The climate change mitigation potential of biomass fuels can roughly be doubled by using them in CHP systems, which clearly underlines the priority which should be given to CHP solutions.
The CODE2 project has assessed the EU level bio-energy CHP potential in its EU bio-energy CHP roadmap, by aggregating national analyses conducted for 25 EU Member States
Analysing the overall picture from the member state level bio-energy CHP potential analyses, the following trends and conclusions can be made:
- There will be a steady increase in CHP heat demand in the EU until 2030
- The strong increase in biomass for heating as stipulated in the MS’s NREAPs will also support the development of bio-energy CHP
- The expected penetration rate of bio-energy CHP in CHP markets is expected to reach 27,1% in 2030 (up from 19,5% in 2009)16
- The framework conditions – politically, economically, regarding awareness – for (bioenergy) CHP vary greatly throughout EU
- Under optimum framework conditions on national level, the penetration rate could reach 33% in 2030
- For the projected development, sufficient cost-efficient and sustainably produced biomass resources are available on a national level for further growth of bio-energy CHP. Again, the situation varies greatly between member states. In densely populated countries the nationally available biomass resources may fall short of the demand.
- To maximise the potential, technological progress towards the use of the whole range of biomass fuels should be promoted
The presentations during the final dissemination workshop on these subjects:
2014 – Presentation of bio-energy CHP roadmap