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Biomass plants are growing in Italy


They grow up in Italy biomass plants for energy production. At a pace that was sustained in the four-year period 2009-2013 after almost ten years of slow growth. From 2000 to 2008 the number of biomass plants in fact, it increased by less than 50% (from 186 to 352 units) and then exploded in 2009 with a growth rate of 81% compared to the previous year (ISPRA data - The production of electricity from renewable source plants in Italy).

The reasons for this acceleration can be found in the profitability of biomass plants guaranteed by incentives such as the all-inclusive tariff (valid for plants under one megawatt of power), green certificates and CIP6.

But what is the photography of today biomass plants in Italy? At the end of 2012, the latest reliable data available, the gross efficient power had reached 3,801 MW compared to 685 installed in 2000, with an average growth rate of approximately 17% per year. In terms of gross electricity production, the increase was constant from year to year, going from 1,906 GWh in 2000 to 12,487 GWh in 2012, with an average growth rate of 17.5% (ISPRA processing on TERNA data).

Even more significant than the growth is the world leadership position held by Italy in applications to the production of electricity from solid biomass with ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) technology, which makes the role of biomass plants and of the entire biomass-energy chain.

Of all this we talk about mcTER Forest 2015 (Milan - 25 June) the fifth edition of the conference exhibition dedicated to the best technologies and solutions for biomass plants. The event is organized by the Italian Exhibition Organization and the Italian Thermotechnical Committee (CTI) and will be accompanied by two parallel events: mcTER, dedicated to the themes of cogeneration in the industrial sector, and mcTER Bio-Gas dedicated to gaseous fuels.

Regional distribution in Italy of biomass plants for the production of electricity (source TERNA):

  • Lombardy (26.4%)
  • Veneto (14%)
  • Emilia Romagna (12.2%)
  • Piedmont (10.6%)
  • Trentino South Tyrol (7%)
  • Tuscany (5.3%)
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia (4.1%)
  • Lazio (3.4%)
  • Brands (2.5%)
  • Umbria (2.3%)
  • Apulia (2.2%)
  • Sicily (2%)
  • Campania (1.9%)
  • Abruzzo (1,5%)
  • Calabria (1.4%)
  • Sardinia (1.3%)
  • Liguria (0.6%)
  • Basilicata (0.6%)
  • Molise (0.4%)
  • Aosta Valley (0.2%)