Travelling to the region connected with Kakheti in east Ga always brings winemaking so that you can one’s mind. This particular region is famous for its huge vineyards and mouth watering traditional wines.

Indeed, I was interested in vineyards while i visited Kakheti in January 2016, but not as a cause of wine but rather a good highest quality biomass material.

At a smallish biomass plant in the small town of Manavi, I was pleased to see?up-close how biofuels ended up produced. An messy mass of vine shoots was mailed through a briquetting device for being transformed into small great blocks that can easily substitute to fossil fuel and other fossil fuels.

This independent business belongs to Giorgi Zurabishvili and Temur Matiashvili, any local residents who look at biomass a promising business opportunity using environmental benefits.

Giorgi Zurabishvili laughed and said that replacing traditional firewood with biofuels appeared to be vital for saving Georgia’s woods. Most families during rural areas, in addition schools and open public offices, still rely on firewood for home heating and, regrettably, comprehend it from illegal working.

Illegal logging was one reason behind the increased deforestation within Georgia in the last Twenty years.

Georgia is rich having hazelnut plantations in the west together with vineyards in the asian regions, which generates a natural supply of biomass material for local construction.

Giorgi and Temur have made optimum use of this opportunity by way of setting up their biomass seed in the area surrounded by vineyards.

“We collect vine launches from the neighbouring saying, compress them in briquettes and sell to the local supermarkets and dining places as a heating energy resource and barbecue charcoal. Our production is good for environment and plays a part in the local economy the way it keeps money going around locally,” Giorgi Zurabishvili proclaimed. ?

Despite these obvious gains, starting up a biomass place was not all that painless. A couple of years ago, Giorgi and Temur struggled with obsolete equipment and have been on the verge of giving up on any biomass.

The assistance from the Us Development Programme (UNDP) in addition to Global Environment Option (GEF) came just with time to save and even broaden their green company.

“With the new briquetting machine we are producing 75 lots of high quality briquettes per month,Inches Giorgi says.

Even though biomass briquettes absolutely are a relatively new product with Georgia, Giorgi already sees a market opportunity together with hopes to double output in 2017 turning the venture into a profitable business.

Since 2016, UNDP and GEF were supporting three initial biomass plants in different areas of Georgia aiming to clearly show the benefits of biofuel, encourage regional entrepreneurs and conserve the country put in place a new national strategy together with action plan on bioenergy.

700 lots of briquettes made of vine shoots, sawdust in addition to wood waste had been produced in 2016 and the numbers can increase for you to up to 6,One thousand tonnes per year.

Biomass briquettes have gotten a best-selling product within the large supermarkets and used for heating faculties and public complexes in some of the farm areas.

With the helpful policies in place and also growing local construction, Georgia has good chances in the future years to power it has the municipal sector along with renewable energy.