | Force Technology

09.35 Electricity from biomass CHP: Strategies of the European Union

Representative of European Commission, Department of new and renewable sources of energy

09.55 European best practice in biomass CHP

Anders Evald et al.| Force Technology, Denmark

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 The COGEN Europe view on biomass CHP

N.N. | COGEN Europe, Belgium

12.20 The operational economy of co-fired biomass boilers in CHP plants

Janne Kärki | VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

12.40 Factors of success for the profitability of biomass CHP plants: Feed in tariffs versus green certificates

Andreas Veigl | Austrian Energy Agency

13.00 Lunch

14.30 – 17.30 Case examples of plants

14.30 Austria: Biomass power plant Güssing: the fluid-bed steam gasification facility

Reinhard Koch | Biomasse Kraftwerk Güssing GmbH & Co KG, Güssing (to be confirmed)

14.55 Denmark: Presentation of one of the participating Danish plants (to be confirmed)

15.20 Finland: Presentation of two participating Finnish plants

Janne Kärki | VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

15.40 Coffee break

16.10 Germany: Biomass power plant Pfaffenhofen: a grate fired boiler

Volkmar Schäfer | eta Energieberatung GbR, Pfaffenhofen

16.35 Sweden: Presentation of one of the participating Swedish plants (to be confirmed)

17.05 The Netherlands: Biomassa-centrale Lelystad: a grate fired CHP combustion plant

Dennis Schiericke | NUON Energy Sourcing, Amsterdam

Programme Friday, March 10th , 8.00 till 13.00


Fluid-bed steam gasification facilit, Güssing, Burgenland A steam biomass gasification process has been demonstrated in Güssing, AT. The combined heat and power (CHP) plant has a fuel capacity of 8 MW and an electrical output of about 2 MWel with an electrical efficiency of about 25 %. Wood chips with a water content of 20 – 30 % are used as fuel. The plant consists of a dual fluidized bed steam gasifier, a two stage gas cleaning system , a gas engine with an electricity generator, and a heat utilization system. The start up of the plant was in January 2002.

The Spittelau thermal waste treatment plant, Vienna The Viennese municipal solid wastes are delivered to the Spittelau thermal waste treatment plant from Monday to Friday between 7.00 till 15.00. Daily up to 250 delivery vehicles first pass over one of the two weigh bridges to establish the weight of the waste, before emptying their loads into the 7,000 m3 waste bunker at one of a total of 8 tipping points.

Target group

The event targets market actors that can implement biomass CHP projects like industries producing and operating biomass CHP plants, manufacturers and technology developers as well as consultants, national authorities in EU Member States (MS) and New Accession Countries (NACs) that design, implement and evaluate renewable energy policies, the European Commission, national energy and knowledge centres.

Workshop language


Meeting charges

The meeting charges amount to 100 Euros. Included are: admission fee to the event, coffee breaks, lunch buffet, the excursion and meeting documents.

Bank connection:

Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG

Bank code: 12000, a/c no 00505910000

For foreign transfers:

IBAN: AT611100000505910000

Swift Code: BKAUATWW

You need to include your identity along with your payment, in order for us to register you the the workshop!


Please register by fax or e-mail. Please inform us on registration whether you want to take part in the meeting and in which excursion. Details: Name, enterprise, full address, phone number and e-mail.

Send your registration to:

Austrian Energy Agency

Sabine Mäusel

Otto-Bauer-Gasse 6

1060 Vienna


Phone: +43-(0)1-586 15 24-64

Fax: +43-(0)1-586 15 24-40


The number of participants for this workshop is limited. We kindly ask you to send your registration within latest March 1st 2006.

Further information

Austrian Energy Agency

Elvira Lutter

Otto-Bauer-Gasse 6

1060 Vienna


Phone: +43-(0)1-586 15 24-49


Room reservations
Wien Hotels, Central Reservation

Phone +43–(0)1–24 555

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Newletter editor:
Anders Evald

Project Manager for the BIO-CHP project

FORCE Technology, Kgs. Lyngby

Hjortekærsvej 99

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: +45 72 15 77 00

Direct: +45 72 15 77 50

Fax: +45 72 15 77 01