Unlocking the community energy potential to support the market uptake of bioenergy heating technologies (BECoop)
|Funding Organization:||European Commission|
|Start / End Dates:||01 November 2020 / 31 October 2023|
While community energy is about to play a huge role for the future energy transition, bioenergy has a very slow development in decentralised energy production. BECoop’ s ambition is to foster a broad deployment of bioenergy technologies in the heating sector across Europe by providing all the necessary conditions and support tools for unlocking the underlying market potential of community bioenergy. By using BECoop support services and tools, energy communities and authorities will be able to (i) mobilize citizens around existing or new community bioenergy initiatives, (ii) boost local bioenergy demand by improving its image and social acceptance, and (iii) increase feasibility of their endeavors by identifying suitable technical, business and financial solutions, as well as by pooling expertise and partnerships from the wider EU bioenergy ecosystem. In order to showcase and build trust to our approach, we pilot our to a complementary set of 4 cases across Europe, targeting existing energy communities seeking to include bioenergy heating projects, and local/national authorities aiming at initiating novel bioenergy community structures in support of their clean energy transition goals. BECoop moves beyond local challenges as we replicate our concept to more EU cases, thus, improving the robustness and attractiveness of community bioenergy investments. BECoop will also create links between the international Bioenergy Community, increase its audience, and foster new partnerships. Relevant policy and regulatory structures will be empowered with empirical evidence indicating ways to transfer the community energy approach in bioenergy and heating. Finally, the project is backed by a multidisciplinary consortium covering all relevant stakeholders and knowledge requirements. It also includes key stakeholders that are considered natural recipients of its results (existing energy communities, RESCoops, Federations and local/national authorities).
CERTH team’s expertise in biomass valorization and its experience from its role as technical partner in numerous national and EU funded research projects related to biomass exploitation and market uptake projects- like AgroBioHeat, AGROinLOG, uP_Running, Biomasud Plus – will aid in CERTH’s successful involvement mainly in WP4 as WP leader. WP4 focuses mostly on the provision of services, including the technical support and guidance that CERTH will provide to RESCoops (e.g. selection of technologies, supply chain recommendations) and on the demonstration activities that will be performed. CERTH will also develop a report including the evaluation results coming from the pilot activities. Also, CERTH will actively participate in the development of the technical support services catalogues and the development of the knowledge exchange platform. Lastly, CERTH will also serve as the technical support partner to the pilot area partner in Greece (Energy Community in Karditsa, ESEK) and the pilot case in the Municipality of Tirano, Italy.
Dr. Panagiotis Grammelis (Scientific Responsible)
Mr. Manolis Karampinis (Project Manager)
Mr. Michalis Kougioumtzis (Research Associate)