Development Of Sustainable Heat Markets For Biogas Plants In Europe

Final BiogasHeat Conference held in Zagreb on 27th March 2015

March 5th, 2015 | Posted by jmaras in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Final BiogasHeat Conference held in Zagreb on 27th March 2015)

The Final BiogasHeat Conference “Heat from biogas cogeneration plants – lost profit” tool place on 27th March 2015 in Zagreb, GreenGold Center, Radnička cesta 52/1 on the premises of co-organizer Croatian Employers’ Association. It attracted more than 50 participants from different biogas market sectors: investors, operators, developers, regulators, professional associations, NGO’s, ministry representatives, agencies.

More information on the conference including the final program please find here.

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Training/workshop for biogas plant operators held in Zagreb, Croatia

February 17th, 2015 | Posted by jmaras in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Training/workshop for biogas plant operators held in Zagreb, Croatia)

On 16th February 2015 Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar organised a training/workshop for biogas plant operators in Croatia. The workshop addressed two potential uses of surplus heat in biogas plants: drying processes and ORC. The workshop took place in Zagreb, Savska 163, Multimedia room, Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar.




National Workshop on Heat Use in Austria

December 5th, 2014 | Posted by translator_at in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on National Workshop on Heat Use in Austria)

e7 successfully conducted the 2nd national workshop on heat use in Salzburg, Austria

On 3 and 4 December 2014, the 10th Austrian Biogas Congress was held at WIFI Salzburg – Biogas14. This popular meeting for stakeholders of the biogas sector was organized by the Austrian Compost & Biogas Association, with support from klimaaktiv, the climate initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. About 400 visitors attended to the congress.

e7 conducted a whole session on heat use. The session was very successful as about 90 persons attended to the workshop!

The minutes can be found here.

BiogasHeat coaching opportunities – only three spots left

November 27th, 2014 | Posted by translator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on BiogasHeat coaching opportunities – only three spots left)

During the lifetime of the BiogasHeat project, the consortium gathered valuable insights on heat utilisation from biogas including market data, technologies, business strategies and more. Since mid-2014 the consortium has offered coaching opportunities in non-target countries across the European Union and by now nearly all spots are taken. Nevertheless, there are still three opportunities left for interested stakeholders to get a free two-step coaching on heat utilisation from biogas. You are interested? Continue reading!

Find the full Call for Expressions of Interest here: Call for Expressions of Interest


Successful Joint Final Project Conference BiogasHeat and Rescue

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by translator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Successful Joint Final Project Conference BiogasHeat and Rescue)

On 7 October the DHC+ Technology Platform hosted the Joint Final Project Conferences of the IEE-funded projects BiogasHeat and Rescue in Brussels. The event which was part of the 2014 edition of DG Regio’s Open Days attracted a total of more than 100 stakeholders from across Europe. The conferences featured a bandwidth of meaningful and highly interesting insights gained through the projects’ lifetimes, a variety of best practice examples and much more, while offering space for presentations on related projects.


Heating and Cooling account for around 50% of Europe’s primary energy consumption. Deploying technologies and solutions on how to satisfy heating & cooling needs is therefore crucial in order to achieve the EU’s climate and energy policy objectives: secure, sustainable and affordable supply. Euroheat & Power and the DHC+ Technology Platform have been involved in numerous EU-funded research projects with exactly this aim.


More than 100 stakeholders including Members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials, regional and city representatives, DHC and other energy stakeholders and many more gathered for the Joint Final Project Conference of BiogasHeat and Rescue. The day was split in two main sessions – one for each project – comprising presentations on project results, best practice examples, partner projects and future steps.


The conference kicked-off with the session on BiogasHeat. The IEE-funded project started in April 2012 and aims at the development of sustainable heat markets for biogas plants in Europe. As in every incineration process a lot of heat is available after producing electricity. Most of this heat is unfortunately wasted. Utilizing hit contributes to the EU’s policy objectives and creates an additional source of income for plant operators. After welcome words spoken by Paul Voss, Managing Director of Euroheat & Power, the project coordinator Ilze Dzene, Ekodoma, introduced the audience to the project. The work package leaders for the main research working packages within the project then presented the main findings on market and policies (Dominik Rutz, WIP), heat utilisation strategies (Christof Amann, e7) and business realisation (Tomas Vorisek, sEVEN). The result presentations were followed by the introduction to good practice cases on District Heating from organic urban waste (Alessandro Mazzari, Sogesca), additional electricity production with ORC (Igor Novko, EIHP) and upgrading and grid injection (Joergen Hinge, DTI). After a networking break, Wolfgang Gabauer introduced the participants to the project FABbiogas which aims at promoting the use of waste from Food And Beverage (FAB) for the production of biogas, before Ingo Wagner (Euroheat & Power) did the wrap-up and gave an outlook on future steps.


The afternoon was all about the Rescue project. Rescue promotes the developments of sustainable district cooling solutions across Europe by providing guidance and support tools for local policy makers. Following an introduction to the role of District Cooling in the European policy spectrum by Paul Voss, Clemens Felsmann (TU Dresden) who coordinates Rescue introduced the audience to the background of the project. Similar to the morning session, the consortium then presented the project results, i.e. a market overview (Siegfried Zöllner, ICLEI), guidelines in how to roll-out District Cooling (Henrik Frohm, CCED), a District Cooling handbook (Anders Tvärne, CCES) and a calculation tool supporting initial feasibility checks (Clemens Felsmann). After a coffee break, participants learned more about existing best practice examples and upcoming schemes in Helsinki (Kosti Koski), Paris (Alexis Tawfik, Climespace) and Italy (Pier Paolo Rossodivita, Are Liguria). District Cooling can play a major role in the future energy system and therefore it is not surprising that more projects deal with the issue or at least touch it. Hence, two partner projects, Celsius (Anna Boss, SP) and Stratego (Nicolas Fevrier, DHC+ Technology Platform) were introduced to the participants before the conference was closed by Maria Grajcar (AGFW).


During the sessions but also in the breaks there were many interesting questions and discussions and the project consortia would like to thank all speakers and participants for their active involvement and interest.


October 10th, 2014 | Posted by translator_at in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Biogas14)

on 3 and 4 Dezember 2014 at WIFI Salzburg, in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

On 3 and 4 Dezember 2014, the 10th Austrian Biogas Congress was held at WIFI Salzburg. This popular meeting for stakeholders of the biogas sector was organized by the Austrian Compost & Biogas Association, with support from klimaaktiv, the climate initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. About 500 visitors were expected to attend the congress.

For further information please follow this link (in German).



BiogasHeat – Final Conference – 7 October – Brussels

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by translator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on BiogasHeat – Final Conference – 7 October – Brussels)

We would like to cordially invite you to the Biogasheat Final Conference in Brussels on 7 October 2014.

Biogas is an interesting and growing energy resource, fulfilling two main criteria for modern resources: Biogas is domestic and renewable. However, the most biogas installations have so far concentrated on electricity production and ignored the surplus heat. This way the resource was not used in the most efficient way and an additional source of income for the producers has been neglected.

The BiogasHeat project aims at identifying heat utilisation strategies, defining business opportunities and sharing the gathered experiences.

Accordingly, we would like to invite you to join us for this workshop in order to:

– inform you about heat utilisation options for biogas facilities
– discuss the market and political framework conditions
– share utilisation strategies and business models
– present business plans and opportunities

This workshop is the final event in a row of activities to equip cities and regions, plant operators, planners, heat consumers, urban and spatial planners, authorities and others with the knowledge needed to utilise the surplus heat and increase the efficiency of biogas plants.

Please let us know if you are available to attend this event by registering on the event website

Looking forward to seeing you in Brussels in October!

Tuesday, 7 October, 2014 08:30  –  14:00

Silken Berlaymont
Boulevard Charlemagne 11
Brussels 1000 Belgium

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Call for expressions of interest in BiogasHeat coaching events – second round closing soon

July 8th, 2014 | Posted by translator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Call for expressions of interest in BiogasHeat coaching events – second round closing soon)

After the first round of applications was closed by 31 May and first coaching partners were selected, the consortium opened a second round of its call for expressions of interest. The deadline for the second round is 31 July. After the evaluation of received expressions of interest, a third round might be opened in August.

Find the full Call for Expressions of Interest here: Call for Expressions of Interest

What the coaching is about? Continue reading.

The experience so far shows that there is still a considerable potential of heat to be utilized. One of the main aims of the BiogasHeat project is to share expertise and experiences on how to use this available heat in an efficient way. Therefore, we are looking for coaching partners abroad in order to share our results with regard to technical, economic, legal and political issues.

In the earlier steps of the project we were able to gather valuable insights with regard to best practice examples, promising business cases and regulatory necessities which we would like to pass on. Our offer – which does not involve any specific coaching costs for you – is directed to regional authorities as well as operators of existing plants, operators and planners of future plants and heat consumers and we would like to kindly ask for your participation.

As selected coaching partner you will benefit from a visit by our consortium which will include a check of your facilities and a first round of training which will equip you with valuable insights. In a second round the consortium invites a few coaching partners to a second training in one of the project countries to allow for a more detailed and tailored approach. However, even if not selected the consortium will keep you informed and supply you with all training and coaching materials developed in the course of the project.

In order to declare your willingness to participate please fill in and sign the letter in Annex I (see link to the document below) which serves as Expression of Interest. The first selection will be based on the evaluation criteria that can be found in Annex II. Please return the form before 31 May 2014. Information on the evaluation will be published no later than 1 July 2014.

Please note that all data are treated confidentially. For questions please send an email to or call +32 2 740 21 10 (contact person – Ingo Wagner, Policy and Project Officer, Euroheat & Power – DHC+ Technology Platform).

Successful BiogasHeat workshop – coaching opportunities lying ahead

June 11th, 2014 | Posted by translator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Successful BiogasHeat workshop – coaching opportunities lying ahead)

More than 60 participants from across Europe and beyond gathered on 12 May to attend the first of a variety of coaching events aiming at increasing the efficiency of biogas incineration through heat utilisation. (click on the names of the speakers to access their presentations)

Heating demand accounts for nearly half our energy demands in Europe. Therefore, efficient supply mechanisms are crucial not just when it comes to Europe’s 2020 targets but also when dealing with import dependency and pricing issues. Paul Voss, Managing Director of Euroheat & Power, expressed his honest sympathy for the BiogasHeat project as it tackles the ‘elephant in the room’. As also Ilze Dzene, coordinator of the IEE-funded BiogasHeat project, agreed, heat from biogas is a domestic, green and cheap energy source, providing citizens with affordable, sustainable and secure comfort.

The BiogasHeat project started with the recognition that Europe wastes more (heat) energy than it imports and that this needs to change. The case of biogas is a special one, as the market is highly regulated an supported and plant owners often operate onbasis of public tariffs. The first step of the project was to map out the biogas markets in the nine target countries (AT, CZ, DE, DK, IT, HR, LV, PO, RO) and to compare economic, legal and political framework conditions. At the same time, heat utilisation options were identified and assessed. As the result shows, both, framework conditions and utilisation options, are highly diverse and depend on the country but also on the location of the biogas facility.

Missing awareness and limited knowledge, the variety of solutions, the high influence of framework conditions and more make it apparent that every case needs to be evaluated carefully in order to find the best option for all involved parties. In a second step, the project partners developed heat utilisation strategies based on a list of best practice examples that were collected across Europe. These strategies have served as starting point for the planning of heat utilisation facilities and have allowed for the implementation of a broad range of feasibility checks, providing operators and planners with a professional evaluation of their options and their situation including a way forward.

Building on this experience the consortium then started to wok on business cases, i.e. dealing with the realisation of heat utilisation project across the target countries. These cases produce economically and ecologically sound business options which are implemented in cooperation with the local communities.

Starting with this workshop, the project partners pass on the gathered knowledge and all experiences to all interested parties mainly aiming at operators, planners, heat consumers and authorities. Following presentations on the results of the three steps given by the respective responsible partner (Dominik Rutz, WIP, Christof Amann, e7, Tomas Vorisek, SEVEn), the workshop participants had the opportunity to learn more about their field of interest and to get engaged in discussions with the group. Two parallel sessions focused on the operators’ and on the authorities’ point of view offering more detailed approaches and cases.

The session for planners brought Agata Przadka, European Biogas Association, and Miroslav Kajan, President of the Czech biogas association, together with Christof Amann and Tomas Vorisek. The four speakers started with EU-wide issues before breaking them down in strategies, business cases and first-hand examples. Thanks to the participants a lively discussion developed.

The session for authorities started with a short analysis of the European political framework by Ingo Wagner, DHC+ Technology Platform, and continued with Rita Mergner’s, WIP, assessment of the national conditions. This framework part was complemented by Cristian Mihai Adamescu, Mangus Sol, who gave an intriguing overview over the influence of bureaucracy on the sector, and Roberto Picello’s presentation of the City of Este’s municipal best practice example.

This first coaching workshop was a great success not just providing knowledge to the participantsbut also providing feed-back to the consortium. This feed-back will be used to update the project results in order to be able to offer even more targeted and tailored coachings in the next months. From September on the consortium will host round table discussions in all project countries bringing together planners, operators, consumers, policy makers and more for knowledge exchange. Invitations will be circulated from July on. At the same time the consortium aims at passing on the gathered expertise to non-project countries. The partners offer a two-step coaching including visits to the coached entities as well as to best practice examples in the country of the coach. The Call for Expressions of Interest is open and can be downloaded on the project website. All interested parties are invited to participate.

BiogasHeat workshop about RES future policy in Latvia

January 29th, 2014 | Posted by Ilze Dzene in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on BiogasHeat workshop about RES future policy in Latvia)

28 January 2014 in Riga, conference room of Islande Hotel a BiogasHeat project organized discussion workshop “Does renewable energy have future in Latvia? Assessment of existing situation and possible future alternatives”.

The workshop was organized as part of the “BiogasHeat” project activities concerning capacity building for policy makers, authorities and biogas plant operators. This workshop was directed towards discussion about what should be the policy framework to support sustainable energy generation from renewable energy sources, including biogas.  Results of the existing support system and what can be expected in the future was broadly discussed among workshop participants.
The workshop was moderated by Reinis Āboltiņš, PROVIDUS – Centre for Public Relations, Researcher of Energy Policy.


The workshop was attended by more than 30 participants representing renewable energy (including biogas) producers, associations, district heating companies, local and regional governments, and ministries.