The biomass market of Bulgaria was the focus of the 2nd National Workshop of the ENERGY BARGE project at the Danube city of Ruse at 28th of June. The aim of the National Workshop was to present the project to Bulgarian stakeholders in order to involve them in the future activities of the project, as well as to present the market situation of biomass and logistics sectors in Bulgaria.
Mr. Thies Fellenberg from the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR - Germany) opened the workshop with a presentation of the scope of ENERGY BARGE. Apart from this Mr. Fellenberg presented the progress of the implementation of the project and the studies that will be conducted.
Following the introduction about the project, the status of the Bulgarian forests and bioenergy market as well as the logistics sectors at the Bulgarian side of the Danube was presented by keynote speakers. .
The first keynote presentation was held by Mr. Spas Tumbev (Bulgarian Executive Forest Agency) about the vision for the development of the forest sector in the country and the status of exploitation of forest biomass. As one objective of ENERGY BARGE is to bring together the biomass sector and the Danube logistics sector, the following keynote speaker, Ms. Anna Natova (Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company), presented the current situation of the Bulgarian Danube ports.
Following the keynote presentations, Mrs. Ann-Kathrin Kaufmann (BioCampus Straubing GmbH) together with Mrs. Milica Gvozdic (viadonau) moderated the panel discussion, which thematised the following topics:
- Potential for the production of algae biomass in Bulgaria;
- Production and use of biomass from higher plants;
- Solid biomass heating systems in public buildings – best practices and future ideas;
- The role of biomass logistics and trade centres in Bulgaria;
- Pellets and briquette production in Bulgaria.
Two site visits at the private-owned port of the Bulmarket company and the state-owned Ruse-West Port completed the program.The next National Workshop of the ENERGY BARGE project will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, in January 2018. Stay tuned for more news regarding the project and the benefits that it will bring to the Danube region.
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