BECoop – Unlocking the community energy potential to support the market uptake of bioenergy heating technologies

BECoop – Unlocking the community energy potential to support the market uptake of bioenergy heating technologies

Coordinator: White Research

  • White Reseach SPRL
  • Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy Stichting (IEECP)
  • Fundación CIRCE – Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos (CIRCE)
  • Energeiakh Koinothta Karditsas Syn.PE (ESEK)
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (CERTH)
  • Q-PLAN International Advisors (Q-PLAN)
  • Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
  • Community Oborniki Slaskie (OBS)
  • Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences (WUELS)
  • Federazione Italiana Produttori di Energia da Fonte Rinnovabile (FIPER)
  • Sudtiroler Energie Verband Genossenschaft (SEV)

While community energy is about to play a huge role for the future energy transition, bioenergy has a very slow development in decentralised energy production. BECoop’s ambition is to foster a broad deployment of bioenergy technologies in the heating sector across Europe by providing all necessary conditions and support tools to unlock the underlying market potential of community bioenergy.

By using BECoop support services and tools, energy communities and authorities will be able to (i) mobilize citizens around existing or new community bioenergy initiatives, (ii) boost local bioenergy demand by improving its image and social acceptance, and (iii) increase feasibility of their endeavours by identifying suitable technical, business and financial solutions, as well as by pooling expertise and partnerships from the wider EU bioenergy ecosystem.

In order to showcase the approach and build trust, 4 pilot cases across Europe will target existing energy communities seeking to include bioenergy heating projects, and local/national authorities aiming at initiating novel bioenergy community structures in support of their clean energy transition goals.

BECoop moves beyond local challenges: the concept will be replicated to more EU cases, thus improving the robustness and attractiveness of community bioenergy investments. BECoop will also create links between the international Bioenergy Community, increase its audience and foster new partnerships. Relevant policy and regulatory structures will be empowered with empirical evidence indicating ways to transfer the community energy approach in bioenergy and heating. The project is backed by a multidisciplinary consortium covering all relevant stakeholders and knowledge requirements. It also includes key stakeholders considered natural recipients of the results (existing energy communities, RESCoop Federations and local/national authorities).

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952930.