Current district heating systems in Slovakia consist of old, environmentally ineffective technologies and heat production depends on externally supplied natural gas. Thus energy production is not stable, leave huge ecological footprint and does not promote local economy and use of local renewable sources. The objective of the project is to ensure stable heat supply from local biomass, maximization of the use of local renewable energy sources by modern technologies and providing sustainable and efficient biomass logistic operations. The project is expected to provide renewable energy of total 12,5MW from biomass by installed central heating plants in Slovak towns Trebišov, Tlmače and Poltár. During the project implementation will be also applied knowledge of 3 respected Norwegian partners throughout whole energy value chain (biomass production, biomass processing and energy production). The project will benefit public by providing stable and effective heat supply from local biomass and local business and unemployed who will benefit from fuel base change (from natural gas to local biomass).
Summary of project results
More than 4 years of preparation and implementation of the SINBIO project have brought not only a nvaluable experience for the project team (from the preparation of 9 public procurement contracts, through cooperation with foreign-Norwegian partners to the construction works themselves), but especially the most important - real results. The city of Trebišov has been heated for more than a year with a brass and chips by means of a modern energy source of Trebišovská energetická, s.r.o. located in peripheral part of the city outside the residential areas. The pilot planting of fast growing woods was launched during the opening ceremony of the new Trebišov boiler house in May 2016. The new transport equipment for the transport and processing of biomass used needed for heat production (not only in Trebišov) was began to be used together with the agricultural machines procured by EPPROS, s.r.o. and Ľubica Takáčová. In order to reduce logistics costs, the Hriňová Division's service center was built, and since the summer of 2016 this centre was able to provide service and minor repairs of the transport equipment within its own direction. A new information system should have been helped to increase logistical cost savings, allowing processing the biomass logistics information in real time. Internal training of employees as well as external seminars in the area of heating and energy business are carried out in the reconstructed building of the administrative center. Overall, due to the systemic change of fuel base from fossil fuels to local biomass, more than 20 jobs have been created (including several seats occupied by local marginalized communities) and CO2 emissions are reduced by an average of 8,000t / year. During the implementation period, the project faced several difficult tests and challenges. One of them was also the construction of a pipeline connection from a new boiler to an existing distribution system in Trebišov with a length of almost 11 km, with the available time being slightly more than 3 months (until the start of the winter heating season 2015). Another challenge was the provision of agricultural biomass - straw in the Trebiš region for the needs of a new boiler room.
Summary of bilateral results
Partners from the contributing countries have implemented agreed work on the project in implementing periods. Partner 4 produced the final output of the project based on the agreed requirements, Partner 5 and Partner 6 also submitted output in the implementation period of the project. During the project implementation the knowledge of 3 respected Norwegian partners throughout whole energy value chain (biomass production, biomass processing and energy production) was applied.