Food & Bio Cluster Denmark, in collaboration with Danish Technological Institute and Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, has released “Straw to Energy – Technologies, policy and innovation in Denmark” – the second edition of its successful 2011 publication, updated with the latest information on utilising straw for energy purposes. The publication is part of the AgroBioHeat project, an EU-funded project that draws attention to the plentiful renewable biomass resources available in rural Europe that can contribute to the transition away from fossil fuels.
Denmark has been using straw for energy production for more than 40 years and is world leading in this area. However, Denmark is not the only European country with excess straw, which can be a part of the local fuel supply in the areas where it is grown. The idea behind the publication is to give an overview of how straw is used for energy purposes in Denmark in order for others to be able to replicate this model.
Straw is a carbon-neutral fuel, which means that no more CO2 is released when it is burnt than the plant absorbed from the atmosphere during its growth. This makes it a more climate-friendly alternative to burning fossil fuels – coal, oil, natural gas – for heating of housing, farms, greenhouses, etc., fuelling district heating systems, or even producing electricity and high-added value products.
The “Straw to Energy” publication is currently available in English and Romanian, and in the coming months it will also be released in Croatian, French, Greek, Spanish, and Ukrainian in collaboration with AgroBioHeat partners.
Three additional guides are also planned, focussing on agro-industrial residues, such as olive stones and sunflower husks, as well as maize residues and woody biomass from orchards.