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Bioenergy Promotion in Region Zealand
Regional Climate Strategy 2014
During 2013 and the first half of 2014 the 2nd generation of the Regional Climate Strategy is being developed. For developing the strategy we are using a multi-stakeholder approach in order to ensure that all key players are involved, and the best available knowledge is integrated into in the drafting process. The strategy will combine the two major challenges - mitigation and adaptation - and convert these challenges into business development opportunities.
Among the basic elements in the future regional energy system are biomass-based solutions. Some of the most important aspects are:
- The combination of wind power and biomass-based CHP plants. Hereby the fluctuating wind power generation can be balanced. This is especially the case we gaseous solutions, such as biogas, which can react within a short period of time. In the future probably also gas from thermal gasification as well as hydrogen might become an integral part of the energy system.
- Linking the energy system and the food production system. In 2012-2013 we have carried out the project "Agriculture as energy producer". This approach is important both on the short-term until 2020, and for creating the post-fossil farming system, beyond 2020.
- Integrated local energy solutions, in which biomass often will form a key component. One major aspect is the utilisation of local resources with no or very limited loss and heat energy, i.e. in bigger (large-scale), community (medium-sized) or neighbour (small-scale) district heating systems.
- Industrial and agricultural symbiosis approaches, which optimise the energy utilisation (by using a cascading principle) and the material utilisation.
Finally the principles and criteria for sustainable bioenergy systems from Bioenergy Promotion - and the improved version from Bioenergy Promotion 2 - will be included in the part of the Regional Climate Strategy addressing the design of the regional energy system.
Bioenergy Zealand Programme 2012-2015
In the autumn 2012 Region Zealand decided to launch a large programme on bioenergy promotion. A partnership consisting of 12 municipalities and 6 other key energy stakeholders related to research, industrial and agricultural development are carrying out the Bioenergy Region Zealand programme during 2013-2015. The programme has a total budget of 2.35 Mio Euro, and it is co-financed by the EU Regional Fund and Region Zealand.
The regional programme has made use of several of the findings, data and analyses developed during the main phase of the Bioenergy Promotion project. And Roskilde University, who was one of the partners in Bioenergy Promotion, is also partner in this programme.
The purpose of the programme is to prepare the establishment of bioenergy plants and to mobilise existing and new biomass resources for energy production. Thus some of the main activities are:
- Mapping of the existing biomass resources, which may potentially be utilised for energy production
- Prepare the mobilisation of different types of energy crops - in order to create an acceptable economy of biogas plants it is necessary to add more solid biomass to pigs and cattle slurry. And energy crops seem to be such an interesting energy source.
- Feasibility analyses of 30-40 bioenergy plants - be it establishment of new plants or retrofitting of existing plants; the lack of such assessments often form a key barrier to decisions regarding planning of and investments in energy plants.
- Preparation of pilot and demonstration plants in fields where solutions are not yet developed.
Written by Bjarne Rasmussen, Region Zealand