Inventory renewable energy and combined heat and power

EnergyVille / VITO creates an energy balance every year on behalf of the Flemish Region, with an inventory of renewable energy and combined heat and power (CHP).The energy balance outlines a general overview of the energy consumption and production in Flanders per energy carrier for the most important sectors. The publication of the energy balance up to and including data of 2016 is expected soon*. The inventory of renewable energy sources zooms in on the consumption of biomass for energy purposes and on the final consumption of green electricity, green heat and green transport in Flanders. EnergyVille / VITO also draws up an annual overview of the plants for combined heat and power in Flanders.

Inventory renewable energy sources Flanders

This report reflects the situation as it is in September 2017. The total gross green energy production in 2016 decreased by 3.1% compared to 2015. The green heat production increased by 7.6%. Biomass consumption for energy purposes in Flanders increased to 68.5 PJ (+ 2.0% in 2016 compared to 2015).

The assessment of the objectives in accordance with Guideline 2009/28 / EC shows that in 2016 Flanders uses a share of 6.4% of renewable energy sources in the total gross final consumption. This global% is composed of 3 parts:

  • ​The share of gross green electricity in the total gross final consumption of electricity in 2016 is 12.3%.
  • The gross final consumption of renewable energy for heating and cooling amounts to 5.1% of the total gross final energy consumption for heating and cooling.
  • The final consumption of renewable resources for transport amounts to 5.9% of the final consumption for transport

For Belgium, the target is a share of 13% renewable energy in gross final consumption by 2020. Since 4 December 2015, this objective has been divided over the 3 regions and the federal government. In this burden sharing agreement, Flanders commits to achieving 25,074 GWh (= 2,156 Mtoe or 90,267 PJ) final energy from renewable sources by 2020. In 2016, Flanders reached 64.5 PJ of final energy from renewable sources. This means that Flanders will reach 71% of this internal Belgian target in 2016.​

Inventory Combined Heat and Power Flanders 1990-2016

Combined heat and power (CHP) is a way to simultaneously generate heat and electricity in one process, mainly by means of a turbine or motor. As a result, fuel can be saved compared to separate generation of heat in boilers and electricity in power plants. In Flanders, CHP started receiving attention in the mid-nineties of the last century.​

In the context of a reference task commissioned by the Flemish Government, EnergyVille/VITO is taking stock of the CHP capacity in Flanders. An inventory is published annually that contains an analysis of the CHP capacity, the useful energy produced by CHP and the primary energy saving by CHP.

In general, we can speak of a relative status quo in the field of CHP for the data year 2016 compared to the previous year. The total installed capacity has remained virtually the same. Nevertheless, the saving of heat and power has increased slightly due to a slightly higher full load time and a slightly higher efficiency of the operational installations in 2016.

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