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Renewable energy from waste through gasification or incineration for heat, power or fuel production. A project on increased market-share through stakeholder group networks

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  • Collect knowledge about the most important barriers for an increased utilisation of energy from biomass from waste through incineration or gasification
  • Collect knowledge about the barriers for the utilisation of bioenergy from waste as motor fuels
  • Collect knowledge about the conditions to remove the barriers in order to increase the market share for bioenergy from waste
  • Present a proposal for a future network with special focus on participants, function, responsibilities and areas of work with the purpose of achieving an increased market share for bioenergy from waste.

The prospective and known barriers will be assessed and compiled and proposals for solutions to remove these barriers will be made. The work will separately focus on the conditions in Sweden, Norway, Germany and the EU as a whole.
The work in the project will comprise:

  • Literature surveys and interviews
  • Stakeholder seminars
  • Workshops for specific issues
  • A continuous dialogue between the participants in the network.

The work will be carried out in the following phases:

1. A survey of stakeholder groups

A stakeholder group have been established representing people from universities, waste management companies, energy companies, environmental organisations, authorities, engineering companies etc.

2. A survey and analysis of arguments against incineration and gasification of waste.
A survey of arguments against heat recovery from waste has been made. This has been done through interviews of influential persons, environmental movements and authorities and members of the Reference Group. Also sources as literature, websites and journals have been used. A seminar was held on September 19 in Stockholm gathering 22 persons.
The topics discussed were:
Arguments for and against incineration and gasification of waste.
Suitable wastes for energy recovery, potentials and quality demands.
A survey of barriers regarding technology, economy, legislation, environmental impact and transport logistics.

3. The survey of barriers is ongoing using literature studies and information from the Reference Group.
The work on developing an entire gasification plant concept for the RENEWA project has started by BBP. Such concept includes all required process units for syngas treatment and package units for Methanol/DME synthesis. The gasification island will be based on a proven combination between pyrolysis (of heterogeneous municipal waste) and simultaneous gasification of pyrolysis products. BBP will be responsible for overall Process - Flow - Diagram (PFD), plot plan and preliminary main equipment design. As a result of work, BBP will provide a cost estimation (capital & operating costs). Based on this information, it should be possible to calculate a rough specific price per tonne MeOH and DME. Such figures will be used for further assessment of process profitability.

4. An assessment of the market opportunities and production potential of energy from waste in Sweden, Norway, Germany and the EU.
The assessment is ongoing, mainly focusing on gathering data from different reports, official data and studies.

5. A proposal for the utilisation of a network in order to achieve an increased market share of bioenergy from waste

6. Preparation of project reports

7. Dissemination of the project results.


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Public (EU)
Other Programme
EC Multi-annual programme for the promotion of renewable energy sources in the Community, 1998-2002 (Altener 2)


Expected results:

The project is expected to propose solutions for the increased utilisation of bioenergy from various kinds of waste that is currently not utilised today. An increased use of utilisation of bioenergy from waste will contribute to reduce the growing problems with waste. The project results will contribute to a decline in the need for landfill, increased share of renewable energy, a reduction of the emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil energy use and leakage of methane from landfills. The use of the bioenergy from waste, which is not utilised today, is also expected to increase the domestic production of energy and thus contribute to decreasing the dependence on imported energy to the EU. This could be in the form of utilisation of heat or as combined heat and power (CHP). The study is also intended to assess the possibilities for an increased utilisation of renewable motor fuels for the transportation sector, with a specific focus on the expected future transition to fuel cell vehicles. The fuels of specific interest for these vehicles are fuels that are relatively simple to reform in an on-board reformer or fuels that need no external reforming. A broad list of barriers will be identified and assessed by the Stakeholder Group. This is also an important part of the dissemination of the results, which is aiming at an increase of the share of energy from waste.



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