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Forankring: EU - The European Union > Regional Policy > Interreg IIIC > IIIC East > ENABLE > Wood-spill
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Network for leadership in wood-spill extraction, logistics and conversion

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Up until recently the spill in the form of branches, bark, and younger trees during culling and harvesting of forests has not been used. Fluctuations in the energy market and the increased interest of sustainable forestry has increased the interest in taking care of the biomass and turn it in to thermal or electrical energy. There is however, as within any new field, a lot of unanswered questions that needs to be answered in order to fully exploit this environmentally friendly complement to petrol based energy sources. Forestry is an important industry to all three regions and they have all a long experience in biomass research in close cooperation with the industry. The network’s idea is to share the regional knowledge and combine it with European based experiences in order to put the participating regions in a truly competitive position. Questions addressed in this combined effort are: 
  • The energy content of spill produced in connection with the harvesting of forests is unknown with regards to the most common commercially grown species of trees in the three regions.
  • The ecological impact of removing said spill is believed to be positive but data for the regions is missing.
  • Optimising the overall output from the forest by introducing new species.
  • The economics of producing energy from the spill is closely linked to the logistics and technologies deployed but little information exists on the available options
    and is often highly regionalised.
  • Decentralising the refinement can save in transportation and storage but the investments carries a lot of risk since no research has been done on where and
    to what degree refinement can be done.
  • Much knowledge exists among the foresters that go to waste as there is no natural way for them to share and discuss this knowledge with other foresters and/or researchers.
The activity plan has been constructed so that each workpackage has one centre of gravity based on a research speciality of one of the three regions. The other regions will support the leader with regional data. Supporting regions will also bring in their particular expertise in related areas to enrich the work carried out. This overlap ensures a high degree of networking between the regions while the research carried out meets the highest international standards by allowing each partners to focus on their core research areas.

The project starts with a common implementation plan where the resources and technologies that are of interest to the project are identified and charted together with regional centres of gravity. The data gathered here will serve as a basis for the remainder of the project. WP1 also includes setting up a common workspace for sharing knowledge.

Output WP1: Common implementation plan, Web page, Shared workspace, SWOT-analysis, Resource survey.

WP2 will be headed by the German partners and will focus on the refinement of the biomass in to formats suitable for redistribution. The possibility to decentralise the refinement in order to move it closer to the forest will be investigated as a means of saving transportation costs.

Output WP2: Refinement report with cost and energy analysis. The Austrian partner will head the logistics workpackage. Determining the most efficient way to transport the different types of biomass based on models for the regions. Different load carriers such as trailers, containers and wood-racks will be evaluated. Scenarios will be developed to help interested companies to choose an appropriate logistics system.

Output WP3: Supply chain analysis, Scenarios for choosing logistics solutions. The energy balance and the ecological impact of removing the biomass and turning it in to energy will be investigated in WP4. The potential output of energy must be higher than the input to warrant the use of spillage as an energy source. The ecological impact must also be investigated to ensure that the use of the biomass does not have negative consequences on the biotope.

Output WP4: Energy balance model, Ecological impact analysis with action plan. Project management will be the responsibility of the lead partner. A management report will be submitted every 6 month. A final report of all activities will be submitted at the end of the project. The lead participant will also ensure that resources are used in an optimal way and an evaluation of the project effort will be a part of the management reports.
Næringslivet, Miljø
Tidfesting av statusendringar:
År forslag 2004
År godkjent: 2004
År oppstarta: 2004
År avslutta: 2005
Internasjonal status:
målgrupper, aktivitetar, deltaking, finansiering, anna
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Kode og nøkkelord:
enablec3, woodspill


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