Laboratory for testing biofuels and compost is open and operating normaly. Taking the necessary measures to maintain employees' safety, we continue to operate and accept samples for analysis.
At the beginning of January 2020, LITBK was re-accredited and received a new certificate of accreditation № 192 LI/07.01.2020 valid until 07.01.2024, issued by the Executive Agency "Bulgarian Accreditation Service" in accordance with the requirements of the new version of БДС EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017. The scope of laboratory activities has been expanded with some new characteristics of sludge and waste and a new product group - solid recovered fuels (SRF). You can see the Extended Range Order here.
At the end of 2018, the first international certification system for wood chips and hog fuel GoodChips® is launched. The Laboratory for Testing of Solid Biofuels and Compost, part of the Energy Agency of Plovdiv, received an invitation from Bioenergy Europe coordinators to join the certification process as a testing body and was approved and included in the list of testing organizations in January 2019 (Testing body). More information about GoodChips® can be found here.
Energy Agency of Plovdiv (LITBK) participated in the conference "Environmental Engineering and Environmental Protection" (http://www.ecoleng.org/ EEEP'2017), which was held in the period 5-7 June 2017 in Plovdiv. The event featured posters with the following two titles: "Innovative Solid Biofuels Made in Bulgaria" and "Determination of Toxic Elements in Compost: Evaluation of a Different Acid Extraction Methods."
In March 2017 the Energy Agency of Plovdiv and in particular the Laboratory for Testing of Solid Biofuels and Compost was officially recognized and included in the list of Testing Bodies in the process of ENplus® certification of producers and traders of wood pellets in around the world. The ENplus® certification coordinator is the European Pellet Council (EPC). Only listed organizations that meet specific requirements can participate in the certification process. LITBK is the first and only recognized testing organization on the Balkans. More information about ENplus® can be found here.
In September 2016 LITBK extended the scope of accreditation and received a new certificate of accreditation № 192 LI/10.09.2016
The following products are included in the new scope:
All of the tests methods for bio-waste and compost are carried out in accordance with The Ordinance for treatment of bio-waste of The Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water 15.10.2013.
Extension of LITBK accreditation includes sampling sludge, compost and soil improvers also.
In January 2016 LITBK received the certificate of accreditation No 192 LI/04.01.2016 valid until 04.01.2020, issued by Executive Agency "Bulgarian Accreditation Service" in accordance with the requirements of БДС EN ISO/IEC 17025.
LITBK is the first specialized accredited laboratory for testing of wood and non-woody pellets, wood and non-woody briquettes and wood chips in Bulgaria an on the Balkans.
On 03.10.2014 was opening of the Laboratory for testing solid biofuels and compost to which were invited and attended by representatives of business, scientific organizations, partners and friends of Energy Agency of Plovdiv (EAP). After a brief welcome by the Executive Director of the EAP, a presentation of the services provides by the laboratory, the tested products and test methods, as well as specialized analytical and general laboratory equipment was presented. There have been demonstrations. See gallery from the opening.