Learning to solve problems in the bioenergy supply chain.

Six short pilot actions were prepared for the BioPAD project to highlight different issues and impediments to development of the sector along the bioenergy supply chain. The objective was to help find solutions to issues along the bioenergy supply chain for suppliers, support services and users.

Advice was provided to six pilot businesses on potential resolutions for their problems and strategies for the development of their enterprises by specialist bioenergy consultants. They provided information, advice and support to each pilot action client and prepared a short report on each describing the barriers to growth and options for overcoming them. More general learnings and options for tackling obstacles in bioenergy supply chains also formed part of each of the reports.

Supply chain pilot action cover

A BioPAD goal is to ensure that the advice and learnings from these projects is accessible to others in the bioenergy supply chain and that the advice is shared widely. The pilot action report aims to do this.

The report addresses the following issues:

  1. Converting a working animal feed mill to a wood pellet plant
  2. Large Building Upgrading/Replacing Biomass System
  3. Selling Heat from a log gasifier boiler
  4. Hotel Remote from Regular Supplies of fuel
  5. Teething Issues with a new Woodchip Boiler
  6. Haulage Firm Expanding into Wood Energy

You can see the pilot action report here: BioPAD Supply Chain Pilot Actions Final 23.09.14

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Developing a local bioenergy market can provide significant opportunities for rural and remote areas, by improving security of energy supply, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions and stimulating the local economy by creating jobs and keeping payments for energy within the local community. A new project, BioPAD (Bioenergy Proliferation and Deployment), which targets the Northern Periphery of Europe, aims to ensure that bioenergy becomes more widely used and that awareness of the opportunities it provides are increased. The project will help the development of bioenergy and improve our understanding of the links between supply and demand by looking at supply chains for a variety of bioenergy fuels and different ways of converting these fuels into sustainable energy. Understanding the supply chains and the ways bioenergy moves from fuel source to energy provision will help the establishment of robust and efficient supply services which can match local demand. BioPAD is led by the Western Development Commission www.wdc.ie (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) http://www.northernperiphery.eu
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