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Biomass Heating Solutions for Armenia

11 September 2017
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On 1 September, the EU-funded “Biomass Heating Solutions for Rural Development – BioRuralHeating” project came to an end with a discussion of the project outcomes and perspectives at the Barva Innovation Centre in Talin, Aragatsotn marz. The “Green Energy Association” implemented the project from September 2015 until September 2017. The Barva Innovation Centre was the main industrial partner of the project.

ARS_2242The overall objective of BioRuralHeating was to promote biomass as a source of thermal energy in rural communities, create biomass-processing markets, create jobs, and provide new income sources. The specific objectives were: to build strategic partnerships between farmers, research and development centres, the public and private sectors; to strengthen capacity among these stakeholders; to raise the level of local public awareness and promote biomass for domestic heating and to develop a set of decision-making tools for social enterprises to produce and use biomass in heating applications in rural areas. Beneficiary and target groups of the project included state and local self-governing bodies, farmers, and other individuals and organisations engaged in biosynthesis for energy generation.
The Barva Innovation Centre was established in 2005, and its operations involve: high-quality technological manufacturing; device building; information technologies. The centre has the most up-to-date equipment for biomass processing. In the framework of the project 6 communities have been provided with devices producing energy with the help of biomass.

ARS_2358Hoa-Binh Adjemian, the Head of the Cooperation section of the EU Delegation, attended the project closing event. He toured the facility and spoke of his satisfaction with the project’s achievements: ‘I came here 3 years ago, and it was a completely different experience – there was nothing like this! It is very good to come back and see the project’s results. What is more important, however, is the pilot nature of the project – we have many lessons to learn. If a pilot project is successful, this needs to be shared, particularly with Government agencies to expand the project. But it’s not just as simple as that – we need to make sure that the financial business model is working as well. A third, impartial set of eyes is necessary to confirm this. With biomass, there is a marketing issue because politicians prefer solar and wind energy, as they are easier to sell. Therefore, for biomass, more active work must be done with investors and government representatives’.

ARS_2389Aram Vardanyan, the CEO of Barva Innovation Centre, spoke of his hopes for the future: ‘In our opinion, the project has been quite successful. I recently had the opportunity to present our project at the 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden. Our project received good feedback. Giuliano Grassi, the Secretary General of European Biomass Industry Association, highly appreciated our achievements and is going to send a representative to Armenia at the end of this month to discuss how we can integrate into other EU programmes. Through the project we have also published 2 books on the use of biomass in Armenia. The conclusion is that Armenia has so much renewable biomass waste, enough to produce three times the current energy demand of the entire country – this is highly promising. This waste can be obtained from sanitary cleaning of forests, agricultural waste, and the gathering and harvesting of wild plants’.

Biomass Heating Solutions for Armenia

On 1 September, the EU-funded “Biomass Heating Solutions for Rural Development – BioRuralHeating” project came to an end with a discussion of the project outcomes and perspectives at the Barva Innovation Centre in Talin, Aragatsotn marz. The “Green Energy Association” implemented the project from September 2015 until September 2017. The Barva Innovation Centre was the main industrial partner of the project.

ARS_2242The overall objective of BioRuralHeating was to promote biomass as a source of thermal energy in rural communities, create biomass-processing markets, create jobs, and provide new income sources. The specific objectives were: to build strategic partnerships between farmers, research and development centres, the public and private sectors; to strengthen capacity among these stakeholders; to raise the level of local public awareness and promote biomass for domestic heating and to develop a set of decision-making tools for social enterprises to produce and use biomass in heating applications in rural areas. Beneficiary and target groups of the project included state and local self-governing bodies, farmers, and other individuals and organisations engaged in biosynthesis for energy generation. The Barva Innovation Centre was established in 2005, and its operations involve: high-quality technological manufacturing; device building; information technologies. The centre has the most up-to-date equipment for biomass processing. In the framework of the project 6 communities have been provided with devices producing energy with the help of biomass.

ARS_2358Hoa-Binh Adjemian, the Head of the Cooperation section of the EU Delegation, attended the project closing event. He toured the facility and spoke of his satisfaction with the project’s achievements: 'I came here 3 years ago, and it was a completely different experience – there was nothing like this! It is very good to come back and see the project’s results. What is more important, however, is the pilot nature of the project – we have many lessons to learn. If a pilot project is successful, this needs to be shared, particularly with Government agencies to expand the project. But it’s not just as simple as that – we need to make sure that the financial business model is working as well. A third, impartial set of eyes is necessary to confirm this. With biomass, there is a marketing issue because politicians prefer solar and wind energy, as they are easier to sell. Therefore, for biomass, more active work must be done with investors and government representatives'.

ARS_2389Aram Vardanyan, the CEO of Barva Innovation Centre, spoke of his hopes for the future: 'In our opinion, the project has been quite successful. I recently had the opportunity to present our project at the 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden. Our project received good feedback. Giuliano Grassi, the Secretary General of European Biomass Industry Association, highly appreciated our achievements and is going to send a representative to Armenia at the end of this month to discuss how we can integrate into other EU programmes. Through the project we have also published 2 books on the use of biomass in Armenia. The conclusion is that Armenia has so much renewable biomass waste, enough to produce three times the current energy demand of the entire country – this is highly promising. This waste can be obtained from sanitary cleaning of forests, agricultural waste, and the gathering and harvesting of wild plants'.