Romania can use more bioenergy
Norsk Energi has recently collaborated with the Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster to promote bioenergy use in Romania.
Romania is a country that we in Norway know little about, but nevertheless, this country has an interesting energy and environmental perspective. The energy consumption is on the same level as in Norway, but it mainly relies on coal, oil and gas (84 %).
None-fossil energy consumption is dominated by hydropower and nuclear power, while bioenergy accounts for less than 2 %.
Many experts believe that Romania has the potential to extend its use of bioenergy in the district heating sector, service industry and in residential buildings. There is an opportunity to increase the use of wood waste from industrial processes, utilization of wood chips and pellets from woody biomass and straw from the agriculture. Geographically, significant potential exists in Transylvania, a region in the central part of Romania, which is rich of mountains and forests.
Our Romanian partner, Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster has an office in Gheorghe, Transylvania. The organization was established in 2011 with the aim of increasing the use of bioenergy by promoting cooperation between local authorities, universities, research communities and commercial actor. Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster has invited Norsk Energi to participate in a knowledge exchange project funded by the EEA Grants / Norway Grants. The main focus of our joint project was the increased use of bioenergy in small remote municipalities in Transylvania, and in June, meetings were held with municipal authorities in the villages Belin, Moieciu and Vama Buzaului.
A delegation from Romania visited Norway in August 2017. The delegation discussed future bioenergy cooperation with Innovation Norway, Nobio, NVE and Norsk Energi, and visited the bioenergy facility at Kjelsås School, Statkraft Heat Heating Center at Ås and Oslofjord Heat pellet boiler at The State Center for Epilepsy in Bærum.