Construction of biomass boiler improves Poland’s energy security

A major investment scheme in Silesia is leading to a significant increase in the amount of installed capacity for electricity from renewable sources. It also contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Finished in 2013, the project has increased electricity production using renewable resources. To accomplish this, a biomass boiler with a capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) was built, as well as a biomass storage and feed system. As a result, the projected volume of electricity produced from biomass across Poland is 9.8 %. The installed boiler burns approximately 350 000 tonnes of forest and agricultural biomass in total, with forest biomass accounting for 80 %, and agricultural biomass for 20%.

The initiative includes site preparation and the construction and testing of numerous systems. To ensure the sustainability of the system, the project also includes staff training and other information and promotion campaigns.

Environmental impact

Implementation of the scheme significantly increased the share of energy capacity produced from renewable energy resources in the Silesia Province. It also reduced greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), limiting the negative impact of electricity generation on the environment, including climate change, while also increasing the diversification of the energy mix. Taken together, this all means a substantial improvement to Poland’s energy security.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of a biomass boiler at PKE S.A. Power Plant Jaworzno III Power Plant II" is EUR 69 221 109, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 9 797 901 under the operational programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007-2013 programming period, under the priority axis “Energy security, including the diversification of energy sources”.

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