The BioEnergy Farm project is concerned with increasing the use and production of bioenergy and biofuels in agriculture. To achieve this goal, it offers farmers, foresters and landowners free access to:
• Reliable information on bioenergy and biofuels
• Calculation tools necessary to evaluate profitability of bioenergy and biofuels for each individual case
• Expert advice and support
The BioEnergy Farm internet platform is a place where all of the above is available for free, in seven languages: English, Italian, German, Dutch, Polish, Estonian, and French.
What is more, BioEnergy Farm also organized workshops and excursions for farmers to present them the possibilities of bioenergy in agriculture, familiarize them with the Online BioEnergy Scan, teach how to interpret the results, and to show them how projects dealing with biogas, biomass combustion, and energy crops are realized. Having completed the Online BioEnergy Scan with a positive result, farmers receive support from experts who analyze their specific situation and propose most feasible solutions. The experts also assist in preparing a business plans for bioenergy projects implementation.
The online calculation tools developed in the framework of the project include:
• Biomass tool Energyfarm
• Short rotation forestry tool
• Forestry4energy tool
• Biogas production scan
• Wood combustion scan
There are also more advanced offline tools available for download, also for free, and publications such as financing and implementation guides for bioenergy projects, along with best case examples.
The analytic tools that were developed for agricultural advisors allow for introducing figures based on readymade sets of input data, such as production and composition of manure, depending on the amount and type of livestock, composition and productivity of different organic substrates, preliminary evaluation of individual components of the cost based on the information which can be obtained without technical expertise, etc.
The project is realized within the framework of the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme. It was conceived as a response to the need of increasing the market share of renewable energy in the European Union. At present, the agricultural sector is facing difficulties due to the economic crisis and production quota. These factors prompt European farmers to look for new sources of income. One of the most promising options is the generation of bioenergy and biofuels, serving both the agricultural community and the European energy policy.
Cornelissen Consulting Services B.V., Netherlands - Project coordinator
University of Turin, Italy
National Energy Conservation Agency, Poland
University of Stuttgart, Germany
Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
German Society for sustainable Biogas and Bioenergy Utilisation, Germany
Confederation Italian Farmers, Italy
ZET Solutions, Netherlands
Estonian Federation of Farmers, Estonia