Ukrainian boiler houses switch to alternative fuels.
Ukrainian straw is a strategic resource for the country. Yet after harvesting farmers burn on fields the equivalent of three billion cubic meters of gas, which Ukrainian government tries to decrease in prices unsuccessfully. Kiev must say "thank you" to Moscow as the intransigence of "Gazprom" company forces the government to develop the national bio-energy sector.
Ukrainian boiler houses switch to alternative fuels. Almost entirely agrarian Ukraine annually produces about 50 million tons of straw. One third of this volume can be used for heating. Moreover, the experts depict the situation with the Ukrainian energetic potential the following way: one ton of straw is 330 kg of diesel or 600-700 kg of coal, or 500 cubic meters of gas.
The country is implementing new power generating systems, working on biomass fuels, including straw pellets. First of all, they are mounted for heating the dwelling sector. Ukrainian agricultural firms could get involved in the process as well by arranging the production of briquettes and pellets, the more so they could be produced on existing feed-stuff production lines.