Implementation of the CHEFUB project was successfully completed on 31.12.2012, as set forth during project planning. All activities were successfully realized. And in each activity all goals and results were achieved in accordance with the budget presented. This has been demonstrated through regular monitoring during implementation, whereby the Steering Commission and external monitors continuously followed project progress.
The final technical report was elaborated by project team after end of the project implementation, which was sent to the European commission to the approval. The final report is available here: TECHNICAL FINAL REPORT
Comparison of results and outputs to project goals
When analysing fulfilment of objectives, outcomes and outputs BIOMASA came to the conclusion that all project objectives were met and all outcomes and results achieved.
The Project Team (PT) invested time and planning on building awareness of the use of biomass among professionals and the general public. Numerous promotional materials were prepared and published, and a new website was created, www.biomasa.sk, which was updated daily with detailed information about project progress, organized activities and a variety of other information including project photographs and videos.
A very successful activity was the creation of TV spots, which are a part of the display stand and were also aired on countrywide television TV LUX and on regional stations. The first spot was produced in December 2010 and the second final spot, „Medalion“, was aired during November and December of 2012. The first spot was also published on the official site of the EC in an English version.
The implementation of many promotional activities had a very positive effect on interest in pellets on the Slovak market. BIOMASA's priority from the start of pellet production in 2004 has been to supply pellets to the Slovak market in the interests of encouraging domestic production and the local economy. Also thanks to these activities, in the last three years (during project implementation) the number of Slovak consumers of pellets has increased significantly and exceeded export.
ANALYSIS OF LONG-TERM BENEFITS
All of BIOMASA's activities are undertaken in accordance with the main priorities of national and European politics such as State Environmental policy, the National strategy for permanent sustainable growth, the Action plan for the use of biomass 2008-2013, the National action plan for renewable sources of energy, and the EU strategy Europa 2020.
BIOMASA is also an active participant in the preparation of national documents in the area of environmental policy, and plans to remain so in future.
One of the main objectives and outcomes of the project was to reduce CO2 emissions. The table below shows that each activity reduced CO2 emissions, and BIOMASA's goal is to maintain this trend through continuing activities including a focus on environmental aspects.
Graph showing reductions in emissions of CO2 according to individual project activities
BIOMASA calculates CO2 emissions in its operations annually, and sees a long-term trend of reduced CO2 emissions. With implemented modifications to the technology of pellet and heat production, and the reconstruction of further boiler rooms these numbers will fall further. Contributions will be focused on maintaining this decreasing trend.
The CHEFUB project was focused on increasing the quality of pellet production such that pellets would meet the strictest standards of the EU. Certificates obtained by BIOMASA attesting that produced pellets fulfil the strictest standards of the EU and are made to the standards of ENplus A1, A2.
A new quality evaluation system for sawdust was introduced after installing truck scales and appealing to suppliers to invoice for deliveries based on tonnage. Invoicing based on volume resulted in quite biased billing. Prices had been set according to the volume of containers that were not always filled to capacity. For this reason BIOMASA introduced a system of weighing every delivery of sawdust and measuring its humidity.
Increasing of the produced pellets
In 2008, 11,327 tonnes were produced. In the next year, 2009, there was a decrease in the amount of pellets produced, due in part to frequent failures on the production line. In 2010, adjustments began to be made, after which a modest but steady increase in production began, despite the line still being often interrupted due to adjustments and tuning. In following years the goal of 12 thousand tonnes annual production was reached. Due to the project the quantity of sawdust consumed per 1-ton pellets produced was reduced.
This graph indicates the amount of pellets produced in the period 2008 - 2012.
Another important economic indicator is growth in the number of Slovak customers for pellets sold. This graph shows an overview of pellets sold, broken down according to members of the association, the Slovak market, and the European market.
Reconstruction of boilers to burn pellets
Through reconstruction, old and inefficient fossil fuel-burning boilers (which, in many cases, even burned unsafe garbage) were replaced with new and effective boilers that burn pellets, and this contributed to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 2,043 tonnes yearly. The situation is sustainable over the long term for three reasons: contracts are signed for a period of 12 months with an optional extension; heating with wood pellets provides a level of comfort equal to that provided by natural gas; and nearly uninterrupted supply and service is provided to consumers. In many cases, the switch to wood pellets led to a decrease in heating costs, which is a primary concern of many consumers. An equally important facet is the availability of wood pellets from the domestic market and the consequent strengthening of the local economy.
Increase of heat consumption in reconstructed boiler rooms for individual years
Demonstration of boiler management processes
The demonstration process of boiler operation brought numerous improvements to this area and contributed to making older wood pellet-fired boilers more efficient.
Optimisation of boiler management enabled the installed command and control systems to monitor not only on individual boilers, but also service technicians. The system enables storage of all service data and daily, monthly and annual evaluations of the boilers and the performance of service technicians according to their region and individual boiler rooms.
Another positive effect is seen in heat management. Data from meters can be downloaded from the boiler whenever necessary. From such data, heat in the object can be regulated daily as needed, whether during workdays or on weekends. If it is found that heat consumption is high when the object is not in use (i.e. in a school during the weekend), the administrator of the building can be notified that it is in their own interest to take corrective action (i.e. to close the thermostatic valves) and thus reduce excess consumption. Heat is thus efficiently consumed and ultimately the customer pays less.
These measures and the resulting benefits are sustainable, and BIOMASA will continue with these activities to promote this trend in future.
The project produced a noteable result in the creation of four sustainable jobs that will remain important after project completion.
In conclusion, the project has been very highly evaluated, as mentioned previously and evidenced by national and international awards. In 2012 BIOMASA won the ENERGY GLOBE AWARD NATIONAL for the second time.
The new systems introduced brought technological innovations that contributed to an increase in the quantity of pellets produced, a reduction in CO2 emissions, greater efficiency in the operation of boilers, and boilers newly reconstructed to burn pellets. The number of customers for pellets in Slovakia increased, and also positive results and interesting activities for children including field trips, competitions, and summer biomass camps.