First Pilot Audit of BIOmasud® in Greece

On July 13th 2018, CERTH organised the first BIOmasud® pilot audit in Greece at the BioAlten pellet production plant in the framework of the Biomasud Plus project.

The scope of the audit was to check whether olive tree pruning pellets could comply with the quality requirements of the revised BIOmasud® Handbook.

The production of olive tree pruning pellets is a demonstration activity within the framework of the AGROinLOG (Horizon 2020-Grant Agreement No 727961) focusing on Integrated Biomass Logistics Centres (IBLCs). The raw material was collected in spring 2018 in the area of Agios Konstantinos, Fthiotida by the local agricultural cooperative.Continue reading

La planta de Greenalia en Sigüeiro (A Coruña) obtiene la certificación BIOMASUD para astillas de calidad

La empresa Greenalia Woodchips S.L.U., ubicada en Sigüeiro (A Coruña), acaba de obtener la certificación de biocombustibles sólidos BIOMASUD para astillas de calidad, gestionada en España por la Asociación Española de Valorización Energética de la Biomasa, AVEBIOM, que lleva en funcionamiento en el país desde 2014.

El objetivo de este sello, que también reconoce la sostenibilidad, es garantizar la calidad de la biomasa de uso doméstico en la región mediterránea de acuerdo a los estándares internacionales (astilla, ISO 17225-4), nacionales (hueso, UNE 164003; y de cáscaras de frutos secos, UNE 164004).Continue reading

Quality assessment of Mediterranean solid biofuels

Within the BIOMASUD PLUS Project there is an special chapter (WP3) dedicated to define the quality requirements of residential solid biofuels that will be integrated into the BIOMASUD certification scheme. Besides to the existing solid biofuels, the scheme will be extended to new solid biofuels produced in the Mediterranenan countries.

Nowadays, there are no international (ISO) quality standards to grade important commercial Mediterranean solid biofuels like olive stones and dry fruit shells. Two Spanish national standards are available since 2014 to grade olive stones (UNE 164003:2014) and fruit shells (UNE 164004:2014) for residential use. Continue reading

Update of the GIS on-line tool BIORAISE

Within WP2, task 2.3 aims at the updating and extension of the web service BIORAISE to the participant countries of Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Turkey), and France. The platform provides biomass resources information and exploitation costs, together with energetic content and stakeholders databases. The target is quantification of resources for residential heating solid biofuels production, from the field productivities to derive potential biomass resources and availability on the basis of environmental constraints and efficiency in the harvesting processes. Transport to transforming plants is considered in the logistics assessment of the biomass supply chain.Continue reading

First Pilot Audits of the improved Biomasud Certification

In the Task 6.3 the objective of the partners responsible of the label license in each country is to implement the certification system in at least two companies producing or distributing heating solid biofuels within respective countries.

First pilot audits have been conducted already where BIOMASUD partners are checking the improvements made to the previous version of the quality and sustainability certification scheme. Major changes are the new biofuels included (olive tree & vineyard prunings, walnuts and pistachio shells) and sustainability requirements which are being improved and putting in line with the new RED directive which negotiation is almost finished a shorty will be published.Continue reading

Biomasud Plus supports the celebration of the Greek Bioenergy Day!

The European Bioenergy day campaign was launched this year by AEBIOM, the European Biomass Association, in order to raise awareness about the importance of bioenergy in the European energy mixture. The Bioenergy Day of each state corresponds to that date of the year from which onwards the country could theoretically fuel its final energy consumption exclusively with bioenergy.Continue reading

Biomasud Plus workshop in EXPOBIOMASA and 4th follow-up meeting

During the EXPOBIOMASA fair (September28th) a Biomasud Plus project (H2020 program) dissemination workshop took place with the aim of informing about the latest activities and results of the project as well as the BIOmasud® certification itself.

The main objective of the Horizon 2020 Biomasud Plus project is to improve the BIOmasud® quality and sustainability certification system for Mediterranean biomasses. For this purpose, various market studies of these solid biofuels are being carried out.

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Conclusions of the report on the market of combustion systems for Mediterranean biomasses

Within the frame of Biomasud Plus activities, CERTH, with the assistance of the project consortium, performed a detailed study of the state-of-the-art combustion systems (boilers and stoves) available for domestic heating. The report covers the participating Mediterranean countries (Croatia, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey) and includes detailed information regarding the following aspects of domestic heating systems operating with solid biofuels:

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Sustainability Requirements

As part of the BIOMASUD PLUS Project, task 4.1 was part of the WP 4 targeted at “Improving the sustainability requirements of the BIOMASUD Label”. Thus, the scope of Task 4.1 included the review of current sustainability criteria in the BIOMASUD scheme for their update. The review particularly sought the opportunity of supplementing existing sustainability Principles (GHG and energy demand) with new ones, adapting the applicability of these new principles to each of the sources selected for the different biomass categories that BIOMASUD Plus will cover.

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Residential heating solid biofuels market state of the art

A residential heating solid biofuels market state of the art was carried within Task 2.1. The report is composed of 4 parts: market state of the art, statistical report of the market, SWOT analyses, and a report with the conclusions of a survey made to final users to study the public acceptance of the studied biofuels.
The full report can be downloaded from the following link

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