The Biomass TradeCentre II project


The project was finished on 30.4.2014 but our work and this web page will remain.


The BiomassTradeCentreII project aimed at increasing the production and the use of energy from wood biomass by organising motivation events that engaged identified target groups to invest in biomass business and biomass logistic and trade centres (BLTC) in 9 EU countries (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain), by presenting clear, integrated and market orientated information to potential investors: farmers and forest owners, forest entrepreneurs, wood energy contractors and other stakeholders regarding business opportunities to produce and sell energy products and services to the market. It also fostered wood energy contracting between biomass providers and potential users.

Through the whole project period, the main activities of partners was directed towards addressing and engaging stakeholders. To support such activities training for partners were organized, different technical and more general publications were prepared and translated to different languages. All this activities are reflected in numerous events organized, high number of participants and hits on internet page.

Big success story of our project are all the actions carried out during project lifetime. In different ways we initiated several activities:
1. Establishment of new biomass businesses,
2. Creation of new Biomass trade centres,
3. Starting with energy contracting – even if implementation of such model was a big issue in some countries,
4. Establishing QA/QC system for wood fuels that can be easily implemented by smaller biomass / wood fuel producers,
5. Through our activities we directly involved more than 16.500 people. Trough internet page another group of stakeholders was reached, consequently we contributed a significant part to better knowledge on wood biomass in participating countries
6. It is difficult to estimate the total value of investments and activities that started but we believe that the impact will be seen through next years.

Promotion of new investments in wood biomass production

There are still unused potentials in the forests all across Europe. Actions envisaged in this WP will contribute to sustainable mobilization of wood biomass from forests, short rotation plantations and other resources by mobilizing potential investors to create new business.

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Implementation of Biomass trade and logistics centers

Local biomass markets in many countries are fragmented and unorganized. Biomass logistic and trade centers (BLTC) are a new and innovative way to develop and organize local biomass supply. BLTC are regional centers with optimized logistics and trading organization, where different biomass fuels...

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Implementation of wood energy contracting

Energy contracting is a market orientated model for selling heat produced from biomass to one or more users (as local or district heating). It is a new and innovative opportunity for investments with high added value appropriate for forest owners, farmers, and other target groups in rural areas.

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Promotion of Quality standards and sustainability criteria

Biomass quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) and tracing the origin of wood biomass will play an important role in the biomass heat and electricity market in the years to come (National schemes will support only quality and sustainable produced from renewable energy sources).

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The BiomassTradeCentreII project
aims at increasing the production and the use of energy from wood biomass by organizing motivation events that will engage identified target groups to invest in biomass business and biomass logistic and trade centers (BLTC) in 9 EU countries (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain), by presenting clear, integrated and market orientated information to potential investors: farmers and forest owners, forest entrepreneurs, wood energy contractors and other stakeholders regarding business opportunities to produce and sell energy products and services to the market. It will also foster wood energy contracting between biomass providers and potential users.

This project will further develop the idea of its predecessor - the BiomassTrade Centers project . The main lesson learned from this project is that apart from a concept of trade and logistics centers, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) are decisive for a greater consumption of energy from biomass on the market. Given this, it also aims at implementing biomass quality standards in biomass business, which will encourage the consumption and boost the biomass market and at creating a network of wood biomass laboratories that will help biomass producers and users to check wood biomass quality.
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