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Implementation plan for BioEnergy Farm (BIOENERGY FARM)

Project brief
Key action: Biobusiness
Status: Closed
Coordinator: Dr. Ir. R.L. Cornelissen
Cornelissen Consulting Services B.V., Netherlands
Tel: +31-570-667000
Partners: Biogas-E, Belgium
Estonian Federation of Farmers (EFF), Estonia
Estonian University of Life Sciences / Eesti Maaülikool (EULS), Estonia
German Society of sustainable Biogas and Bioenergy utilisation, Germany
Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Confederation Italian Farmers (CIA), Italy
University of Turin, Italy
STIMULAND, Netherlands
ZET Solutions (ZET), Netherlands
National Energy Conservation Agency (NAPE), Poland
Benefits: Information about the feasibility of bioenergy and biofuels for farmers. The effect of this project on farmers is that there is active engagement of the agricultural sector in the production of biofuels and bioenergy.
Keywords: BioEnergy, Farms, Biogas, Wood combustion, Anaerobic digestion
Duration: 01/06/2010 - 01/04/2013
Budget: EUR 1 210 751 (EU contribution: 75%)
Contract number: IEE/09/637


The objective of this project was an increase in the use and production of bioenergy and biofuels by farmers. This wass achieved by providing information to farmers on the possibilities and feasibility of the available options.
Such information was provided by the European Bioenergy Platform. Individual farmers are now able to do an online Bioenergy Quick Scan to assess the profitability of bioenergy or biofuels for their farm. If needed, promising cases were elaborated more in depth by experts.
The expert scan includes a more detailed calculation to determine the profitability and feasibility of bioenergy for each farm.
During the project, a training programme has been developed and implementated to train experts in performing the bioenergy scans. The experts have drafted business plans for projects that appeared to be feasible, for the support of the implementation of the project. The expert scan led to 83 detailed business cases of which 43 are promising. An important part of the programme was the compilation and updating of a list of best practises, including economical figures. Excursions were organised to view and learn from the best practises on location.

  • A European Bioenergy Platform: A platform providing information for the bioenergy options on the farm. Which attracked 35.365 visits from 23.396 unique visitors;
  • An useful Bioenergy Scan, which was used online 2452 times and downloaded 592 times;
  • The expert assistance has led to 83 business plans;
  • 43 bio-energy projects with a total output of over 50 MW will be realized;
  • The project will have resulted in a cumulative investment of M€ 95 by 2016.

Lessons learnt
  • In International projects such as this one, due to the multi-cultural reasons, tasks and deliverables need to be explained very precisely from the beginning. Each partner should have a clear understanding of the responsibilities and roles for each activity. In this way, resources are saved and costs reduced.
  • Due to the different situations regarding bioenergy in the partner regions it is being difficult to create a harmonised training programme that fulfils every trainees wishes. Therefore trainings should be adapted to each circumstance, taking into account the technical background, capabilities and experiences of the trainees. In this way the trainees take more profit of the courses, although this might require more efforts from the consortium.
  • Creating detailed tools that can be used in all countries is difficult and time-consuming due to the different subsidy approaches and other circumstances which need to be taken into account. Especially the collection of good data is more time-consuming than foreseen. Also the translation of the tool into different languages is time-consuming as it has to be translated every time that the tool is updated and because of the amount of technical, specialised information contained in the tool.

Final Report
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Market description
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Summary of the project results
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Collecting data report
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Implementation guide
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Overview on bioenergy financing
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