Document / search engine: Regional case studies for biomass and bioenergy production – Case Study Slovakia: INTECH Slovakia – Národná Energetická
Framework project: Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt
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Website link: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/uploads/media/approved_project_public/0001/22/99724a09dee855cb8b421057e7e945fddb902701.pdf
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Based on selection criteria the INTECH SLOVAKIA -NÁRODNÁ ENERGETICKÁ has been conducted
as a qualitative research in Slovakia. The case study represents group of companies, active in
heating production as well as management of biomass feedstock supply and operations. Majority
of installed heat production capacity is based on biomass feedstock, including wooden chips,
pellets, as well as straw and hay, which makes the case study relevant for the project.
Company is operating heat production units in 8 different sites, located nationwide across
Slovakia, mainly in the region of Mid to South Slovakia. Location of sites is directly related local to
biomass feedstock availability as well as other socio-economic factors.
Company is, inter alia, involved not only in production of heat (operating boilers and production
sites), but also (via company INTECH SLOVAKIA) on management and supply of biomass
feedstock to both its own operational companies as well to external customers. Bioenergy market
thus represents the main market and basis for the business model.
Successful operations of a business, based on bioenergy and biomass is possible mainly due to
existing policy, regulation as well as relatively well implemented legislation, which stabilizes
overall business. Correct regulation enables active involvement of most of relevant stakeholders,
especially final customers (mainly municipalities), banks ready to finance well-structured
projects as well as technology providers. Combination of the above mentioned factors and
stakeholders’ involvement enable sustainable and continuously development of the company.
Company is very sensitive on costs and tendency to use the cheapest biomass feedstock, such as
waste wooden chips and residuals, is preferred. This is resulting into logistics applications, where
road transportation, utilizing preferably own handling and transportation fleet is used.
The closes Danube port is located approx. 50 km from the closes operations and currently inland
water transport is not used by the company. However, as overall operations and volumes of
biomass feedstock are increasing, Company might potentially consider using water transport in
future. Main factors for this decision however are (i) availability and price of local biomass
feedstock, (ii) price of imported biomass potentially available, (iii) total volumes of biomass
processed, and (iv) pricing of local transportation, where new technologies with lower
operational costs might start to play significant role for final decision.
Lessons learned from the Slovak case study are mainly (i) proper implementation of EU
supportive policy is a must for successful development of the biomass market, (ii) proper
marketing and involvement of all types of stakeholders plays important role during
implementation of business model, (iii) usage of Danube water way might be realistically
considered in mid-term future, due to expected development of important decision making
Countries/regions described/represented: Slovakia