Germany collaborating with Ukraine on biofuels

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Germany will help the Ukraine establish its own biofuel production in 2013, according to minagro.gov.ua. The partnership builds upon a long-standing Ukraine-German scientific exchange.

Ukrainian scientists have created draft projects for pilot biofuel complexes, which would produce thermal power and biogas out of agricultural waste using German technology and equipment. Germany could also invest in the biofuel projects.

Viktor Tymoshchuk, an expert at the Department of Engineering and Agricultural Machinery, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, told Worldwide News Ukraine that this year the two countries plan to take their partnership to a new level by bringing to life biofuel projects, including the establishment of a pilot bio-energy village.

The Ukraine currently produces entry-level 700,000 tons of solid biofuel per year, according to Tymoshchuk. Comparably, an average German biofuel plant provides 800,000 tons of solid biofuel per year.

Ukraine hopes to launch 10 solid biofuel production plants.

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