Construction of straw-fired CHP unit in Belgrade, Serbia, for the production of heat and electric energy should be completed in 2018. Total value of the project is 8 M EUR, developed and implemented by Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The city of Belgrade and the Government of Serbia co-financed project with 1.5 M EUR.
The only District Heating plant fueled with agricultural residues – sunflower husks, commissioned in 2012, is located in Sremska Mitrovica (Serbia). Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) invested 2.5 M EUR into construction of biomass boiler (installed capacity of 18 MW), used for heating of 3,500 apartments in multistory buildings and 80,000 sq. meters of commercial offices.
In the beginning of the 1990s some Finnish municipalities started to invest in biomass heating systems for municipal buildings, such as schools and old-age homes (output <1MW). At the same time farmers established new form of rural enterprises, so called “heat entrepreneurs.”