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"Bioenergy-Promotion" - Overcoming the non-technical barriers of project-implementation for bioenergy in condensed urban environments (BIOPROM)

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The mission is to identify and to overcome non-technical barriers for the implementation of bioenergy facilities in urban areas. The project includes a survey and an analysis into five European regions with special focus on interregional knowledge transfer and exchange of experiences (best-practise-models). The overall aims are: - Initiation of ten bioenergy projects – two per region - External workshops to train farmers and public bodies in realizing bioenergy projects - Communication of best-practise-examples, case studies and success factors, in order to stimulate a network and to accelerate the process and the development of renewable energy technologies, supported by the German Legislation (EEG-Gesetz) and the European Commission.


  • The results of a questionnaire, in the first phase of the project show, that the economic factors (e.g. public money) by implementing a biomass facility are considered the strongest barrier by experts like farmers, planers, engineers and public authorities. Pellets and biofuels can play the main role as a fuel for biomass facilities in urban areas.
  • The project website informs stakeholders, farmers and public bodies and provides them with some new information from other areas and regions too.
  • A series of lectures at the University Stuttgart, with experts from industry, research and government have taken place to inform interested people about the most recent activities and news in the field of bioenergy.
  • Additionaly a new broschure lists up some examples and encourages new projects and intentions. Besides that the initialisation of new financial support programmes is expected.

Lessons learned

  • The location of biomass facilities is a much more important barrier than expected.
  • The information deficits are higher than expected, and there is a need for more objective information, especially in Austria, where the survey showed, that information deficits are considered the strongest barrier.
  • The series of lectures at the University Stuttgart will be continued and they have to be complemented by an annual congress on biomass facilities in urban areas and by transferring the existing trade fair to a more suitable location. Last updated: 23.06.2010

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Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation
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Markus Siehr
00352 788 272 800


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01/01/2005 to 30/06/2007
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