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National Biomass Association (BGBIOM)

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National Biomass Association (BGBIOM) is a non-government non-commercial association which was establisehd in the autumn of 1998. In October same year BGBIOM became member of European Biomass Association (AEBIOM). The aim of the as

National Biomass Association (BGBIOM) is a non-government non-commercial association which was establisehd in the autumn of 1998. In October same year BGBIOM became member of European Biomass Association (AEBIOM).
The aim of the association is to co-ordinate and facilitate the research and development works in the fields of biomass resources, biofuel production technologies, biofuel market in the transport, heat and energy sector, as well as in the field of biomass non-energy products.
Main goals of the BGBIOM are: 
·Defend the professional rights of the people working in the field of biomass in the country and confirmation of their equality under law, state and employers.
·Represent of their interests towards the authorities and employers.
·Participation in the social collaboration.
·Improvement of the parameters of the current methods of cultivating and manufacturing of the biomass and therefore parameter of the environment.
·Increasing the possibility of production of energy and materials for the biomass industry.
·Propagandising general conclusions for surmounting difficulties before the use of biomass.
·Improving international cooperating in the biomass sphere.
·Assistance in realization of international projects.
·Initiation of science developments.
BGBIOM accomplishes these aims by:
·Propaganda and information for approval of science activities, connected with production and application of the biomass in the Industry and Energetic (publishing of a news bulletin; circulation of documents)
·Organizing the publishing of materials and education (courses, seminars, conferences, symposia, exhibitions)
·Publishing (connected with collaboration with schools at all levels)
·Co-operating with organizations in this field including foreign and international organizations
·Consultative and expert activity
·Creating and maintenance of the card-index of specialists in this sphere
Recent years Bulgarian National Biomass Association took part in different projects, related to the re-use of agricultural waste and residues. In the frames of the project INEMAD (Improved Nutrient and Energy Management through Anaerobic Digestion) new flows of energy and materials within the agricultural sector (or linked to the agricultural sector) have been analysed for creating opportunities for re-thinking the relation between crop and livestock production. The possibilities for biogas production from animal manure and plant residues in partner countries have been studied. Composting of waste residues and using the compost for soil re-cultivation has been explored as well. A comparison of nutrient content in composted solid residues from anaerobic digestion and bio-fertilizers has been performed . The economic efficiency of different installations for bioenergy production and composting has been compared, too.
The new EU programme H2020 also gives possibilities for developing bioenergy investigations. The project B4B (Bioenergy for Business „Uptake of Solid Bioenergy in European Commercial Sectors”, Horizon 2020, Coordination and Support Action [6]) explores the possibilities to increase the usage of bioenergy. This task should be realized through a fuel-switch from coal, oil or natural gas, used in “in-house” boilers in commercial sectors for heat purposes or in district heating, to solid biomass sources – wood pellets and chips.
The project BioRES (Sustainable Regional Supply Chains for Woody Bioenergy, Horizon 2020) aimed to increase the local production and consumption of wood biomass via the development of Biomass Logistics and Trade Centres (BLTCs). The project gave a thorough and useful insight into all important aspects of the BLTC concept – from the wood logging process to the delivery of quality solid biofuels to the end users, through presentation of practical guidance and best practices from European technology leaders. 
As a result of both projects, B4B and BioRES, the interest to wood pellet production from wood and plant residues and its use for heating in Bulgaria raised. The use of pellets for heating is expected to decrease air pollution.
The last project, ENABLING (Enhance New Approaches in BioBased Local Innovation Networks for Growth) is related to cycle economy. It intends to respond to the need, felt by practitioners across Europe, of improving and systematising collaboration among the different stakeholders, and in particular between the source of biomass streams, and the processing and transformation industry, or Bio-Based Industry (BBI). The main goal of the project is to support the spreading of best practices and innovation in the provision, production, and pre-processing of biomass for the BBI. In particular, ENABLING aims at creating appropriate conditions for the development of efficient biomass to BBPs (Bio-Based Products and Processes) value chains. The agricultural waste and residues are considered as important source of biomass for BBPs as well.