INFRES (www.infres.eu) aims to accelerate the technological development and to open paths to EU´s renewable targets by producing research based knowledge, technological solutions and service innovations for forest residue feedstock supply. Research projects alone are not sufficient to support the development to reach the objectives of 2020. As a result, the European Union’s research funding has been recently targeted to innovation and demonstration projects.
Coordinator: Finnish Forest Research Institute (www.metla.fi)
EUROPRUNING (www.europruning.eu) project aims to be the take-off for an extensive utilisation of the agricultural prunings for energy in Europe. The overall objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate a, non existent, new logistic chain for the biomass from pruning residues. The logistic chain includes the harvesting methods, the transport and the storage of the biomass, along all the chain the quality of the biomass, the cost effectiveness of the processes and the environmental concerns will be taking into account.
Coordinator: CIRCE (www.fcirce.es)
SECTOR (www.sector-project.eu) (Production of Solid Sustainable Energy Carriers from Biomass by Means of TORrefaction) is a large-scale European project with a strong consortium of 21 partners from industry and science. The project is focused on the further development of torrefaction-based technologies for the production of solid bioenergy carriers up to pilot-plant scale and beyond, and on supporting the market introduction of torrefaction-based bioenergy carriers as a commodity renewable solid fuel.
Coordinator: DBFZ Deutsches (www.dbfz.de/web/)
Other Related Projects
Short Rotation Woody Crops (SCR) plantations for local supply chains and heat use (SCRPLUS)
The overall objective of SRCplus (www.srcplus.eu) is to support and speed-up the development of local supply chains of Short Rotation Woody Crops (SRC) by implementing various capacity building measures and regional mobilization actions for the key actors in local supply chains. Target regions: Upper Bavaria region/Achental (Germany), Osječko-Baranjska and Vinkovačko-Srijemska counties in Eastern Croatia (Croatia), Vidzeme (Latvia), Rhone-Alps (France), Zlin (Czech Republic), Kentriki Makedonia (Greece) and Prespa (Macedonia). Sweden will transfer its best-practice know-how and experience to the target regions. Dedicated capacity building measures for target groups (farmers, public land owners and small and medium users of woodchips) will be implemented in order to mobilize the regional potential. The project starts with an analysis of sustainable SRC local supply chains and identification of best practises. In the next step the results will be integrated into 3 work packages on capacity building focussing on the target groups. In addition to the capacity building activities, mobilization actions will be implemented at regional level. The results achieved in the target countries will be promoted.
Coordinator: Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur (www.wip-munich.de)
JatroMed (www.jatromed.aua.gr) is a 4-year demonstration project involving five countries from the Mediterranean region: Greece (project coordinator), Italy, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria. Eight Jatropha curcas L. genotypes collected over the world have been established in depressed rural areas of the North African partner countries in order to introduce this crop and the profits from its cultivation to local farmers and population. The main scope of JatroMed is to reinforce and upgrade the natural and socioeconomic conditions of the target areas and to give local populations the opportunity to produce sustainable energy to cover their needs.
Coordinator: Agricultural University of Athens (www.aua.gr)