BIOMASS POTENTIAL IN RURAL ISLAND COMMUNITIES

GREECE, CRETE, ANOGIA

Biomass / Bioenergy, Local business models, Local skills empowerment

Overview

This pilot action analyses the impact of traditional fireplaces on indoor/outdoor air quality and builds awareness to local population about more efficient and environmental friendly heating systems. Also, it studies the feasibility of setting up a pellets production plant for the exploitation of locally produced biomass.


The pilot delivers:

  • methodology for the assessment of social, economic and environmental impacts from the use of wood biomass;
  • report on the main findings and lessons learnt from the statistical analysis of data collected during on-field surveys and measurements;
  • practical guide on heating systems with the exploitation of the biomass residues and
  • feasibility study of a local production plant for pellets.

Macro objectives:

  • Increase energy independence with the development of a local small chips production unit
  • Efficient exploitation of local biomass residues
  • Improve indoor & outdoor air quality in rural areas 

Specific objectives

  • Raise awareness of the local population & local authorities on more efficient biomass heating systems
  • Provide local actors with a business opportunity of setting up and operating a local small wood pellet production unit
  • Reduced cost for heating for rural households

 

Impacts to be achieved by 2030: 

  • CO2 emissions saved/y: 13.2 t
  • Thermal energy generated from RES: 186,000 kWh/y


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Contacts

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Lab-Technical University of Crete

 

Stavroula Tournaki

Senior Expert, EU projects manager

stavroula.tournaki@enveng.tuc.gr

 

Nikos Savvakis

Researcher