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Biomass Canada Cluster, AgroBioHeat to host webinar on developing bioenergy projects in rural communities

February 11, 2022
By BioMass Canada

Biomass Canada Cluster and AgroBioHeat has announced they will be jointly hosting a webinar, “Panel Discussion – Enabling factors to successfully develop and deploy a bioenergy project in rural communities,” on Feb. 28, 2022, from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST.

Globally, using bioenergy from locally produced forest and agricultural biomass has been at the forefront of decreasing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in rural communities – from space heating in rural households and buildings to commercial and industrial operations such as grain drying and food and animal production. This has largely been accomplished through the adoption of biomass burners/boilers. Although the capital cost, efficiency and utilization rate of bioenergy technologies are usually considered the key factors for the technical and economic viability of bioenergy projects in rural communities, there are other enabling factors that contribute to the successful development and deployment of bioenergy projects over their lifetimes such as the supply security of affordable biomass with consistent quality, biomass pricing, incentives and policy supports, air emissions regulations, annual energy demand, availability of other alternative energy sources, etc.

For this webinar, Biomass Canada Cluster and the AgroBioHeat Project have invited panel members with the demonstrated experience in bioenergy project management to discuss how to evaluate, build and maintain a “bioenergy project” in a systematic approach over its expected lifetime by identifying the enabling factors and their contribution to the success of bioenergy projects in rural communities.

The webinar will be moderated by Manolis Karampinis, chairperson of WG Agrobiomass/Bioenergy Europe, AgroBioHeat project coordinator and research associate at CERTH/CPERI, and Mahmood Ebadian, research associate at the University of British Columbia’s Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group, and IEA Bioenergy Task 39 coordinator.


Panelists include Olly Harrison, a cereal farmer and biomass producer in Liverpool, England; Adam Sherman, senior consultant at VEIC; and Dr. John Gilliland, director of global agriculture and sustainability, Devenish/Appointed Professor of practice in agriculture and sustainability by Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Fore more information and to register for the free webinar, click here.

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