Handbook available: How to realize a Bioenergy Village

Toolkit for financing options, contractual issues and ownership models completed

The BioVill partner KEA has recently issued a handbook comprising guidance on possible financing options, operating and ownership models and contractual issues between the different actors engaged in the development of a bioenergy village.

The handbook provides holistic guidance on energy conservation measures in buildings as well as the implementation of renewable energy systems to produce power and/or heat in bioenergy villages. Emphasizing the social engagement of the initiators, the handbook covers the various phases and challenges throughout the development of a bioenergy village. The recommendations and insights are derived from long-term experience in the establishment and the accompaniment of bioenergy villages in Germany and Austria. They contain both generic information on how to initialize a bioenergy village as well as business models described in detail in order to illustrate concrete calculations.

The handbook can be downloaded here.

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Second BioVill Project Meeting

Target villages in South-East Europe are selected

The BioVill partners met in Belgrade for the second project meeting on June 30th and July 1st, 2016. The project meeting was organized by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and held in the premises of the SCTM (Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities). Considerable progress was made with regard to the collection of best practices in Germany, Austria and other European countries as well as the selection of the BioVill target villages in Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

The BioVill partners developed a report on bioenergy village best practices in Germany, Austria and other European countries. The best practice examples provide an inside into the economic and technic specifications of already existing bioenergy villages. The report will be published on the BioVill homepage soon.

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The BioVill project has started

Kick-off Meeting took place in Freising – Germany

Many South East European countries have high biomass potentials, but they are often not or inefficiently used for local energy supply and regional economic development. Bioenergy villages produce and use most of its energy demand from local biomass sources. Bioenergy villages contribute to the climate and environmental protection and strengthen the local and regional economy.

BioVill is co-funded and supported by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is designed to support the development of regional bioenergy concepts and the establishment of bioenergy villages in Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. This will be achieved by identifying suitable biomass value chains according to local and regional needs and transferring existing experiences in Austria, Germany and other European countries to the South-Eastern European partners.

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