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Romania: Thermal energy from wood waste for greener production of wooden houses

House under construction, view from below© sot, GettyImages
Casarbor continues a 40-year-old tradition of wood processing in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania. The company produces wooden houses, stairs, doors and windows, which are ecological, modular and close to the concept of passive houses. To do this, it will now use thermal energy from wood waste.

In December 2020, the company Casarbor kicked-off an EEA and Norway Grants project that is now ensuring less carbon intensive energy, increase the security of supply and create benefits for the local community in Sfantu Georghe, Romania, the wood industry and the environment.

The project is converting wood waste produced at Casarbor into thermal energy. The thermal energy is used for the technology process, space heating and domestic hot water. An outdated heating plant has been replaced by high efficiency biomass boilers to avoid fossil fuel consumption.

Wood waste into thermal energy

The project has reduced air pollution and greenhouse gases in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania. It has also contributed to a reduction in fossil fuels consumption, has creates new jobs all the while raising awareness on the importance of using renewable energy in production.

In 2020, the company received 300,000 euro in funding from the Energy Programme in Romania through the call on Other Renewable Energy Sources (call 3).

Watch the testimonial of the Beneficiary

Actions and results of the projects

The project ensures less carbon intensive energy and increase the security of supply. It is also in charge of:

  • Decreasing an emission estimated at 2,192.21 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • Enduring an estimated annual production of energy from other renewable sources (biomass) of (MWh/y): 9,356.7 MWh/year
  • Replacing fossils energy consumption with low carbon technology
  • Increasing the security of energy supply with In-house Valorisation of Wood Waste
  • Installing a biomass-based heating plant to supply a production hall, office building and wood dryers
  • Buidling a 270 m heating grid
  • Installing four boilers: 2 pcs 1 MW and 2 pcs 500 kW (500 kW Back-up)
  • Introducing an automated biomass feeding system
  • Procuring a woodchipper
  • Installing a Smart Remote Control and Monitoring System

The Energy Programme in Romania

The project is supported by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein through the EEA and Norway Grants. See more opportunities under the Energy Programme in Romania.

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