Unlocking the community energy potential to support the market uptake of bioenergy heating technologies

The ambition of BECoop (2020-2023), a project supported by the European Horizon 2020 programme, is to provide the necessary conditions, technical as well as business support tools, for unlocking the underlying market potential of community bioenergy, fostering new links and partnerships.

In the updated Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the EU clearly considers community energy as a key factor for future Renewable Energy (RE) market uptake and mandates Member States to implement regulatory frameworks for enabling and facilitating this process. At the same time, several barriers prevent citizens from becoming (bio)energy producers and bioenergy projects to be more appealing. Among others, lack of preparedness for communities to tap the full bioenergy market potential, lack of bioenergy stakeholders awareness of the potential of communities and missing/ unsupportive (local, regional and national) framework and policy conditions. For a people-powered energy system, the Horizon 2020-funded project BECoop (2020-2023) aims at putting communities in charge of their local renewable (bio)energy generation.

This project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952930.

Project updates

Featured publications





e-Market Environment - (Bio)energy communities

The tool aims to develop community bioenergy projects (connecting multiple biomass providers, organise billing, etc.) and defining the required services and activities for sup...

Read more
Knowledge exchange + forum

Knowledge exchange platform - (Bio)energy communities

The <...

Read more
Self-assessment tool

Self-assessment tool - Supporting the development of cooperative/community bioen...

Earlier studies realised by BECoop, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, showed that the knowledge and acceptance of biofuel varies from region to region in...

Read more

(Bio)energy communities toolkit

Developed by CIRCE – Centro Tecnológico, this online repository gathers in a single place existing open-source tools useful for the energy communities and bioenergy sectors...

Read more