Questionnaire for Value chains - Prunings and Plantation Removal
Value chains : Prime mover and Main Characteristics
Stakeholder Type
Farmer
Agrarian Cooperative
Public Institution
Agro-Services
Final Consumer
Farmer Association
ESCO
Agro Industry
Pellet Producer
Biomass Supplier

Location of Prime Mover

Municipality :
Serra

Latitude :
39.685859

Longitude :
-0.427837



Type of Residue used in value chain
Pruning
Plantation Removal
Both


Crop Species used in Value Chain
olives
vineyards
apples
pears

peaches
apricot
nectarine
plum

cherries
oranges
tangerines
lemons

grapefruit
hazelnuts
chestnuts
almonds

cherry, carob


Typical APPR biomass production (tonnes/year)
60

Start Date of the APPR value chain (Month-Year)
2011
Key success Factors in Value Chain
Keys of successSelect the key success factors of your value chain in scale 0-3. Then indicate the 3 most crucial factors.

Check as many as apply
Factor Group Description Check the influence in success:(0)-Not relevant;(1)-May have influenced;(2)-Important for success;(3)It was crucial;(?)-Unknown Check the 3 most crucial factors in WHOLE table
0 1 2 3 ?
Community
Permanent crop plantations are quite extended. The use of the agrarian residues for biomass was regarded by community as quite beneficial
There was an intense information campaign to promote social acceptance
Local Capacities
There was already service companies/persons with capacities to start new biomass chains on prunings/plantation removal
Pruning Management
The management of the pruning/plantation removal is recognised to be expensive. Farmers found pruning for energy a good idea



Short summary of the initiative (<100 words)
The implementation of this biomass initiative in Serra started in 2011 with an ambitious project leaded by its Town Hall to harness the abundant forest over the Sierra Calderona.The main idea was to convert the wood biomass resulting from the forest into pellets with the aim to be used to the boiles in public buildings of facilities. At that moment, the costs of handling the green residue of Serra spending were 90,000 euro per year and lots amounts of agriculture, foresty and gardening residues are wasted while they could be used as a fuel suitable for the local administration. The first step was to convert the local administration in a consumer of the generated fuel, replacing the traditional heat sources fed by electrical energy with biomass boiles and hot water circuits and radiators. The municipal management raised the renewal of a line of support of the provincial administration towards acquirig a forest chipper and mounting a heating circuit with fed by a multifuel 35kW biomass boiler to install it in the Municipal Nursery. Moreover, a multifuel 65kW biomass boiler was acquired to be used in the offices of the municipal building of the Town Hall. Considering both phases and after three years of the project the municipality of Serra has allowed a total annual savings, waste management nd electricity bills of more than 37,000 euro per year, and a reduction in CO2 emissions over 250 tonnes per year. The next goal for them is to change the current production system to aa semi-industrial process reaching 600-1000 kg/hour.


Actors and Roles in Value Chain

Fuel Specifications
Final form of Biomass prior to Exploitation
Bales of branches
Wood chips
Hog fuel-shredded
Pellets

Value Chain Details and Prices of fuels
End-users
Self-consumption
Industrial heating
Public-private buildings
Distributed heat networks
Biomass to Market






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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691748