In the organization of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and the National Biomass Association SERBIO, more than 200 domestic and foreign participants, representatives of various levels of government, experts in the field of energy, producers, businessmen and users of biomass, discussed legal frameworks, green energy projects, examples of good practice in our country and European countries, about the potentials and possibilities for greater use of biomass and other renewable energy sources on a two-day International Conference „Biomass – Potential for Growth“ in Novi Sad.
On the first day of the conference, November 16th, the participants were greeted by the President of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, Istvan Pastor, the deputy chairman of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, Damir Zobenica, while the conference was opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry in the Government of the Republic of Serbia Branislav Nedimović.
Minister Nedimovic said that biomass is a completely usual source of energy in the 21st century, but that there is not enough developed awareness in Serbia, adding that it will not be easy to disrupt the use of biomass and that all local-level functionaries must boldly enter that job.
In this regard, a special emphasis was put on the active role of the regions and local self-governments, which was confirmed at the conference by the presence of representatives from all 45 municipalities in Vojvodina.
In the introductory part of the conference devoted to market development, Heinz Kopetz, President of the World Association for the Exploitation of Energy from Biomass, and Peter Canciani, from the Central European Initiative CEI, also had their own speeches.
After introductory presentations and discussions dedicated to the development of the biomass market, the participants discussed the quality of biomass in the second part of the conference. In the second part, the president of the National Biomass Association SERBIO, Nataša Rubežić, adressed the participants and presented the basic initiators of public policy in favor of renewable energy sources, the advantages of using biomass, as well as its potentials primarily in Vojvodina.
Participants in the conference agree that it is necessary to work permanently on the energy transition towards self-sustainability, the development of renewable energy market and their increased use, with the aim of achieving energy security and independence and ensuring a healthier environment.
After the introductory and professional presentation of the first day of the conference, on the second day, November 17th, participants learned about examples of good practice in terms of resource generation and the use of biomass and other renewable energy sources in Vojvodina through study visits. They visited the heating plant in Sremska Mitrovica where they talked to the management about the way they work and produce energy from agrobiomass, i.e. from the sunflower husk.
After that, the conference participants visited the branch of the Institute for Lowland Forestry and Environment in Kac, near Novi Sad, where they visited the experimental fields and talked with the management about the creation and application of new technologies in forestry and agro-forestry systems, as well as the formation of new woody biomass resources in AP Vojvodina.
The National Biomass Association SERBIO, together with the Assembly of AP Vojvodina and the Assembly of European Regions, is organizing an international conference "Biomass – potential for growth", on November 16th and 17th, 2017 in Novi Sad.
We invite you to take part in a conference, on which one of the main objectives will be getting familiar with current business and legal frameworks, networking of domestic and international organizations and companies involved in the renewable energy sector.
In order to further stimulate the development of the biomass production and use sector in Serbia and the region, business environment analyses, examples of good practice by foreign companies and international institutions will be presented.
The conference will be held in the Great Hall of the building of the Assembly of Vojvodina on November 16th from 10 am to 4 pm. A study visit on November 17th will include a visit to the biomass heating plant in Sremska Mitrovica, a visit to an organic farm of beef with a built biogas plant in Čurug and a visit to the Institute for Lowland Forestry - the experimental area of Kać.
We sincerely hope that you will respond to our invitation and, together with representatives of state and provincial institutions, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Central European Initiative (CEI), the World Biomass Association (WBA), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Development Bank (KfW), other representatives of international institutions and European regions, local self-government units, chambers of commerce and associations, participate in the exchange of experiences on the ways of producing and using biomass.
You can download the preliminary conference program and the registration form at http://www.skupstinavojvodine.gov.rs/Strana.aspx?s=biomasa2017
National Biomass Association SERBIO through cooperation with numerous partners in the country and abroad, such as the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade, the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, as well as the Department of Energy, Electronics and Telecommunications within the University of Novi Sad, then the European Biomass Association AEBIOM and the World Biomass Association WBA, biomass organizations from countries in the region, specifically Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc., formed specialized professional project teams that bring together professionals with extensive experience and knowledge of the market and the process of forming a raw material base, logistics, exploitation and production.
When we add to this list numerous experts in the field of wood and agricultural biomass and in general in the field of renewable energy sources, we can say that we have all the relevant factors of the biomass market in one place under the auspices of the National Biomass Association SERBIO.
It is this kind of cooperation that enables us to provide our members and other clients with the following:
In a word, we have provided a service through which all participants in the chain of production and consumption of energy from renewable sources can get all the necessary assistance, all the information and the best solutions for their needs - individuals and the needs of their companies and agricultural holdings.
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On April 28th, in cooperation with the company "Energy Net" from Kac, the National Biomass Association SERBIO held a working conference on the subject "Biomass in public facilities and district heating systems."
The workshop took place in Belgrade, in the premises of Energy Net, which is the regional leader in the field of heating, air conditioning, ventilation, installation and sanitary equipment.
In the focus of the working conference were the following topics:
The Deputy President of the association, Vojislav Milijić, presented the BIORES project, which is being implemented within the framework of the European program "Horizon 2020".
This year annual conference of heating plants in Serbia took place in Zlatibor mountine on May 27-30. This was an opportunity not only for heating plants but also for all the subjects in heating power production chain to present themselves.
BioRES project was presented throught info-pult of GIZ DKTI program in Serbia. Visitors had an opportunity to get relevant informations in terms of biomass supply to heating plants, but also to see a presentation and video materials about creating sustainable biomass supply chains.
The last conference of the BioRes project took place on May 11th in Brussels. The event was organized in a premise of the Bavarian representative office in EU, in an exclusive location close to the European Parliament.
BIORES decided to organize its final conference as a contribution to the current debate on the future energy mix in the EU. In this sense, the conference had the title "Visions of bioenergy - the transfer of local initiatives in Brussels". The main question of the whole event was: How can the experience gained in the BIORES project be usefully applied in the current political context in the EU?
It is important to remember that bioenergy is the most important source of renewable energy in Europe and will play a key role in the future energy mix of the European Union. The bulk of bioenergy in Europe comes from wood residues that occur and are used locally, and therefore the development of bioenergy sector depends on the willingness of local communities to use them sustainably. Local examples presented at this conference highlighted the possibility of transfering what is in the European Directive on renewable energy into practice.
The conference was divided into the following five thematic blocks:
Vojislav Milijić, vice president of SERBIO and manager of the BIORES project for Serbia held a presentation at the fifth thematic block. He presented the thesis why are logistic centers the response to the growing demand for wood biomass, both at local and regional level. He pointed out that logistic centers are not only dynamic, but at the same time simple and innovative, because they represent a healthy business model.
A large number of participants from all over Europe showed that bioenergy from wood is an important topic in countries that are not partners in the project. Participants from 28 countries showed a great need for information, knowledge sharing and active communication between people with experience in Europe and beyond. The conference was particularly instrumental in the exchange of knowledge between developed and less developed biomass markets, noting the obstacles and the common opportunities and chances.
Heating Plants in Serbia usually use gas and mazut, which are expensive because of the import. In case of problems of supply, eight plants don’t have alternative to gas. A couple of pilot projects shows that biomass could be the cost-effective replacement and heating could be up to 10 percent less than mazut. Serbia provides 23 percent from renewables, with biomass share of 10 percent. That percent could be twice as high when the potential of the land would be used. Out of all the renewables, the biggest opportunities come from biomass.
Last year, Smederevo heating plant switched one boiler room from fuel oil to biomass and halved the fuel costs. They applied for reconstruction of one more which will heat up to 1.000 apartments.
About 86 percent, by the first calculations, we would decrease carbon dioxide emission, in which the we would save up to 37 percent on energent purchasing, says the director of Heating plant in Smederevo, Vladimir Kulagić.
The transition to biomass in the Ministry of Energy Programme includes 15 Power plants. With the support of Germany organization for international cooperation along with “KFV Bank” the first phase of reconstruction five remote systems in Mali Zvornik, Nova Varoš, Novi Pazar, Prijepolje and Bečej is in progress.
Within dfferent project, which is supported by Programme of United nations for development, under construction is six new plants using biomass which will along with heating provide electricity as well. Chamber of Commerce od Serbia the electronic market supply and demand is available as well.
Construction of the new Heating Plant using wood chops is the best solution for the Banja Luka’s citizens in present circumstances, said by deputy major Srđan Amidžić.
Selection the strategic partner for raising the Heating Plant, in the City administration they're hoping that once and forever will solve the problem with this utility company and residents heating.
The aim is, as he said, to build up a system in which the debt will begin to reduce. With ne company using the wood chips, the city of Banja Luka plans to save about eight million marks annually. It is calculated that the biggest city of Republika Srpska needs about 80.000 tones of wood chips. Republika Srpska hasn’t got any other emergent such as gas or thermal water, so it is logical to turn to wood, which can be find locally.
He points out that they already spoke with 'Šumama Srpske' and other suppliers and have already reserved needed amounts of wood chips, so this emergent, he assures, will not be a problem.
Let's remind that construction of the Heating Plant using biomass in Prijedor cost about 8,6 million euros. This plant annually spends 30.000 cubic meters of wood mass, which is three times less than planned consumption in Banja Luka. So, having this calculation in mind, construction similar Heating Plant in the city on the river of Vrbas would cost about 20 million euros. Partner that invests will own 52 percent of the capital. Prijedor annually spends 2 million marks on biomass, instead of earlier 5,5 million spent on mazut.
Old Heating Plant has to go trough the process of reconstruction, and the Town is the warrantor. The goal is to reduce 85 million marks debt, not to increase it year by year said Amidžić.
Come and hear about Europe’s visions of bioenergy, from both the institutional and the grassroots perspectives. Organised by AEBIOM, in the frame of the BioRES project, Visions of Bioenergy - Bringing Local Initiatives to Brussels gives you the opportunity to discover, first-hand, a range of concrete, local projects that have transformational and far-reaching regional benefits.
Participants will have the chance to visit one of these projects, an Austrian BLTC, through a total immersion in a 360° video. It’ll be like travelling to the place…
11th of May 2017 ( from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm)
Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU, Brussels (BE)
BioRES is introducing the innovative concept of Biomass Logistic and Trade Centres (BLTCs) to Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria based on international cooperation with European technology leaders. As regional 'bioenergy markets' these BLTCs will help to increase both local supply and demand for woody bioenergy products. Learn more...
The seventh meeting of the BIORES project Steering Comittee took place from January 30th to February 1st in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). The meeting was attended by all project partners, who thoroughly analyzed the progress on all project activities during the two-day discussion.
Bearing in mind that the BIORES project ends in June 2017, it was necessary to make a detailed cross section of the situation and agree on further steps in the upcoming final months.
On this occasion, it was agreed that the National Biomass Association SERBIO will develop an on-line logistic center for biomass supply by the end of the project, the only one of its kind to be established in the lands of implementation. This logistic center will be established initially in western Serbia and it will connect wood biofuel producers, retailers and carriers. After the initial stages of formation, the on-line logistic center will have all the potential to further expand and include other regions.
In addition to this, the National Biomass Association SERBIO will conduct the certification process of a logistic center by the system CoC (Chain of Custody). This will be the only certified logistic center in the lands of implementation.
At the meeting was also a web platform presented, through which will all logistic centers, established through the BIORES project, get their presentation on the Internet. The same platform will also serve for the establishment of the on-line logistic center.
At the end of the meeting the date of the final conference of the BIORES project was determined. The conference will be held on May 11th 2017 in the Bavarian House in Brussels, near the European Parliament.