European biomass energy network continues via EUBIONET III
After two productive first rounds (2002-2008), the European "biomass energy" network is continuing through the EUBIONET III project. Funded mainly by the European Union, as part of the EIE program ("Intelligent Energy - Europe"), the project started in September 2008, for a duration of 3 years. Coordinated by VTT Processes, Finnish multidisciplinary technical research center, the project brings together 19 partner organizations, national and European (AEBIOM - European Association of Biomass, CEPI - Confederation of the Paper Industry in Europe, CRA-W - Walloon Center of Agronomic research for Belgium,
To increase the use of biomass as energy source in Europe, the spirit of EUBIONET III project can be summarized through the following main objectives:
- Identify the different obstacles to market for solid and liquid biofuels and propose solutions
- Analyze national programs on biofuels
- Analyze the availability of raw materials in the different member countries, mainly the by-products of industrial transformation and biomass of agricultural origin
- Studying the constituent factors of the price of biofuels
- Promoting the European biofuel market to ensure balance between supply and demand
- Ensuring the availability of raw materials for different sectors (bioenergy, wood industry, agriculture) to meet the needs and at reasonable prices
- Propose European certification projects in partnership with industry stakeholders
- Promote the use of biofuels by raising awareness
adequate potential users.
The objectives will be achieved by realizing 6 great tasks representing different facets of sustainability of bioenergy market. Two additional tasks will be to coordinate the project and to disseminate the results to stakeholders.
The project aims in interactive effect with all bioenergy sectors. Target groups have therefore been identified (producers, traders, associations, etc.) at different levels in Europe. They will be asked in the conference framework, interviews or roundtables for consultation and advice. They will also be regularly informed of the results of the project. Ultimately, it is therefore an interdisciplinary European network that will emerge in the field of energy recovery from biomass.
Background of the project, the EIA program
The EIE program, "Intelligent Energy - Europe", represents the most important initiative of the European Union for the efficient use of energy and the use of renewable energies.
The second component of the program ranges from 2007 2013 to. During this period of 7 years 730 million will be allocated for actions to increase the share of energy produced from renewable energy sources and improve the efficiency of energy use.
The IEE program is divided into 4 areas:
- energy efficiency and rational use of energy ("SAVE" actions)
- renewable energies ("ALTENER")
- Energy and Transport ("STEER")
- cooperation with developing countries ("COOPENER").
The EUBIONET III project is in the field of "ALTENER" actions. These help to significantly increase the use of renewable energy sources and to ensure
sustainability of their market.