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WBA hosts Swedish study trip for high-level Ukrainian delegation 

A high-level Ukrainian delegation comprising of policymakers, investors, civil society and city officials visited Stockholm, Sweden on invitation by World Bioenergy Association (WBA) for a two-day study trip during October 23 - 24, 2018. The event included a full day ‘Sweden Ukraine Bioenergy Cooperation Forum’ followed by site visits to bioenergy installations. The forum was organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in Sweden and the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio).

A high-level Ukrainian delegation comprising of policymakers, investors, civil society and city officials visited Stockholm, Sweden. The event included a full day ‘Sweden Ukraine Bioenergy Cooperation Forum’ followed by site visits to bioenergy installations (photo courtesy WBA).

Held on October 23, the Sweden Ukraine Bioenergy Cooperation Forum was attended by both Swedish and Ukrainian stakeholders in the bioenergy and renewable energy sector. The forum was an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices of sustainable development of biomass resources to produce electricity, heating and transport fuels.

Separate sessions in the forum focussed on already existing cooperation in energy, bioenergy development in Sweden and Ukraine, technological solutions for efficient conversion of biomass and waste to energy, and projects and financing for the development of bioenergy in Ukraine.

The following day, WBA organised two site visits for the delegates to know first-hand, the development of bioenergy and waste using combined heat and power (CHP) technology in Sweden. The first site visit was to Vattenfall’s waste-fired CHP plant in Uppsala which produces 146 MWel and 828 MWth along with district cooling and steam for the city of Uppsala.

The second visit was to E.ON’s Högbytorp “closed-loop” facility in northwest Stockholm which is under construction. Once completed in 2019, the CHP plant will produce 425 GWh heating and 165 GWh electricity. The dry fermentation biogas plant at the site is already operational with an annual production capacity of 60 GWh of vehicle-grade biomethane.

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