Modern bioenergy in historical surroundings
Eidsalm farm is placed in beautiful surroundings at the old volcano Brandbukampen, sourrounded by cultivated land and with a wide view of Randsfjorden. The farm consists of buildings from the mid-18th century besides the newer energy barn, a unity of buildings tying the past to the future. The energy barn has been constructed with the future sources of energy and the requirement for environmental protection in mind. Today the barn functions as a combination of a production site and information center for bio- and solar energy as well as offices for The Energy Farm.
The Energy Farm demonstrates:
- Heating of buildings and tap water with wood chips and solar energy.
- Production and use of biofuels for transport- bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas for the operation of cars and tractors.
- Research and test fields for energy forests, energy grass, oil plants etc.
- Harvesting and processing of forest chips, firewood, straw and other biofuels.
- Drying of chips, firewood, hay, grain and oil seeds with solar- and bioenergy.
- Price calculations for bio- and solar energy.
- Sale and distribution of biofuels.
- Recycling of sewage water in tree plantations.
- Energy consumption and production of bioenergy in agriculture and forestry.
- Energy efficient solutions.
The Energy Farm organizes:
- Visits and demonstrations.
- Meetings, courses and conferences on renewable sources of energy and energy efficiency.
- The Energy Farm informs about the use of bioenergy in cooperation with the Norwegian Bioenergy Association.
Bioenergy – local solutions to global challenges
Today 80 % of world energy consumption is based on not renewable sources; mainly oil, coal and gas. The need is great for clean and renewable sources. The use of bio-, wind and solar energy as well as hydroelectric power has to be increased at the expense of fossils, if global objectives for climate and environment are to be reached. In the longer term, this will be of great significance for the development of our society, both economically and ecologically. The agricultural community has the potential for making its contribution towards a reduced consumption of non-renewable energy by using some of its products for the production of energy – bioenergy.
Many countries have invested heavily in new, renewable energy solutions. Studies of these investments and several years of research and development of alternative energy in Norway, formed the background for the establishment of the Energy Farm. The objective being to show in practice commercially viable energy systems to private persons, the agricultural community and other industries.
Welcome to the Energy Farm!
What is bioenergy?
Bioenergy is energy produced by converting plant or animal biomass to energy
Common sources of bioenergy are
- Firewood, chips, bark, pellets, briquettes, lignin and alcohols from forestry and forest industry
- Straw, cow manure, energy forest, plant oils and alcohols from agriculture and agro-industry
- Organic waste from the food industry, households and biomass based industry
Globally, there is a considerable surplus of biomass which may be utilized for energy purposes. Such consumption would not interfere with the requirement for raw materials for food and manufacturing, as long as it is based on the abovementioned sources.
Common consumption areas are:
- Firewood and pellets for heating in smaller fireplaces.
- Chips, bark and straw in larger bioheat plants.
- Refined biofuel in smaller and larger boilers.
- Biogas from manure and organic waste for the production of electricity and heat.
- Biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas for transport purposes.
Bioenergy offers considerable
- Renewable energy source.
- Very low net supply of CO2.
- Minimal emission of SO2.
- Reduced emission of NOx if modern technologies are used.
- Modern combustion technology gives low emission of particles and soot.
- Recycling of organic wastes.
Bioenergy creates jobs and economic development:
- Bioenergy is a local source of energy.
- Increased use of bioenergy will stimulate regional economic development and employment – offering employment also after the initial investment phase.
- Bioenergy covers 7-8% or close to 18 TWh of Norway´s total energy use.
Sufficient resources are available for trebling the production.
The Energy Farm International Foundation
The Energy Farm International Foundation was established at August 11, 2014 by TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute and The Energy Farm in Norway.
The Energy Farm has through its 22 years long business achieved good reputation when it comes to practical/theoretical education, training and counseling on the production and use of small and medium-scale renewable energy with focus on modern, sustainable bioenergy and solar energy. The main base has been the farm Eidsalm in Brandbu, Hadeland.
TERI has been working in the area of renewable energy, especially solar and biomass energy, development and use of eco-friendly technologies and sustainable habitats and all aspects of sustainable development including training and capacity building, during the last 35 years. TERI has a great experience with both small and large-scale projects and investments in rural communities and developing countries, including India, Myanmar, and Kenya.
The Foundation wants to be a pioneer in providing technologically advanced decentralized renewable energy solutions to rural communities globally, by implementing an environmentally and economically sustainable model that will help provide clean energy to the 3 billion people who are dependent on ineffective wood/coal combustion for heating and cooking, and the 1.2 billion people in rural communities who still lack access to electricity.
EFIF will establish an international chain, which is aiming to develop and establish energy farm centers worldwide. The chain of energy farm centers shall produce and use renewable energy with emphasis on modern solar- and bioenergy, and make knowledge and solutions within small and medium scale renewable energy accessible, and thus contribute to reduced need of fossil fuels. EFIF is going to cooperate with distinguished knowledge institutions and communities across the world to increase value and development in local communities and promote climate and environmental friendly attitudes.
The chain with the energy farm centers will contribute with competence and generate experience and local capacity building as well as facilitate for local entrepreneurs and businesses. TERI has long experience with economically sustainable models in development countries, e.g. the “Lightning A Billion Lives”-project (http://labl.teriin.org).
The Energy Farm has since its start-up in 1991 had over 35 000 visitors from 85 countries.
As part of our information activities, we organize visits, demonstrations, courses and conferences. We have built a center for bio- and solar energy in one of the farm´s production buildings, which has been specially prepared for receiving smaller and larger groups.
Visits and demonstrations
In the energy barn we demonstrate how the farm in practice utilizes various kinds of bio- and solar energy. We emphasize the presentation of a wide range of production, processing and utilization of various types of biofuels from farming and forestry. In the demonstrations and meeting room we present the theoretical aspects of the technology. We make the presentations at the desired level, ranging from the elementary to the professional.
Courses and conferences
We also organize tailor-made courses and conferences on renewable energy sources and ENØK. If the course participants wish to have transportation arranged, this can be organized.
We accept orders for lunch or dinner according to your wishes.
If you require more information, please contact:
The Energy Farm
Tlf.: +47 61 33 60 90 – Fax: +47 61 33 60 95
Bioenergy in focus
The interest in environmental friendly and renewable energy sources is increasing. The requirement for information and updating on this subject comes from many quarters: from industry, environmental organizations, researchers, politicians etc.
«Green values» is the tune of the day. Not least within energy consumption it is time to revive the old adage: «You harvest as you have sown».