Biogas Action Replication Event in Warsaw

The Biogas Action replication event in Warsaw revealed a genuine interest of the market actors in the Polish biogas sector to develop new projects and to learn from EU experience in this respect.

The Biogas Action project is supported by the EU Horizon Programme with the ambition to serve as a vehicle for an unbiased and rapid development of the European biogas/biomethane sector. In addition to specific interventions in the 9 target regions Rhonalp and Western part of France, Wales/UK, Croatia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Latvia and South East Sweden the project aims to share experiences and replicate good practice in further countries and regions.

On 3‘rd of June 2016, a Biogas Action project replication event was held in Warsaw, Poland, at the premises of the Danish Embassy. Among the participants were representatives of the Polish renewable energy and biogas associations PIGEOR and UPEBI as well as a representative from the Ministry of Energy (MoE), Maciej Kapalski, from the department of Renewable Energy. From the Biogas Action partners site the participants included Jan Štambaský from the European Biogas Association (EBA) and CzBA, Michael Köttner from IBBK in Germany, Jakob Lorenzen from DFFB in Denmark and Nils Daugaard & Radosław Górecki from EC Network, coordinator of Biogas Action. The event was divided in three thematical parts – general session on Biogas Policy, session on Small Scale Projects and Big Scale Projects. Each presentation was followed by active discussion, with exchange of opinions and ideas from the participants side.

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Biogas Policy – General Session

The general session started with a presentation about the Biogas Action project held by the event moderator – Nils Daugaard, and a short introduction from  each participant. An introduction to Polish renewable energy policy was presented by Maciej Kapalski from MoE, that can be summed up by showing a positive trend in the biogas approach from the political side in Poland. The challenges, but also the opportunities that lie before biogas developers in Poland were presented by Sylwia Koch-Kopyszko (UPEBI) and Michał Ćwil (PIGEOR). The session was finalized by a presentation of the biogas market development on a European scale by Jan Štambaský (EBA).

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Small Scale Projects

The small scale projects session started with a presentation by Michael Köttner that included interesting historical development and self-taught experience. It also included  past and present choices within developing a biogas project, an overview on technological options, economical success factors and feedstocks. Finally, a case study from Germany was presented. Jan Štambaský presented a history of the biogas policy framework in Czech Republic. On the positive side the Czech biogas industry has developed well since 2005 with 554 installations of biogas plants. On the negative side the support scheme has not been approved by EU Commission and the market has seen no new plants since January 2014. Showing of biogas plants connected to heat supply grids served as good practice from Czech that could be useful also in the Polish context. Afterwards Michał Ćwil presented projects and solutions held by Polska Grupa Biogazowa, as well as a reflection on the future perspectives.

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Big Scale Projects

A presentation by Jakob Lorenzen served as the opening of the big scale session, introducing DFFB, the Danish policy approach, market development and the future role of biogas within the energy system. He demonstrated that an ambitious sustainable energy policy accompanied by a supportive framework has led to a current boom of biogas development in Denmark. The Danish case studies included Linkogas and NGF Natures Energy Holsted installations. DFFB’s presentation was followed by a presentation given by Łukasz Majewski from Poldanor – on the technology chosen and used within the biogas plants and its power production. Poldanor also pointed out the most important challenges that have to be overcome and future perspectives for biogas industry in Poland.

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In relationship with the event, a report on Polish biogas market situation has been prepared, by cooperating with Polish stakeholders.