7. Fachmesse für Erneuerbare und Alternative Energien
BioFuel 2014
4. bis 7. Juni in Kiew, Ukraine
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Ukraine commissions renewable energy facilities with capacity of 539.1 MW in 2013
In 2013 Ukraine commissioned renewable energy facilities with a total capacity of 539.1 MW, which was 50.6% more than in 2012, Deputy Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Serhiy Dubovyk said. As of January 1, 2014, the installed capacity of renewable energy facilities that operate on feed-in tariffs was to 1.216 GW.
The capacity of solar power facilities operating on feed-in tariffs in 2013 grew from 371.6 MW to 746.9 MW, that of wind farms from 275.7 MW to 370.7 MW, small hydropower units from 73.5 MW to 75.3 MW, and those using biomass from 4.2 MW to 17.2 MW. In addition, biogas plants with a capacity of 6.5 MW started operating on feed-in tariffs in 2013.
Several solar power plants with an installed capacity of 100 MW were commissioned late in 2013, which was conducive to a slight increase in power output for the whole of 2013. Ukraine's Energy and Coal Industry Ministry recently reported that power generation by power plants using renewable sources, apart from large hydroelectric power plants, doubled in 2013 or grew by 608.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), to 1.247 billion kWh.
The share of electricity generated from renewable sources (wind, solar and biomass) of total generation grew from 0.32% in 2012 to 0.64% in 2013.
31.01.2014 Source: Interfax

Energy market liberalization law takes effect from January 1
The law on the functioning of the electricity market of Ukraine, which foresees the liberalization of the country's wholesale electricity market, took effect on January 1, 2014.
Before the law became effective, Ukraine had an energy market with a single buyer, while the new law foresees the introduction of a model of direct contracts, a market of contracts "for the next day" and a balancing market, which will enable imbalances in electricity production to be corrected. It also assumes the creation of a market of additional services for the purchase of flexible capacities.
The most contentious issue in the law is the creation of a fund to regulate cost imbalances and its filling exclusively at the expense of funds from nuclear and hydroelectric power plants. According to representatives of the nuclear industry, the main function of the fund will be receiving funds from energy generating companies that are owned by the state (nuclear, hydro and pumped storage hydro power plants) for their further use to cover losses of thermal generation, which is mainly privately owned, as well as guaranteed suppliers. Payments for electricity sold at feed-in tariffs will be carried out through the fund, and the losses of guaranteed suppliers will be reimbursed from the sale of electricity to consumers at regulated rates and charges from the purchase of electricity generated by combined heat and power plants and other stations with a combined production of electricity at regulated prices, and its sale at market prices.
02.01.2014 Source: Interfax

BRD creates 15,000 “green” working places in Ukrainian power economy
Within the frames of the Ukraine Energy Efficiency Program (UKEEP) in 2007-2011, Ukrainian enterprises were credited to the amount totaling USD 220 million. On the USELF program (Ukrainian Sustainable Energy Facility Program) about EUR 100 million has been allocated in 2012-2013. Investments allowed creating more than 15,000 working places directly in the sphere of “green energy..
Especially significant effect was obtained in the bioenergy sector, since the construction and operation and biothermal power plants and combined bio-heat and energy stations imply placing of additional orders and collection and storage of biofuels at forestry and agricultural enterprises. Thus, the company EIG Engineering, by attracting the EBRD loan amounting to EUR 15.9 million (within the USELF program) for the construction of the Ivankiv biothermal power plant on the wood chips of 18 MW capacity has already established about 1,000 legitimate jobs. We are talking about Ukrainian citizens, engaged in construction of the facility, its maintenance, wood fuel storage, transportation and other areas.
06.12.2013 Source: Urkinform / Analytical center EIG Engineering

Record volume of alternative energy received in Crimea
For the first nine months of 2013, with the help of renewable energy sources, Crimea obtained 285.7 million kWh of electricity, which corresponds to 30% of the total energy on the peninsula. According to experts, from January to September this year, solar electric plants produced 251.2 million kWh, wind power plants - 34.6 million kWh, covering together 6.6% of total energy consumption of Crimea. In early November, the total installed capacity of "green" energy objects in Crimea was fixed at the level of 295.5 MW, including solar power - 227.3 MW and wind farms - 68.2 MW.
Experts believe that the region has a huge potential for alternative energy, primarily wind and solar. But construction of alternative power plants requires huge investments. For example, in order to build additional capacity of 1 MW, it is necessary to build high voltage networks over the entire region, to build new sub-stations, and this means billions in investment programs. By the way, a loan of more than a billion dollars received by Ukraine from China has been issued just for development of alternative energy.
According to experts, by 2020, Ukraine will increase the share of alternative energy of total electricity generation in the country to 15-20%.There are good reasons for such an optimistic forecast. Today, the pace of alternative energy development in Ukraine beats all records. In 2013, the total installed capacity of solar power plants Ukrainian (SPP) increased by 51.4 %. And for three years, the total capacity of solar power plants in Ukraine has risen more than 100 times. As for the wind power plants (WPP), Ukraine can be an example for other countries. According to experts, Ukraine is the second largest in the world by the fastest growing of the wind energy industry.
Very rapid growth in the alternative energy sector is due to a noticeable influx of private investments in this sector. Their sum is currently more than USD 20 billion. But by 2015, the amount of investments in the "green" energy sector of Ukraine, according to experts, could reach USD 5 billion.
21.11.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Domestic facilities of renewable energy generate almost 1,000 MW
The capacity of renewable energy facilities in Ukraine as of October 1, 2013 is 960.7 MW. Its annual growth rate reached 36%. Chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Mykola Pashkevych said this while presenting a draft National Action Plan on Renewable Energy until 2020. "As of October 1, 2013 the installed capacity of renewable energy facilities was 960.7 MW. This year, 315 MW has been commissioned. This is 36% more than last year. Over the past 9 months, Ukraine has produced more than 1 billion kW/hours of electricity, which made it possible to replace the energy resources in the amount of 400,000 tonnes of fuel," Pashkevych said.
According to him, in 2020 the share of energy sources produced from renewable energy sources shall be not less than 11% of the total final consumption of energy resources. "It is possible to meet the goal. This is proved by the rate of development of this sector, there is a capacity and government support," he added.
08.11.2013 Source: Urkinform

Ukraine will be provided with domestic biofuel
Capacities of the state enterprise Ukrspyrt as regards bioethanol production in 2014 will increase to 150,000 tonnes, thanks to this the country will fully provide for the needs of its domestic biofuel market. "Total capacity of the Ukrspyrt corporation plants engaged in biethanol production is about 100,000 tonnes. Also distilleries are being modernized, whose capacity will make up additional 50,000 tonnes per year, and their reconstruction to be completed as early as January 1, 2014," a statement reads.
Today, the following plants are ready for bioethanol production, such as Naumivka (9,500 tonnes per year) and Ivashkivka (7,200 tonnes per year) distilleries, Khorostkiv spirits distillery (47,400 tonnes), Haisyn Distillery (10,600 tonnes per year), Luzhany experimental plant (8,200 million tonnes per year), Barsky spirit combine (11,000 tonnes per year), Chervonensky plant (7,100 tonnes per year).
To remind, according to the Law No. 4970-VI “On amendments to some laws of Ukraine on production of motor fuels containing bio-components" total gasoline sold in Ukraine, must contain at least 5% of bioethanol in 2014-2015. And from 2016, the obligatory share of bioethanol in gasoline is increased to 7%.
29.10.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Transcarpathia named most energy efficient region in Ukraine
Zakarpattia region is declared the most effective region in Ukraine for energy consumption. "The region has won first place in the energy efficiency ranking of Ukraine (Ukrainian Energy Index 2013), the results of which were presented on October 16 in Kyiv at the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum. The overall efficiency of energy consumption in Zakarpattia region was 64.3% of the EU rate," the report said.
The energy efficiency of Ukraine's regions was evaluated for industry, agriculture, services and housing sectors as a percentage of the average energy efficiency of these sectors of economy in the European Union, which the ranking makers took as a standard (100%). The difference between the figures of the region and the standard defines the potential of each region for energy efficiency. The greater the difference is, the lower the efficiency of the region, and, consequently, the greater the amount of energy you can save, approaching EU standards.
Chernihiv region is ranked second in the Ukrainian Energy Index 2013 with 63.8%, followed by Vinnytsia region - 62.9% of the EU rate. The ranking makers noted that the high places of these regions were provided by the lack of energy-intensive industries and the high energy efficiency of the housing sector in these regions.
The energy efficiency ranking was initiated and sponsored by SCM, whereas the BEST analytical center was responsible for the development of the methodology and the conduct of the survey.
17.10.2013 Source: press center of Zakarpattia Regional State Administration

More than 1 billion kWh of green electricity produced in Ukraine
Since the beginning of the year, the renewable energy sources objects produced over 1 billion of kWh of green electric energy. As of September 1, 2013, the rated capacity of the renewable sources objects makes up 956.2 MW, at the same time, 310.5 MW was put into exploitation this year, and this is 32% up against the entire year of 2012, Chairman of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Mykola Pashkevych noted. As result of energy efficiency measures within the frames of regional energy efficiency programs, over 5.7 billion cu m of gas was saved. The state agency chairman added that over recent years, about EUR 360 million was attracted only to solar energy. The official named Lviv region a leader in the energy saving program over the previous five years. Next come Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr regions.
04.10.2013 Source: State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine

EBRD provides loan to build solar power plant in Odesa region
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has decided to provide a EUR 5.4 million to Teplodar PiVi LLC (Odesa region) for the development, construction and operation of a 4.2 MW solar power plant. The financing arranged by the Bank will include an 8-year EBRD loan of EUR 3.9 million and a 15-year loan of EUR 1.5 million from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF). Upon completion, the solar power plant will be connected to the grid and will benefit from Ukraine's green tariff law, under which the government guarantees the purchase at a fixed rate until 2030 of all electricity produced by local renewable power plants.
The new solar energy project is part of the EBRD Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility (USELF), an investment program of EUR 70 million (EUR 50 million from the EBRD and EUR 20 million from the CTF) designed to provide finance to private local enterprises wishing to invest in renewable energy projects in Ukraine. Technical assistance for project preparation and for regulatory and environmental assessment is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).
The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. As of August 1, 2013 the Bank had committed over EUR 8.55 billion ($11.4 billion) across 327 projects in Ukraine.
24.09.2013 Source: press service of EBRD

China to help build three biofuel plants in Ukraine
Ukraine and China in the next few days will sign the necessary documents to build in our country three factories for the production of bioethanol (ethanol, produced in processing of vegetable raw materials to be used as biofuel). Minister of Agriculture and Food Mykola Prysiazhniuk Prysiazhniuk explained that the Ukrainian side will purchase equipment at China for the plants. They will be build on the basis of old distilleries in Odesa, Kyiv regions and most likely in Ternopil. The construction of the three plants will enable to process an additional 1 million tonnes of corn per year.
China's finance and technology assistance to produce biofuels in Ukraine began to be discussed at the beginning of last year. The idea was that distilleries, which today are unprofitable or use obsolete equipment, be converted into ethanol production. After that Ukraine was visited by the Chinese side, which made the assessment of the enterprises and prepared the technical documentation for the modernization.
19.09.2013 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

EBRD to provide EUR 33 m loan to Novoazovskiy Wind Park
The EBRD is continuing to promote renewable energy solutions for Ukraine, one of the most energy-intensive countries in Eastern Europe. The latest Bank project will see Novoazovskiy Wind Park in Donetsk region - one of the largest privately-owned wind energy projects in Ukraine - receive an EBRD loan of up to EUR 33.3 million and a parallel loan from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) of up to EUR 15.5 million. The project funds will help operate the 57.5 MW wind farm.
Novoazovskiy Wind Park represents a sustainable model of energy generation and will benefit from Ukraine's green tariff law, which was adopted with the support of the EBRD. Under this law, the government guarantees the purchase at a fixed rate until 2030 of all electricity produced by local renewable power plants. Such plants are assured of selling 100 per cent of their electricity supply to the national grid and should receive full and timely payments.
13.09.2013 Source: press service of EBRD

Ukraine to build two bioenergy thermal power plants
By the end of 2016, EIG Engineering plans to build two thermal power plants (TPP) based on solid biomass with a total capacity of 40 MW. The first 20-MW station will be built in the town of Dubrovytsia, Rivne region, the second TPP with similar capacity - in Horodnia, Chernihiv region.
A reminder that wood chips will be used as fuel. Fuel for the thermal power plants will be purchased at state-owned forest farms located within a radius of 150 km from the new facilities. It is assumed that part of the "green" electricity generated by the new thermal power plants will be sold to the united energy system of Ukraine. In addition, partially the electricity will also be distributed to the districts of operation of the new power plants. This, firstly, will improve the quality of supplying electricity to the local population, and, secondly, ensure uninterrupted power supply to the regions.
The approximate amount of investment in the two projects will be around EUR 66 million. Putting Dubrovytsia and Horodnia bioenergy TTPs into operation will create about 200 new jobs. In addition, the purchase of the local non-merchantable timber at UAH 30-40 million a year will significantly increase tax revenues to local budgets and increase trade in the regions.
EIG Engineering was established in 2006. It deals with the implementation of investment projects "turnkey" in the field of alternative energy.
10.09.2013 Source: press service of EIG Engineering

MP proposes that government increase share of green energy in Energy Strategy 2030
Ukraine's government has been proposed to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy balance of the country as part of improving the Energy Strategy 2030.This initiative was put forward by First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Sector, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety Oleh Zarubinsky MP. "If we are talking about the European path, we should adopt European trends, and it is 40-50 percent of renewable energy in 10-15 years, when it comes, for example, about Germany and the Nordic countries," Zarubinsky noted. According to him, currently the share of renewable energy in the energy balance does not reach 1 percent. "Therefore, it is necessary to invest in the solar, wind, hydro-electric power stations - in the energy, associated with the renewable sources, and not with what the 'mother nature' has given," the MP stressed.
As reported, in late July the government approved the updated Energy Strategy of Ukraine 2030. The text of the document has not yet been made public. In the baseline scenario it has been assumed that by 2030, solar, wind and small hydro power plants will generate 13 billion kW/h of electricity compared to 0.8 billion kW/h in 2012. After the adoption of the document, it was proposed to increase this figure three times to about 40 billion kW/h. According to experts, the development of renewable energy at a faster rate carries risks of technological stability of the integrated energy system. European countries, including Germany and Spain, have already reduced subsidies for renewable energy. The Czech Republic, due to the threat of a trouble-free operation of the network, reduced the tariff for such generation two-fold. At the same time, in the country after the introduction of 1,600 MW of "green generation" in 2011, electricity rose in price by 13 percent for households and 25-28 percent - for the industry.
04.09.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Scientists working over biofuel development program for 2013-2014
The national agroindustrial complex has enough raw materials for production of solid biofuel. Therefore, a Program for development of energy production from biological raw materials and the action plan for 2013-2014 will be developed in Ukraine in the nearest future. The use of biological types of fuel will help reducing the country's dependence on imports of energy resources, whose price rises. In addition, biofuel production will promote creation of new working places, improvement of the ecological situation, etc.
To remind, according to the Law of Ukraine “On amending some Laws of Ukraine on production and use of motor fuels with biological components,” a gradual increase of the mandatory content of bioethanol is set in production of blended gasoline. In particular, in 2013 - 225,000 tonnes (mandatory bioethanol content no less than 5%); in 2014-2015 - 225,000 tonnes (mandatory bioethanol content no less than 5%); from 2016 - 315,000 tonnes (mandatory bioethanol content no less than 7%).
29.07.2013 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Energy potential of agriculture waste equated with 17 billion cu m of gas each year
Ukraine has biomass potential, which is estimated at 27 million tonnes of the oil equivalent a year. And the biomass energy potential of agricultural waste is almost 20 million tonnes of the oil equivalent, which is equated with 17 billion cu m of natural gas every year. Hryhoriy Kaletnik, Chairman of the VR Committee on agricultural policy and land relations, has stressed this at the international bioenergy forum “Use of agricultural production waste potential as a source for renewable energy in Ukraine”. It is possible to satisfy 13% of Ukraine's need in primary energy through attraction of this energy production potential. And using possibilities of the land resource - production of biomass and processing it for fuel - may totally satisfy the necessary need in Ukraine's energy sources,” Kaletnik stressed. He also said that by computations of scientists, biomass from 10 million ha in Ukraine will enable to fully remove the problem of oil products import - this is 80% to their annual need. “Ukraine consumes approximately 5 million tonnes of gasoline and 6 million tonnes of diesel fuel. In other words, 80% of these can be produced as biofuel,” Hryhoriy Kaletnik noted.
23.05.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Share of biofuel six fold less in energy balance of Ukraine against European Union
According to the energy balance data of Ukraine, out of total supply of primary energy, which is over 130 million of the oil equivalent for our country, biofuel is only 1.48 million tonnes, which is 1.14% in the energy supply structure. For comparison, a similar index in the EU countries makes up 6.72%. “Such a low share of biofuel energy in the national structure of the energy balance raises concern. Because the existing biotech waste potential is rather high in Ukraine. According to our estimates, judging from the volume of grain and oil-bearing crops, whose straw and the production waste can be used for energy production, it is possible to ensure up to 15% of primary energy consumption,” Executive Director of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club Oleksandr Verzhykhovksy said.
The issue, according to him, becomes more important in the context of strengthening Ukraine's energy independence, which, as it is known, considerably relies in its energy balance on imported energy carriers, primarily, natural gas, whose share in energy consumption exceeds 35%.
17.05.2013 Source: Ukrainian Agribusiness Club

Energy willow to be planted on over 5,000 hectares of unproductive land in Rivne region
Growing of willow for energy started in the northern provinces of Rivne region, where there is a lot of unproductive land. Permits were issued for the development of more than 5,000 hectares of land. RINFORM learned from the State Agency of Land Resources. "Energy willow over time can become an alternative to gas, coal and peat. A thermal power station will open in Rivne for its processing. This is one of the possible ways to use plots that are not processed, so our priority today is to reduce the amount of unproductive land," Svitlana Bohatyrchuk-Kryvko, head of the land agency's department in Rivne region said.
In Ukraine, energy willow was planted in Ivano-Frankivsk, Volyn, Lviv, Ternopil and Rivne regions. In the EU, the use of energy crops is especially popular. In Denmark, willow is grown only on 500 hectares of agricultural land, while in Sweden willow plantations account for up to 20,000 hectares.
07.05.2013 Source: State Agency of Land Resources

Ukraine, Finland to deepen agriculture cooperation
Ukraine and Finland agreed to enhance cooperation in agriculture. This has been discussed at a meeting of Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Ivan Bisiuk with members of the parliamentary delegation of the Republic of Finland. "Our countries are reliable partners, but we would like to strengthen cooperation. Thus, Ukraine is interested in implementing investment projects in the field of fisheries, particularly in the area of crayfish breeding. Finland also has a positive experience of developed forest management, so we are interested in joint implementation of a project of technical assistance. Apart from this, Ukraine is interested in the analysis of the status and prospects for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas and other alternative fuels," the official said.
A reminder that the trade turnover of agricultural products between Ukraine and Finland in 2012 was $ 15.7 million. In the first three months of this year the trade turnover stood at $ 3.3 million, imports - $ 2.9 million, and exports - $ 0.4 million.
29.04.2013 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Vin-Pellet to process straw into biofuel
The plant Vin-Pellet in Vinnytsia region will process straw into biofuel, Oleksiy Timofeev, general director of Smart Energy (management company within the group Smart Holding), told reporters during his visit to the plant. "We will work in Vinnytsia region with a new for Ukraine type of raw material - agricultural waste. Tracking the situation in the energy sector, we plan to increase the total capacity of the project from 10 to 20 plants in order to collect 3,000,000 tonnes of pellets. This production, when reaches its design capacity, will use 15-20% of the straw that is left on the fields," Timofeev said. According to the investor, today the plant is under trials and by the end of 2013 it plans to reach a capacity of 75 thousand tonnes per year, or 12 tonnes per hour. The specifics of this project involve the collection of all agricultural biomass: straw of wheat, rye, soybeans, buckwheat, and even corn. Raw materials for the plant are now collected in a radius of 50 kilometers in seven districts of the region. Farmers receive about 40 UAH per ton of raw material.
Markets for biofuel are mainly concentrated in Europe, but in the future the production will be focused on the domestic consumer. As the manufacturer says, this is a good alternative to gas: a ton of pellets replaces two thousand cubic meters of gas, which may save several billion cubic meters of gas per year.
Around 25 million euros has already been invested in the plant. Total costs on the plant's reaching its full capacity will be about 30 million euros. The company may build one or two factories a year.
Smart Energy is the managing company within the group Smart Holding, which is responsible for the development of projects in the field of hydrocarbons production and alternative power industry. Smart Holding is one of the largest investment groups in Ukraine focusing on the metals and mining, oil and gas industry, shipbuilding, real estate and agriculture. The company is controlled by businessman Vadim Novinsky.
17.04.2013 Source: Smart Energy

Spain allocates EUR 30 million to Ukraine for alternative energy in 2013
Spain invested EUR 30 million for realization of alternative energy projects in Ukraine in 2013. “According to the contract on the AAU sale (Assigned Amount Units of greenhouse gases) with the Spanish side at a meeting of the Joint Steering Committee in Madrid (Spain) project proposals were selected for implementation, whose realization should be started in the current year. EUR 30 million has been already received for joint realization of the projects," Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Oleh Proskuriakov said. According to him, the following projects are now waiting for an expert opinion: project for production and supply of heat and electricity through biogas recovery by recycling animal organic waste; project for modernization of thermal power plants in Sevastopol; building project of wind plants to create an autonomous wind farm for energy supply of the Dniprovsky Machine Building Plant, project on methane collection and electricity production in Lysychansk, Dniprodzerzhynsk Enerhodar, Berdiansk and Melitopol.
09.04.2013 Source: press service of the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry

Legislative changes will boost production of green energy equipment
Amendments to the law on electric power industry will encourage investors not to import equipment and build factories for the production of alternative energy plants in Ukraine. This opinion was expressed by an expert with the Energy Strategy Institute, Yuriy Korolchuk. "This law means the development of local production. Even Chinese, European or American companies that would like to operate in the Ukrainian market will have to take steps not just to bring the equipment, but to build production here," Korolchuk commented on the main goal of the amendments made to the law. According to him, the companies that are interested not to build factories in Ukraine, but simply to import equipment are against local development.
April 1, 2013, gave effect to the bill on amendments to the law on electric power industry to stimulate the production of electricity from alternative energy sources. The amendments provide that for power generation facilities that produce electricity from alternative sources, the green tariff will be applied on condition of making 30-50% of equipment for wind, solar, biogas and other power plants in Ukraine.
08.04.2013 Source: Energy Strategy Institute

Ukraine, Germany to cooperate in bioenergy
Ukraine and Germany outlined areas of further cooperation in the field of bioenergy for 2013-2014. This issue was discussed at a meeting of a delegation of Ukraine's Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food with representatives of Germany's Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. "We will work first of all on the harmonization of laws and regulations and standards of Ukraine in the field of bioenergy with the legislation of the European Union, and we will work out issues to improve the economic mechanisms to encourage the production of biofuels, similar to those used in Europe," said, Oleksandr Hryhorovych, the director of the ministry's department of engineering and technical support and agricultural machinery. Also, it is planned to conduct trainings for specialists, especially on growing renewable raw materials and processing agricultural waste for energy, considering the EU experience.
The participants stressed the need to promote certification of biomass, which is exported from Ukraine, in accordance with EU requirements. The sides agreed on defining specific projects in the bioenergy sector, which may be indicative and would have the energy, environmental and social effects.
In the next two years, the German side will provide advice to potential investors under the current legal framework for biofuel production in Ukraine, available raw materials base and proposals of Ukrainian companies to attract investment.
29.04.2013 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Odesa region introducing alternative energy
At end-2012 Odesa region ranked first among Ukrainian regions in terms of capital investment in alternative energy, where investors sent UAH 3.6 billion. This year we plan to raise another UAH 4.5-4.6 billion to the end the construction of two solar power plants located in the southern areas, and the construction of 5 new power plants in the north of the region. This will have a positive effect on the development of the region through the creation of new jobs, as well as through the proceeds from land lease..
06.03.2013 Source: Odesa Regional State Administration

New 303 kW solar power plant launched in Vinnytsia region
The first solar power plant of 303 kW was put into operation in Trybusivka, Pischane district, Vinnytsia region, Andriy Hyzhko, head of the main economic department at the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, told. "In 2013, we expect a boom in the construction of solar power plants. Beside the Trybusivka, six more construction sites in four districts are nearing completion. Now we have an order from a powerful Ukrainian energy company that wants to design an additional of 12 solar power plants. Overall, for 2013, the region will put into operation solar power plants for 200 MW," Hyzhko said. Now Vinnytsia region has four solar power plants with a total capacity of 1.2 MW. The estimated cost of building a solar power station with a capacity of 1 MW is 10 million UAH. The purchase cost of one kilowatt of electricity generated by solar power plants is 6.5 UAH. The "green tariff" will be in effect until January 1, 2017.
07.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine may become important energy center in Europe
The reforms that are currently being conducted in Ukraine can turn the state into a powerful energy center in Eastern Europe. The U.S. Department of State's Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Carlos Pascual, announced this at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, in turn, said that Ukraine had in recent years reduced imports of Russian gas and started increasing domestic production. "We have dramatically reduced the purchase of Russian gas in recent years. We have done an extremely great amount of work to transfer our energy capacity to our fuel sources. In addition, we are paying significant attention to the creation of alternative energy sources and dealing with the construction of solar and wind power plants. We have allocated large sums of money and greatly intensified oil and gas production on our territory," Azarov said.
04.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Germany to increase production of biofuels from waste in Ukraine
Germany is planning to increase the production of thermal energy and biogas from agricultural waste in Ukraine, using German technology and equipment. To date, the country has about 30 such projects, the agriculture ministry reported. According to Viktor Tymoschuk, expert of the ministry's engineering and farm machinery department, Ukraine produces 700,000 tons of solid biofuel a year now. For comparison, each German plant is capable of making 800,000 tons per year.
In 2013 the two countries are planning to put this cooperation to a new level with plans to promote the production of biofuels in Ukraine, including the creation of pilot bio-energy complexes. Having a large agricultural sector, which produces a significant amount of agricultural waste and manure, Ukraine has a significant potential for bioenergy production. In October last year, Ukraine launched its first pilot project for the production of solid biofuels in Vinnytsia region. Currently, this country has six biogas plants. Two of them are located in western and southern Ukraine. At the moment, the amount of biogas production in Ukraine is estimated at 30-35 million cubic meters.
03.01.2013 Source: Ukrinform

 


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Germany to help Ukraine produce biofuels
Germany will facilitate the introduction in 2013-2014 of long-term projects for the production of biofuels in Ukraine. This was discussed at the Ukrainian-German meeting on cooperation for the development of energy production from biomass. Director of the Department for Engineering and Technical Support and Agricultural Engineering of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Hryhorovych informed the German side of the positive changes that have occurred in the domestic legislation in terms of promoting the production of biofuels. He also analyzed the resource potential of Ukraine for the development of bioenergy industry, and outlined the priority areas of cooperation between Ukrainian and German enterprises for the production of energy from renewable raw materials.
Chairman of the department for cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe at Germany's Federal Ministry for Environment, Jurgen Keinhorst, in turn, expressed the willingness of Germany to provide in 2013 technical assistance for the development of bioenergy production in Ukraine. He also stressed that the implementation of the pilot projects may draw German investments.
11.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine will build hydroelectric power stations like Norway – Azarov
Ukraine is interested in learning and applying the Norwegian experience in the construction of hydroelectric power plants, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told a briefing in Oslo on Thursday. "Norway is almost one hundred percent self-sufficient in terms of renewable energy sources. We are extremely interested in this experience, and we will pay more attention to the development of small hydro power industry in Ukraine," Azarov said. Hthe same time, he stressed that Ukraine has significant opportunities to enhance the development of hydropower industry. According to him, the construction of hydroelectric power plants is much cheaper than that of nuclear power plants.
30.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Non-traditional sources to meet half of Ukraine's demand for petroleum products in 3-5 years
In some 3-5 years, Ukraine could meet about a half of its demand for petroleum products through non-traditional sources. President of the Kyiv International Energy Club Q-club, Oleksandr Todiychuk expressed this opinion in a comment to UKRINFORM. According to him, those could be rich shale, brown coal, as well as agricultural products and waste. In addition, Todiychuk said, compressed natural gas is now widely used in cars and trucks. "We can increase the production of biofuels, produce diesel from fat shale, or receive fuel from lignite. Moreover, we are actively developing another direction - the use of compressed natural gas for vehicles," he said.
09.10.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine and UAE actively cooperating in field of alternative energy
Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates are actively cooperating in the field of alternative energy sources. "The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is headquartered in the UAE. Ukraine also pays great attention to alternative energy. Therefore, at present, as part of the intergovernmental commission [the Ukrainian-UAE intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation] we are actively working in the field of alternative energy sources," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko said during his official visit to the United Arab Emirates. He also said that the UAE could join the implementation of Ukrainian national projects, including the Energy of Nature project. "Taking into account the role of the Emirates in the activity of the International Renewable Energy Agency, I believe that the Energy of Nature national project, which foresees the creation of a 'clean' source from wind and solar power with a capacity of 2,000 MW, can be a good platform for investment cooperation," the minister said.
In the context of deepening the potential for bilateral partnership in alternative energy, on Sunday Hryshchenko visited the world's first ecological city of Masdar with zero emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) and familiarized himself with the peculiarities of this project.
Ukraine should increase the share of electricity from renewable energy sources in the country's overall energy balance to 12% by 2020, Head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving Mykola Pashkevych said in June. He said that by 2030 the share of energy received from alternative sources could reach at least 15% in the country's energy balance.
08.10.2012 Source: Ukrinform

EBRD to finance its first solar energy project in Ukraine
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to provide a loan to the Rengy Development company for the construction and commissioning of solar power facilities in Vinnytsia region. This would be the first project on the financing of alternative energy such as solar energy in the bank's history. Kyiv-based Rengy Development intends to build six solar power stations with a total capacity of 50 MW in Vinnytsia region. According to data published on Rengy Development website, the company's portfolio includes projects in the solar power industry with a total capacity of 65 MW.
As reported, in 2011 the global company Activ Solar built in Crimea Europe's largest photovoltaic power station with more than 100 MW installed capacity. The total value of the project is about EUR 300 million. It was financed by Sberbank of Russia and VTB.
05.10.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine will implement German technologies of biofuel production
Introduction of technologies, which will enable using agricultural waste for production of solid biofuel, biogas and other types of biofuel, will enable improving provision with energy resources in the village. “We held negotiations with representatives of the German Agency of Renewable Resources. They expressed an interest in introduction of investment projects for production of different types of fuel in Ukraine. It should be noted that such projects are widely spread in Germany and ensure over 10% of this country's needs in energy resources,” Agriculture Ministry's director of technical supply and agricultural machinery department Oleksandr Hryhorovych said.
17.09.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Experts: It's high time for Ukraine to develop alternative energy
An expert in the field of energy, the creator of "Feed-in-Tariff", the deputy of the German Parliament, Hans-Josef Fell believes that due to the intensive development of energy based on renewable energy sources Ukraine may significantly increase the pace of development of its own economy, and enhance energy independence from external providers of traditional energy.
28.08.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Development of Alternative Energy in Ukraine
Alternative Energy in Ukraine in past year and a half has developed more intensively than the traditional one. As of early July, the total number of companies operating power plants on renewable energy sources and selling electricity based on the "Feed-in-Tariff" has risen to 66, and the number of such power plants - up to 111.
Mykola Pashkevych, the chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine on Ensuring of Efficient Use of Energy Resources, said that in 2011 the installed capacity of power plants with on renewable sources due to the implementation of many projects has doubled, and the production of electricity increased from 240 million kW -hours in 2010 to 330 million kWh in 2011. At the same time the production of clean energy by wind farms, solar plants and small hydroelectric power plants will reach one billion kWh this year, predicts the Agency.
The Crimea - is the leader in the country in usage of renewable energy sources due to the intensive development of solar energy in the peninsula. In the first half of the year nearly a third of electricity produced here has fallen to solar and wind energy. Built mostly at the end of last year and early this year - in January-June 2012 - photovoltaic plants increased electricity output by 32 times compared with the same period in 2011 - up to 144.1 million kWh.
This significant growth has allowed increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the total electricity production to a record 29% for Ukraine despite the fact that electricity generation by wind power plants in Crimea in the first half of the year fell by 1.7% - to 23.1 million kWh. In general, the production of electricity on the peninsula in the reporting period increased by 36.3% - to 577.7 million kWh, which reduced electricity imports from the mainland, as well as decreased significant losses that accompany such imports because of the need to transmit electricity for long distance.
28.08.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Czechs to build solar power plant in Dnipropetrovsk region
The Czech group of companies Ekotechnik Praha intends to build a solar power in the city of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region. It is reported that the amount of investment in the power plant construction will be almost 100 million UAH. Ekotechnik Praha also plans to build solar power plants in Shyroke district, Dnipropetrovsk region, near Bohuslav, Kyiv region, as well as in Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia and Odesa regions.
03.08.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine plans to start electricity exports to Turkey
The energy ministers of Ukraine and Turkey have discussed the export of Ukrainian electricity. As reported, the Ukrainian government submitted its proposals to Turkey regarding the export of electricity in March 2011. Ukraine currently exports electricity to six countries: Hungary - about 38.7% of total exports, Belarus - 37.4%, Poland - 11.6%, Moldova - about 9%, Romania - 2.5%, and Slovakia - 0.8%. In the first five months of 2012, Ukraine exported 3.441 billion kWh of electricity.
22.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine should reach 12% share of renewable energy sources till 2020
Ukraine should reach a 12% share of renewable energy sources within total energy balance of the country until 2020. The state has undertaken relevant obligations while joining the Energy Community. Therefore, the Updated Energy Strategy of Ukraine till 2030 prepared drafted by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry requires significant adjustment.
The State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine considers that it is necessary to increase the capacity rates of installed renewable power plants into the country's energy strategy up to 6.4 GW in 2015, 9 GW - in 2020,
13 GW - in 2025 and 17 GW - in 2030. Electricity generation from renewable energy sources should reach 13 TW/hours in 2015, 18 TW/hours - in 2020,
26 TW/hours - in 2025 and 34 TW/hours in 2030.
14.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine plans to increase the capacity of renewable energy sources
up to 1 GW in 2012

The State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine has forecasted that the capacity of renewable energy sources will be increased by
2.3 times in 2012, to one gigawatt, the agency's head, Mykola Pashkevych, said at a press conference in Kyiv. The total installed capacity of alternative energy facilities in Ukraine is 411 MW (107 operating facilities - 76 hydroelectric power plants, 18 solar power plants, 11 wind farms and two bio-energy facilities) or 0.8% of the power generating capacity of the country. In 2011, 257 MW of alternative energy facilities were commissioned, and it is expected that in 2012 wind farms with a total capacity of 252 MW and solar power plants with the total capacity of 290 MW will be launched.
This year it is planned to build some new facilities in the country's regions.
Czech company Ekotechnik Praha will finish the construction of a 42 MW solar power plants in Kyiv region (Bohuslav) and will start installing 50 MW facilities in Dnipropetrovsk region. Rentechno will complete construction of a 1.8 MW solar power plant in Vinnytsia region and will start building 11 MW facilities in Kherson region. Rengy Development will build six solar power plants with a combined capacity of 50 MW in Vinnytsia region. Israeli SunElectra wants to build 10 solar power plants with the capacity of 25-30 MW. Tokmak Solar Energy plans to launch a solar power plant with the capacity of 9 MW and Ukrgelios will launch a 15 MW plant in Zaporizhia region. France's Helios Strategia plans to build several roof solar power plants with the capacity of 7 MW in Ukraine.
The following wind farm projects will be realized: Germany's Windguard - a wind farm of 400 MW in Luhansk region and Germany's Windcraft - facilities in Crimea and Kherson region.
06.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Investment in renewables, energy efficiency paid off 100%
There is no project in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ukraine today, under which there would be no payback of investment funds.
This was discussed at the opening of the Third European-Ukrainian Energy Day. All projects in the field of renewable energy are refunded, Head of Competence Center Renewable Energies at UniCredit Leasing Group Martin Mayr said. In particular, the portfolio of UniCredit Group investment in these projects in Ukraine exceeded USD 1 billion, he added.
29.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Energy saving technologies should be implemented wherever possible
It is necessary to introduce energy-saving technologies wherever possible to minimize the consumption of expensive Russian gas, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said after his visit to the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. According to the head of government, in familiarizing with the work of the Institute, he got convinced that Ukraine has the most advanced scientific developments in the field of energy efficiency. Scientists have provided him with a program covering 24 regions of Ukraine. Its implementation will allow the state to save four billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, but to implement this project, it is necessary to invest
24 billion UAH.
The Prime Minister said that the government pays maximum attention to energy efficiency and energy conservation, saying that those who implement energy-saving technologies may not pay profit tax for 10 years.
22.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Crimea a very promising region for development of alternative energy
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea is a very promising region in Ukraine for the development of alternative energy, announced Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during his working visit to Crimea. In Crimea, Yanukovych participated in the opening of a plant for sulfuric acid production at Crimea Titan and visited the world's largest solar power plant in Simferopol district.
Yanukovych noted that Crimea was now a leader in Ukraine, after Kyiv, in terms of investment attraction. A number of investment projects in the development of alternative energy sources had currently been implemented in Crimea.
28.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

President to visit world's largest solar power plant in Crimea
During his working visit to Crimea, Yanukovych participated in the opening of a plant for sulfuric acid production at Crimea Titan and visited the world's largest solar power plant in Simferopol district.
The largest in Central and Eastern Europe titanium dioxide producer, Crimea Titan, is putting into operation a new plant for producing sulfuric acid, which will allow increasing the output of titanium dioxide threefold up to 240,000 tons. About half a billion dollars has been invested in the construction project. The new plant will produce 600,000 tons of sulfuric acid per year. Application of new production technologies will help reduce the amount of emissions several times. In 2011, Crimea Titan increased the production of titanium dioxide 2.26%, or by 2,390 tons to 108,069 tons compared with 2010.
The solar park Perovo in Crimea's Simferopol district was built by Activ Solar (Austria). The total installed capacity of the park is 100 MW. Perovo has become the largest operating photovoltaic park in the world in terms of installed capacity.
26.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Adding 5% of bioethanol to gasoline will be recommended since 2013
The Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine prepared the draft law on step-wise adding of bioethanol to gasoline, which is produced and realized on the territory of Ukraine. In the nearest future, this document will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada.
"The aim of this draft law adoption is creation of favorable conditions for development and consumption of alternative types of fuel on the territory of Ukraine, development of the motor fuel market and strengthening of energy independence of Ukraine. The draft law provides that adding 5% of bioethanol to gasoline will be recommended since 2013, and mandatory adding of bioethanol is envisaged in 2014-2015. Also, it is proposed that since 2016, mandatory contents of bioethanol in motor gasoline will be no less than 7 %. Filling stations and fuel bases should be re-equipped over one year respectively," Director of the department for oil, gas, peat, oil production industry and alternative types of fuel at the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry Ihor Kyriushyn has explained.
According to him, in compliance with data of the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry, 42 plants for production of biodiesel fuel were constructed in Ukraine, which may produce up to 500,000 tons of this fuel annually. Today, Ukraine has all possibilities to provide itself with bioethanol. "I should note that bioethanol contents in motor gasoline up to 10% does not require re-equipment of the automobile fuel system and does not worsen the fuel quality by no means," the specialist noted. "In the nearest 10-15 years, we have a task to maximum increase a part of the use of bioethanol in the fuel quality in Ukraine. This is the main task, which was set by the ministry. In introduction of bioethanol on the motor fuel market of Ukraine, world's leading experience will be taken into consideration, in particular, of the Federal Republic of Brazil," the ministry's representative informed. He also noted that Ukraine has even better possibilities for the use of bioethanol against Brazil. In 2011, in Brazil, the share of automobiles, consuming gasoline with contents of over 25 percent of bioethanol, made up 50 percent, the share of such automobiles is planned to be brought to 86 percent until 2020.
25.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

EBRD to provide EUR 13.3 m to Ukraine for wind energy project
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide EUR 13.3 million for a wind farm in Stary Sambir district in Lviv region to improve power-supply reliability and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. "Ukraine has a great potential in developing renewable energy generation and this project is our contribution to this good cause. We are committed to support the development of wind, solar, small hydro and biomass energy projects in Ukraine through our own funds and by providing technical assistance to them," EBRD Managing Director for Turkey, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Olivier Descamps said. The financing will consist of a 10-year loan of EUR 9.5 million from the EBRD and a 15-year loan of EUR 3.8 million from the Clean Technology Fund.
Eco-Optima Ltd., a closely held Ukrainian company, will use the funds to build and operate a wind farm with a capacity of 12.5 MW that will supply power to more than 10,000 households. The plant will be operational by the end of this year and should reduce carbon emissions by about 26,000 tonnes a year.
The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. The Bank has currently committed over EUR 7.4 billion (USD 9.76 billion) in 293 projects.
25.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukrainian scientists develop landfill biogas processing project
Experts with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) developed a large-scale project of solid waste landfills biogas processing, NASU President Borys Paton said at a general meeting of the Academy on Thursday. He said the project has already covered 12 such landfills in 10 regions of Ukraine.
12.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Construction of combined-cycle power plant in Scholkyne
Ukraine and China decided to accelerate work on the project to build a combined-cycle power plant in Scholkyne (Crimea). The construction of the plant could begin before the end of this year, Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Makukha said. The official admitted that at present there is certain dragging behind the schedule. "There were some mistakes, and we had to replace the designer," Makukha said. Now the project must go through internal procedures in Ukraine to be approved and obtain state guarantees.
According to Makukha, the cost of the project until the end of the year has not been fully approved. "The amount is just being estimated, it will be roughly around USD 2 billion. The sum is big, because, apart from the station with a capacity of 800 MW, we provide for very large investment in the development of Crimea and serious investments in the construction of a pipeline," the deputy minister said.
The agreement on the construction of a combined-cycle power plant was signed during the visit of President Viktor Yanukovych to China in September 2010. The plant must be built on the site where in 1981 the construction of a nuclear power plant started, but in 1989 was frozen due to the fact that the site was recognized as geologically unstable.
12.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

In 2013 Ukraine plans to move to fuel with bioethanol
Beginning next year, Ukraine may start producing 5% ethanol petrol, Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Boiko said. "We are introducing a bill, I hope it will be adopted by the Government, that next year any petrol should contain 5% of ethanol, and in 2014 - 7%," Boiko underscored. Adding ethanol will allow Ukraine to reduce the purchases of oil and support national agricultural producers.
09.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

9% of electricity will be received from renewable sources in 2030
The installed capacity of the power plants that run on alternative and renewable energy sources will increase to 9% or 6 GW by 2030, Mykyta Konstantinov, director of the strategic policy, investment and nuclear energy complex department at the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, announced. In particular, he added, wind turbines will produce 3.5 GW of energy, solar 2 GW and small hydropower plants up to 0.6 GW. It is envisaged that the production of electricity from alternative and regenerative energy sources will rise to 13.2 billion kWh per year, including from wind up to 8 billion kWh, sun and water up to 2.6 billion kWh.
27.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform

US gives Ukraine USD 350,000 to produce energy from waste
The United States has allocated a USD 350,000 grant to Ukraine for the construction by Svit-M of a waste recycling plant in Sumy. The grant had been provided by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). A feasibility study on a project to recycle municipal waste and convert most of the remaining waste into refuse-derived fuel will be partially financed using these funds. The future plant in Sumy will be the first in Ukraine that will be able to recycle household waste.
27.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Alternative energy sources will reduce Russian gas price
Russian gas price will drop as soon as alternative sources of energy supplies to Ukraine are found, First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky said. The official believes that Ukraine pays for Russian gas the highest price in Europe. Now it is 416 USD per thousand cubic meters, taking into account the so-called Kharkiv discount of 100 USD, which Ukraine received in exchange for the extension of the Russian Black Sea Fleet stay in Crimea.
22.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform

China ready to help Ukraine arrange biofuel production
China is ready to help with finances and technologies in arranging production of biofuel in Ukraine, Head of the Main State Plant Quarantine Inspection of Ukraine Oleksandr Tokar told. "We took a decision that a part of alcohol plants, which for today have obsolete equipment or are unprofitable, change the line of their business for ethanol production. The matter concerns 10 or 11 alcohol plants. The Chinese party expressed a serious interest," Tokar said. According to him, during the visit to China, the Ukrainian party proposed a joint project to leaders of the China national agricultural development group corporation company in this sphere. Agrarian ministry representatives visited the plants in the province of Shandong (East China), which are engaged in production of such equipment and export it to Latin American countries, CIS countries and other regions.
The head of the Main Inspection reminded that the country leaders took a decision to produce biofuel in Ukraine. A relevant draft law is on consideration at the Verkhovna Rada. According to Tokar, since 2013 and until 2016, mandatory contents of bioadditives of vegetable origin to fuel should be from 7% t? 10%, to diesel fuel - from 2% t? 5%.
27.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform

France's Nationale du Rhone wants to develop windpower engineering in Crimea
The France-based Nationale du Rhone in Simferopol, Crimea, south of Ukraine, presented an investment project for the development of wind power in the Crimea, including the full cycle of production of wind energy: development, design, financial feasibility and support, turnkey construction and further operation of wind farms, Crimea's Council of Ministers said in a statement after the meeting of Vice Prime Minister of the Crimean government Aziz Abdullaev with investors from France. Under the project, in Kirov district of Crimea it is planned to build a 50 MW wind farm with a possible increase in capacity to 200 MW. Total investment will amount to about USD 80 million. Following the meeting, the sides decided to sign an agreement of cooperation of Nationale du Rhone with the Agency for Regional Development in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Renewable energy sources in Crimea have a high potential. Through the use of energy of solar, wind, water and soil the peninsula can potentially receive amounts equivalent to the energy of 5.7 billion cubic meters of gas. Only a wind power can produce 3.4 thousand MW of electricity. Even now the Donuzlav, Tarkhankut and East-Crimean wind farms have a total capacity of 63.1 MW. Currently, Crimea is implementing 16 investment wind energy projects, with the total design capacity of 5 MW.
22.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukrspirt increases bioethanol sales 18 times in 2011
Companies belonging to the state-run enterprise Ukrspirt increased in 2011 the sales of ethanol by 18 times. Ukrspirt plans to make the production of ethanol for biofuels one of its priorities in the near future. About 65% of domestic producers of alcohol and alcoholic beverages will be engaged in the production of biofuels, including bioethanol. It is planned to increase the production and sale of bioethanol due to corn harvest in the current marketing year. Now Ukraine is preparing a bill to promote and stimulate the production of biofuels.
20.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Alternative power industry shows record capacity increase in 2011
The total installed capacity of electric power plants running on renewable energy sources increased by 4% to reach 5773.8 MW by January 1, 2012 (including large hydroelectric power plants), while the installed capacity of power plants running on fossil fuels decreased by 72.1 MW to 47,536.8 MW.
The main growth in the renewable energy generating capacity was provided by solar power industry - Activ Solar company last fall completed the construction and put into operation a 80 MW park Okhotnikovo, and in December a 100 MW park Perovo, which is the largest photovoltaic power plant in the world. Both stations are located in the Crimea.
The total installed capacity of wind power plants for 2011 increased by 40.7% to 121.3 MW.
The installed capacity of all hydropower plants (including large-scale) increased by 0.1% to 4603.5 MW, while the capacity of pumped storage power during this period did not change, and at the beginning of the year amounted to 861.5 MW.
The installed capacity of Ukraine's nuclear power plants has not changed for 2011 and is 13,835 MW. Meanwhile, thermal power plants showed reduction in the installed capacity in the past year by 75 MW.
In 2011, investments in Ukrainian solar and wind parks were about EUR 400 million.
Earlier, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yuriy Boiko said that UAH 7 billion will be invested in the development of alternative power industry.
15.02.2012 Source: Ukrenergo / Ukrinform

Astarta to finish construction of EUR 20 million worth of biogas complex by September
The agricultural holding Astarta will finish the construction of a biogas production complex worth EUR 20 million before September 2012, Viktor Ivanchuk, Astarta Kyiv director general said. "The construction of a complex for the production of biogas began at the Hlobyne sugar factory last year. This biogas will solve the problem of natural gas supply. The gas is produced for our company and companies around it. We hope that this pilot project will be successful, and we will be able to replicate this project at other sugar mills and replace natural gas by 60%," Ivanchuk said. According to him, the estimated biogas production project cost is about EUR 15-20 million, and the construction will be completed by September 2012.
Astarta Kyiv is a vertically integrated agroindustrial holding company, which unites five regional branches located in Poltava, Vinnytsia and Khmelnytsky regions. The main activity of the holding is the production of sugar and related products (molasses and dried beet pulp pellets), grains and oilseeds, as well as meat and milk.
20.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine able to boost biofuel production 30 million tonnes
The Institute of Renewable Energy under the National Science Academy estimates the volume of biofuel production in Ukraine in 2011 at 1-1.2 million tonnes, whereas production potential is up to 30 million tonnes. In turn, Director General of Ukrbioenergo Association Oleksiy Izotenko forecasted that the volume of biofuel production may grow to 10 million tons/year by 2015. Izotenko emphasized that in Ukraine biofuel is produced in 20 regions, but 80% is exported abroad, in particular, to the European countries, where it is in great demand.
14.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

First power plant using gas from household waste launched in Ukraine
The Ukrainian company TIS Eco has commissioned the country's first biogas cogeneration plant at the Prymorsky municipal solid waste range of Mariupol (Donetsk region). Electric power of the installation produced by EuroDiesel is 200 kW, heat power - 215 kW. In the near future, a system for biogas utilization will be installed on the second solid waste range of Mariupol. It is planned to supply the electricity to EnergoRynok, thermal energy - for the needs of industrial enterprises.
03.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Green energy output to triple in 2012 - expert
In 2011, Ukraine's renewable energy companies generated 360 kW-hours of 'green' energy; next year, this result must be increased threefold. This forecast was voiced by Vitaliy Daviy, president of the association of alternative fuels and energy market participants. According to him, in 2011, renewable energy facilities generated over 360 million kilowatt-hours, whereas last year the output was about 240 million kWh. However, if all the plans to build new facilities declared by market participants are fulfilled, then next year Ukraine will generate about 1.017 billion kWh of 'green' electricity.
The association head reported that, at the end of December 2011, the total capacity of Ukrainian solar power plants was 170 MW, wind farms 117.5 MW, small hydro power plants 104 MW, thermal power generation facilities running on agricultural and wood waste - 68 MW. According to the expert, Ukraine also has two industrial enterprises for the production of biofuels with a total capacity of about 30 tonnes per year.
03.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

NERC leaves unchanged 'green' tariffs for January 2012
The National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has left unchanged the tariffs for electricity produced from renewable sources.
In particular, from January 1, 2012, the tariff for electricity generated by solar power plants will amount to 505.09 kopecks per kilowatt-hour (excluding VAT), whereas the tariff for electricity generated by solar power plants located on the roofs and facades of buildings will reach 463 kopecks per kilowatt-hour (excluding VAT). The tariff for electricity generated by wind power plants will be set in January 2012 at 122.77 kopecks per kilowatt-hour, while the tariff for electricity generated by power plants running on biofuels will be set at 134.46 kopecks per kilowatt-hour. The tariff for electricity generated by small hydroelectric power stations will be set at 84.18 kopecks per kilowatt-hour (excluding VAT) from January 1, 2012. The commission said that "green" tariffs had remained at a minimum level.
29.12.2011 Source: Ukrinform

Sugar industry reorienting to production of biofuels
Ukraine needs to switch its sugar industry to the production of biofuels because of difficulties with the exports of this product. Ukraine can not find foreign markets for its sugar despite the fact that there are no grudges against its quality, Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Prysiazhniuk said at the press conference. The minister also informed that, according to the crop pattern, Ukraine has to sow sugar beets on about one million hectares, which would allow producing 60 million tonnes of sugar beets, while domestic demand and production of sugar in Ukraine takes a maximum of 17-18 million tonnes of sweet roots. That is, in his opinion, 40 million tonnes of sugar beets can be recycled, which will result in 4 million tonnes of biofuels. This level can be achieved within 4-5 years, the minister said.
He also said that the agreement on a free trade zone with the European Union provides for a pretty good amount of Ukrainian sugar imports, and expressed the hope that in the future sugar exports to the EU will not be stopped by the regulatory methods.
13.12.2011 Source: Ukrinform

Bioenergie-Partnerschaft zwischen EU und Ukraine
Nachwachsende Rohstoffe spielen in einer langfristig zukunftsfähigen Wirtschaft eine zentrale Rolle. In Europa wurden Versuche und Anwendungen von Biotreibstoffen auf nationaler Ebene initiert. Dies ist aber aufgrund der zu erwartenden massiven Produktionssteigerungen kaum noch zu bewältigen, deshalb wird die Produktion von Biomasse heute mehr und mehr in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländer verlagert.
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Ukraine setzt auf Biobrennstoffe
Wachsende Bedeutung von Agrarpellets als Brennstoff für die Dampferzeugung
Immer mehr ukrainische Festbrennstoffe aus Biomassen finden in Form von Granulaten, Pellets oder Briketts den Weg auf europäische Märkte. Deutsche und andere ausländische Unternehmen schließen vermehrt Direktlieferverträge mit ukrainischen Herstellern. Hatte der Markt für biogene Festbrennstoffe in der Ukraine vor der Krise mit Steigerungsraten zwischen 15 und 20% pro Jahr zugelegt, so waren es im Krisenjahr 2009 bereits 30%.
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Brazil interested in creation of joint venture for biofuel production
Brazil is interested in the creation of a Ukrainian-Brazilian JV for biofuel production in Ukraine. This issue was discussed at the Ukrainian-Brazilian talks in Kiev. "We are interested in alternative types of fuel. The Brazilian side has serious plans in this regard, and we are even ready to set up a joint Ukrainian-Brazilian company for biofuel production in Ukraine," Antonio Fernando Cruz de Mello, Brazilian Ambassador in Ukraine, said. Brazil, the world's second country after the United States in terms of the production of ethanol and its largest exporter, is actively popularizing the subject of biofuel in the world.
22.03.2010 Source: Ukrinform

NAER: Ukraine fails to use UAH 3bn of green investments
Ukraine did not use UAH 3 billion, obtained under the Kyoto Protocol in 2009, according to Serhiy Yermilov, the Chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (NAER). "These are the so-called green investments. We can not use these funds anyhow. We need these funds to invest in energy saving programs in such a way that emissions are decreased by a corresponding amount," he said. Yermilov said that energy saving projects under the funds of the Kyoto Protocol should be ratified by Japan, since it bought the country quota. He added that last year the Japanese liked none of the projects. NAER hopes that this year there will be funds from the budget, and the agency in cooperation with line ministries would prepare high quality energy saving projects.
20.03.2010 Source: NAER

Ukrainische Rapsexporte könnten über EU-Richtlinie stolpern
Die ukrainische Organisation Agrarbusiness-Club hat vor einem möglichen Einbruch der nationalen Exporte von Ölraps in die Europäische Union gewarnt. Der Grund dafür liege in neuen, aus der EU-Richtlinie zur Förderung der Nutzung von erneuerbarer Energie hervorgehenden Kriterien für die eingesetzten Rohstoffe. So ist ab 1.07.2010 nachzuweisen, dass die Biomasse nachhaltig hergestellt worden ist. Für Tausende ukrainische Rapsproduzenten könnte die Forderung der Exporteure nach einem entsprechenden Zertifikat eine Überraschung bedeuten. Der Agrarbusiness-Klub hat daher das Landwirtschaftsministerium aufgefordert, eine Arbeitsgruppe ins Leben zu rufen, die sich umgehend mit diesem Problem befassen soll. Den Angaben zufolge werden etwa 90% des in der Ukraine erzeugten Ölrapses ausgeführt, zum größten Teil in die EU-Länder.
10.03.2010 Source: agrarheute

Ukrainian company building a biogas-plant in Indonesia
On 01.03.2010 ZORG signed a new contract for construction of a biogas plant for an agricultural complex producing diary products in Indonesia. ZORG Ukraine is going to supply all materials and equipment necessary for construction of the biogas plant and manage plant's launching while Indonesian contractors will carry on with the construction of reactors from reinforced concrete.
Ultimate capacity of the plant's four reactors will reach 1,34 megawatts. As planned, companies will proceed with the construction works in course of 2010-2011. The cost of the first reactor to be built estimates around EUR 2.5 million.
04.03.2010 Source: Interfax

Ukraine-Poland lab for alternative energy sources tests set up in Poltava
Ukraine-Poland Laboratory for Experiments with Alternative Energy Sources was set up in Poltava. The initiators - experts with Poltava Agrarian Academy and Krakow Electrical College - intend to replace oil and gas by natural alternative energy. According to Prof. Antonina Kalinichenko at Poltava Agrarian Academy, the experimental work will start with studying the operation of four collar absorber assemblies given by the Polish firm Neon, capable of delivering heat water from early spring to late autumn, and in the future - development of own projects on the use of solar and wind energy and other natural sources.
04.03.2010 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine mausert sich zum Beschaffungsmarkt für Biobrennstoffe
Immer mehr ukrainische Festbrennstoffe aus Biomassen finden in Form von Granulaten, Pellets oder Briketts den Weg auf europäische Märkte. Die Ukraine ist das Ziel deutscher und anderer ausländischer Geschäftsreisender geworden, welche direkt die Hersteller aufsuchen und mit diesen Lieferverträge abschließen. Hatte der ukrainische Markt für biogene Festbrennstoffe vor der Krise mit Steigerungsraten zwischen 15 und 20% pro Jahr zugelegt, so waren es im Krisenjahr 2009 bereits stattliche 30%.
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Ukraine base for new biofuel and feed initiative
Alternativa Ltd. and GreenShift Corp. have entered into an exclusive supply and cooperation agreement for the purpose of designing and developing sustainable integrated feedstock and renewable energy production facilities. The companies will initially focus on selected geographies throughout the world that have both abundant undeveloped biomass-derived feedstock resources and the downstream supply-chain infrastructure needed for robust distribution and use of renewable energy and other biomass-derived products at scale.
02.03.2010 Source: allaboutfeed

Total installed capacity of wind power plants reaches 1,200 kWt
Over recent one and a half years the number of wind power plants set up in Ukraine doubled. Although, the crisis slowed down development of the alternative energy sources market, but on the whole the segment succeeded to preserve a good dynamics, Head of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) Andriy Konechenkov has said. Ttotal capacity of wind power plants set up in the country reaches 1,200 kWt. Although, technology by both Chinese and European producers is widely presented on the market, nevertheless out of over 50% of wind plants of 10 kWt capacity, sold over the years of independence, falls on the national producer. The Ukrainian wind power plants are in demand not only with national farmers and tourist bases, but they go for export. In particular, Ukrainian wind aggregates are working in Poland, Germany, Hungary and Macedonia.
26.02.2010 Source: UWEA

Ukraine interested in South Korea's experience in using alternative, renewable energy sources
The draft state economic program of energy efficiency for 2010-2015 foresees the implementation of a number of programs and projects worth UAH 250 billion. It is necessary to reduce energy consumption per unit of Ukraine's GDP by 20% by 2015. Taking into account South Korea's considerable experience in the use of alternative and renewable energy sources, the development of bilateral relations between Ukraine and South Korea is strategically important. Chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine for the Efficient Use of Energy Resources Serhiy Yermilov said this in his welcoming speech at a Ukrainian-Korean seminar. South Korean Ambassador to Ukraine Pak Ro Byok, in turn, said that the leading South Korean companies were interested in investing in energy efficiency projects in Ukraine. A memorandum of understanding between the National Agency of Ukraine for the Efficient Use of Energy Resources and Korea Development Institute was signed as part of Ukrainian-South Korean cooperation. Now such companies as Samsung, POSCO, KOTRA and others are ready to consider real projects to be jointly implemented in Ukraine.
24.02.2010 Source: Ukrinform

EBRD to invest EUR 100mln into UKEEP program for Ukrainian enterprises
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is ready to invest EUR 100 million into the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Program (UKEEP) for Ukrainian enterprises of any industrial sector, Anders Lund, the UKEEP Project Manager said during presentation of the program in Dnipropetrovsk. The program realization will help enterprises to raise its competitiveness at the expense of reduction of energy consumption or development of renewal energy sources.
International consultants will visit an enterprise and determine the necessary energy saving programs, free of charge, following that, on an agreement with the enterprise, credits will be earmarked within the frames of the UKEEP program.
17.02.2010 Source: Ukrinform

Tymoshenko promises privileges to companies generating electricity from renewable energy sources
Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko has promised tax privileges to Ukrainian companies that generate electricity from renewable energy sources. The draft law has been registered in the parliament. Tymoshenko said that the share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the Ukrainian power grid should be at least 20-25%.
30.01.2010 Source: Interfax

Energiewirtschaft Ukraine 2008/09
Die Ukraine deckt ihren hohen Energiebedarf (sehr energieintensive Industrie, mangelnde Energieeffizienz) zum großen Teil durch Importe von Gas und Öl. Seine geostrategische Lage räumt dem GUS-Land eine zentrale Rolle beim Energietransit ein. 84% der russischen Gaslieferungen nach Europa passieren die Ukraine. Gas ist mit Abstand der wichtigste Energieträger, gefolgt von Öl, Kohle und Uran. Der Ausbau alternativer Energien sowie die Verbesserung der Energieeffizienz stehen verstärkt auf der politischen Agenda.
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Ukrainian Biofuel Industry Receives Tax Benefits
By the 18-th of January 2010 the Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine received 7 requests to proceed with concessionary import of equipment, used within the industry of renewable fuels. On January 1, 2010 Ukrainian government validated a law "On making changes and additions to the tax policy of Ukraine in order to facilitate production and usage of biofuels." According to the changes brought by the government, Ukrainian companies that work in the field of alternative energy can get an exemption from the tax on value added when they import technical equipment.
25.01.2010 Source: press-service of FuelAlternative.

Miro Group may invest into Ukraine
The International Foundation Miro Group familiarized with investment projects of Ukrainian companies in the agriculture and alternative sources of energy and now studies possibilities to invest its funds into them. According to him, the foundation did not take any decision yet about concrete investment objects, however it intends to focus on studying the projects of biogas production from agricultural waste.
10.12.2009 Source: Ukrinform

Recent Developments in Bioenergy
Historically, Ukraine has a highly developed agricultural sector that is the main source of biomass resources available for energy production. Ukraine has quite a big potential of biomass available for energy production - about 27 mill tonnes of coal equivalent (mill tce) - economically feasible potential estimated on the basis of official statistical data for 2007. The two main constituents of the potential are agricultural residues and energy crops.
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Mykolayiv will be among the first to start producing biogas at city dump
The first stage of a tripartite project on remediation and decontamination of the city dump being implemented along with representatives of Japanese and Polish companies has completed in Mykolayiv. Today, 14 out of 23 fields for biogas production from domestic waste are ready for operation. Overall, 84 integrated fields are planned to be drilled at the area of 17 ha. As tentative estimates show, the investment project will be worth EUR 2 million. After the project is implemented, the investors will get methane, the Japanese side will be able to buy Ukrainian quotas for emission of this gas (within the Kyoto Protocol), while Mykolayiv will have a modern waste container that meets European standards.
13.11.2009 Source: Ukrinform

Ukrainian engineering company ZORG Ukraine announced development of
new waste-management solution for plants that produce alcohol
New advanced waste-management technology has been developed by Ukrainian construction company ZORG Ukraine, designed specifically for plants that produce alcohol. Unique technological upgrade allows the plant to recycle production-wastes, manufacture high-quality fertilizer and biogas, that's instantly converted into thermal or electrical power. "Biogas plants can cut-down production expenses within the alcohol-production industry sector to a considerable degree," - commented company's executive director Igor Aksiutov.
PDF Download, ZORG, 30.10.2009

EUR 50 million for companies developing renewable energy in the Ukraine
The European Board for Reconstruction and Development or EBRD is considering establishing a EUR 50 million Ukraine Renewable Energy Direct Lending Facility "UREDLF" or "Facility", which would provide the Bank with an instrument to extend debt financing for renewable energy projects in Ukraine. The total project cost will be up to EUR 100 million. The Facility will consider all forms of renewable energy generation project including hydro, wind, biomass and solar.
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Biogas plant planned for construction in Donetsk region
An order for an unusual project was made by the JSC Ekoprod, one of the largest agricultural enterprises in Donetsk region. Jointly with German partners they decided to build their own plant to produce biogas. It is interesting that ordinary dung will become a raw material for it, since the Ekoprod has its own cattle farm numbering 7,000 heads.
The new production will bring 1 million cu m of gas, plus 12.5 kWh of electric energy and another 80,000 tons of liquid fertilizers. It will be enough for their own needs and for own greenhouses, as well as for social culture objects, and even for sale, the Ekoprod director said. It is expected that a new enterprise will be placed in operation next year.
26.10.2009 Source: Ukrinform

Ukrainischer Markt für alternative Energien wird lebhafter
Das im April beschlossene Gesetz zur Stimulierung der Elektroenergieproduktion aus alternativen Quellen funktioniert in der Praxis.
PDF Download, Kommersant-Ukraine, 26.10.2009

Smart-Holding intends to master production of wind energy equipment and build a wind power station
Smart-Holding company controlled by Vadym Novinsky considers a possibility of manufacturing wind energy equipment at Dnipropress and Mykolaiv-based machine building plant. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries may become partner of Smart Holding for this project, as the Japanese corporation has extensive experience in production of wind-power units.
Smart-Holding is not the first large Ukrainian company to lately get interested in wind power engineering. Earlier, Director General of fuel and energy company DTEK, the energy arm of Akhmetov's SCM, announced intent to launch a wind power station by 2011 supposedly. A strategic task for DTEK is that its power capacity portfolio includes 20% from wind.
22.10.2009 Source: Delo

Biomass Action Plan for Ukraine
“Biomass Action Plan for Ukraine” was drafted within the Dutch-Ukrainian Government to Government Project on Biomass and Biofuels (G2G07UA85) funded by The Agency for International Business and Cooperation (EVD) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands and is implemented by the Ministry of Agricultural Policy of Ukraine and The SenterNovem Netherlands Agency for Sustainability and Innovation, an Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.
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Ukraine introduces biofuel production licensing
The Cabinet introduces licensing of production, storage and selling of liquid fuel made of biomass and biogas, the government's resolution of July 29, 2009, reads.
The normative act establishes that fulfilment of functions by the Fuel and Energy Ministry on licensing activities in the sphere of production, storage and selling of biogas and biofuel are carried out within the frames of budget allocations provided for the ministry's support.
25.08.2009 Source: Ukrinform

Steuererleichertungen für Biokraftstoffe in der Ukraine
Bioenergien werden nun auch in der Ukraine staatlich gefördert. Chancen für deutsche Umwelttechnik.
PDF Download, 02.07.2009 Pressemitteilung von J&L Consulting LLC

EUR 20-billion waste-to-energy deal signed between Ukraine and EcoEnergy
Swedish company EcoEnergy Scandinavia signed a EUR 20-billion (USD 27.6 billion) agreement with the Ukrainian government for a waste incineration plant that will produce electricity, heating, and biogas all at the same time. The agreement was signed on June 15 in Kiev by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and EcoEnergy Chairman Lars Guldstrand.
16.06.2009 Source: EcoEnergy press release

The 3rd German-Ukrainian Bioenergy Forum in the frame of AGRO 2009
Agrarian Policy Minister Yuriy Melnyk, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumers Protection of Germany Gert Lindemann, and Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Agrarian Policy Oleksandr Shevchenko participated in the third Ukrainian-German Bioenergetics Forum in Kyiv, June 12, 2009.
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Market Scan Bioenergy Ukraine
Report for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
Many business opportunities especially in the energy and bioenergy sector exist.
Ukraine does have the highest biomass potential in Europe which has largely been untapped and labor, especially in rural areas, is inexpensive. This provides many opportunities for investments in local bioenergy production and in the export of bioenegy feedstocks. Ukraine is already an important supplier of feedstock to Europe, exporting rape seed for biodiesel production and biomass (pellets) for electricity and heat production. Opportunities exist in upgrading of energy infrastructure incorporating biomass, setting up sustainable biomass production, transfer of knowledge and expertise, developing the oil seed and biodiesel sectors, setting up systems for complying/ monitoring of sustainable biomass production, development of a local biofuels market and infrastructure, rural biogas production in concert with expanding animal production, financing of the bioenergy sector.
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