Complementary projects to BIOSURF

The following websites offer information regarding projects and initiatives that have been co-funded by the European Commission, as well as information on biomethane, clean and alternative propulsion systems, and sustainable urban mobility.

agriforenergy Agri for Energy II connects supply & demand side stakeholders and supports new bioenergy businesses in three specific sectors: biomass heating, pure vegetable oil and biogas/biomethane. In these sectors, involvement and advocacy of farmers and forest owners will achieve the greatest impact. The regional bioenergy coordinator facilitates the connection of key market actors with potential customers via the WSO key market start-up model. Project activities are currently going on in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Bulgaria, Finland and Sweden. For more information, download the Agri for Energy II brochure.
The overall objective of the Bin2Grid concept is to promote segregated collection of food waste as an energy source, conversion to biogas, and its upgrading to biomethane and utilization in associated network of filling stations. Emphasis is given to defining strategies for establishing an efficient network of food and beverage waste collection methods and practices. A whole range of food waste producers will be taken under consideration, i.e. manufacturing entities, catering/food services, retail stores. Biological treatment (anaerobic digestion) is without an alternative for energy utilization of food waste and together with other raw materials creates a synergy for renewable energy production (biogas/biomethane). One of the biggest advantages of such a concept of energy production is having two issues covered at the same time: environmental protection with sustainable management of food waste and the production of renewable energy with its utilization as a biofuel. The existing technologies which are specific for this kind of raw materials will be explored. Keeping in mind that the chemical energy of biogas is fully used when it has been upgraded to biomethane and used as a biofuel, particular attention will be given to advanced biogas to biomethane upgrading techniques for purification and technical requirements for its usage through local filling stations as a biofuel, in public transportation sector in particular (e.g. waste management trucks).
bioenergy-farm The BioEnergy Farm project is concerned with increasing the use and production of bioenergy and biofuels in agriculture and disseminates unbiased information about the feasibility of bioenergy and biofuels in agriculture. The goal is to encourage farmers, foresters and land-owners to take bioenergy use and production into consideration. To achieve this goal, it offers free access to reliable information on bioenergy and biofuels, calculation tools necessary to evaluate profitability of bioenergy and biofuels for each individual case as well as expert advice and support.
biogasin BiogasIN aims to create a sustainable biogas market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) by targeting the biggest framework barrier: high administrative barriers both in the permit and financing phases. This bottleneck, in fact, has been highlighted by many former European projects. BiogasIN builds capacity among the public sector (national, regional and local governments and administrations responsible for the permit process of agricultural biogas plants). The objective is to create trust in the technology, as well as awareness of biogas as  a reliable energy, and of GHG and waste reduction technology for CEE. The credibility of biogas production technologies will increase the bankability of biogas projects and speed up administrative permit procedures. BiogasIN encourages close collaboration among all stakeholders, as well as vertical and horizontal working groups or associations that will help governments tailor their biogas policies. Attitudes and drivers from different biogas stakeholders will be shaped via pan-European surveys to facilitate the development of biogas policies at the EU and national levels. For more information about BiogasIN, please take a look at available deliverables.
crossborderbioenergy CrossBorderBioenergy is designed to help SMEs evaluate markets in Europe and support their decision-making process regarding investment in them. Evaluating the attractiveness of foreign bioenergy markets is a complex task. Many criteria must be factored in, such as macro-economic data, detailed figures on available potential, a clear picture of forest and agricultural structure as well as energy markets. For many small and medium bioenergy companies, a sound strategic assessment of international markets is not feasible because of constraints on capital and human resources. Yet going international is vital if they want to diversify their markets and avoid strong dependence on domestic markets, which often have framework conditions that frequently change. This is where the Cross Border Bioenergy project comes in. A consortium of bioenergy associations, consultants and scientists have gathered to provide a platform for European bioenergy businesses, aimed at supporting their international activities.
european_biofuels The European Biofuels Technology Platform was established in 2006, and brings together the knowledge and expertise of stakeholders from industry, biomass resource providers, research & technology development organisations and NGOs in a public-private partnership. The European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) is focused on  the development of cost-competitive world-class biofuel value chains and the creation of a healthy biofuel industry, and to accelerate the sustainable deployment of biofuels in the European Union, through a process of guidance, prioritisation and promotion of research, technology development and demonstration.
isabel-logo The Horizon 2020 ISABEL project (acronym for “Triggering Sustainable Biogas Energy Communities through Social Innovation”) is about promoting, supporting and developing community biogas in Europe. The project is set on providing all the framework conditions for biogas communities to shape, develop and thrive and works on all angles in order to pave the way for the transition from traditional supply chains to community ownership and to take full advantage of the ample societal benefits of local community-driven biogas systems, fuelled and inspired by social innovation principles.
greengasgrids GreenGasGrids is a project aimed at boosting the biomethane market in both forerunner and starter countries in Europe and to establish a cross-border market. The project brings public and private biomethane stakeholders together in order to reduce the biggest barriers and to jointly set up strategies for the promotion of biomethane injection and utilisation for heat, electricity and vehicle fuel. It focuses on the most pressing issues with regard to biomethane: sustainability, technical standards, legislation and trade.
The European Horizon 2020 project “Research Coordination for a Low-Cost Biomethane Production at Small and Medium Scale Applications”, short Record Biomap, aims to support a cost and energy efficient biomethane production in small to medium scale applications. So far biomethane production has only established in large scale applications as there are still many challenges to be solved in order to make small to medium scale biomethane production economically feasible and widely accessible to European farmers. Therefore, the project Record Biomap is monitoring the technology developments in this sector and aiming to foster the use of research outcomes. To bridge the gap between research and the market, a knowledge transfer platform has been established to support the dissemination and exploitation of innovative developments which contribute to an improved and economic viable biomethane production at small to medium scale. For more information see the Biomethane Map.
 urbanbiogas  URBAN BIOGAS aims to promote the use of organic urban waste for biogas production in 5 European cities, in order to inject biomethane into the natural gas grid and to use it in transport.

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