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Implementation plan for BioEnergy Farm (BIOENERGY FARM)

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The objective of this project was to increase the use and production of bioenergy and biofuels by farmers. This was 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 and feasibility of bioenergy or biofuels for their farm. If needed, promising cases were elaborated more in depth by experts.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 in order to support the implementation of these projects. 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 economic figures. Excursions were organised to view and learn from the best practises on location.

Results

  • The European Bioenergy Platform: a platform providing information on bioenergy options for farms. The platform attracked 35,365 visits from 23,396 unique visitors;
  • Bioenergy Scan: tool that has been used online 2,452 times and downloaded 592 times;
  • The development 83 business plans through expert assistance;
  • Creation of 43 bio-energy projects with a total output of over 50 MW;
  • A cumulative investment of M€ 95 by 2016.
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Lessons learned

  • 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 difficult to create a harmonised training programme that fulfils every trainees wishes and needs. Therefore trainings should be adapted to each circumstance, taking into account the technical background, capabilities and experiences of the trainees.
  • 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. This is even more clear for the collection of good data, which is one of the most time-consuming activities in such projects.
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Contact

Cornelissen Consulting Services B.V.
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Dr. Ir. R.L. Cornelissen
Tel: 
+31-570-667000
Name: 
tba
Name: 
Mr. Hans Damink

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In brief

Duration:
01/06/2010 to 01/04/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/09/637

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