Moldovan Journalists studying the best practice in renewable energy and energy efficiency from market leaders in Denmark

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A group of Moldovan journalists participated in a study tour to Denmark within 7-11 December to learn the experience of this country in using biomass energy. The study tour was organized by the Energy and Biomass Project, financed by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, Danish Innovation Network for Biomass (INBIOM), and Enterprise Europe Network Program.
Denmark is among the world leaders in using renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, undertaking to become the first country in the world independent from fossil energy resources by 2050.
The study tour included presentation sessions by Danish national authorities and journalists specialized in the energy sector, as well as visits to the most important bioenergy projects in Denmark, such as the Samsoe Island, which is supplied by 100% with renewable energy, Masnedo Island producing heat power for a town with seven thousand inhabitants and greenhouses from the region. The cogeneration plant produces over 8 MW of electric power, and 21 MW of heat power, and consumes annually circa 40 thousand tons of agricultural waste, particularly straw.
„Today, we are visiting the Samsoe Island, where people drive electric cars, have biomass based heating, electricity from wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, and hot water from solar collectors. The population of the island invested in these green technologies, local people being the owners of technologies and taking care that they operate correctly and that the energy tariffs be attractive for them. Before that, we visited a Danish briquetting line manufacturing company and were happy to hear that a Moldovan wine producer has recently purchased one such line and soon will produce briquettes out of remnants from vine pruning,” stated Ina Zglavuță, Press Office at Energy and Biomass Project in Moldova.
The delegation members also visited the most important public-private organization created by the Danish Government – State of Green, which includes the most important private and state actors in renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.
The journalists were impressed by the extent of using renewable energy sources in all areas. „Farmers transform waste into energy: pig farms are heated by power generated from straw, biogas plants generating heat and electric power as a result of using waste from pig farms and straw. Nothing is wasted”, said Rodica Căruntu, Prime TV reporter.
„We visited a town similar to Soroca by population, where 70% of the energy reaching the houses through a centralized system comes from the straw that burned in a large heat power plant operated automatically by only 2-3 employees per shift. Everything is operated automatically, starting with ballot loading, putting on the conveyor, introducing in the boiler, and cleaning the boiler. Another biomass based heat power plant will be built during the next two years, which will cover the total energy needs of the town, thus substituting the natural gas,” stated Igor Fomin, chief editor at on-line publication MyBusiness.md
UN Building in Copenhagen benefits from electric power generated by over 1000 photovoltaic panels installed on its roof, which covers the consumption needs by 50%. The roof is built so as to collect the rain water which is subsequently used in the flash toilet, while the seawater is used for the cooling system in the building, stated Cristina Panov, specialist at Business Events and International Relations Division of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The delegation also visited the specialized newspaper Landbrugsavisen, read by 90% of the Danish farmers, the Aarhus University, the Danish Council for Agriculture, representing companies from agro-industrial and bioenergy sectors, with a total of 150 thousand employees and 21 billion Euro in exports.