A series of knowledge-transfer activities to increase knowledge and skills on sustainable use of biomass in a small Romanian community from Centru Region.
Biomass is an important energy resource in Centru Region. Taking into account the existing biomass resources and the energy demand in Centru Region, an energy association was determined to identify a viable solution for enhancing the competitiveness and attractiveness of the biomass sector in the region. This way, through a transnational cooperation and inspired by a Norwegian model, they developed a new concept for sustainable use of biomass and local economic development.
The purpose of the project was to create a community scale model for biomass utilization for sustainable local economic development and encourage local businesses to develop along biomass value chain.
In order to reach this objective, the project included different knowledge and good practices transfer activities as: training activities for the local SMEs and the energy providers; consultancy activities for SMEs in order to generate innovative business ideas and new eco-businesses along the value chain of the biomass, expertise and know-how transfer for the energy association etc. The project also included an integrated community-scale energy system, based on a heating system fuelled with biomass (woodchips). This community scale system had three main components: a willow short rotation coppice (3 ha willow plantation), harvesting and chipping the existing wood waste from public areas using a wood shredder and the installation of a 150 kW biomass heating system.
This initiative was implemented by a transnational consortium, with financial support from Norwegian Grants.
Project cost: 219, 161 euro
Evidence of success
This initiative is an example of how transnational cooperation and exchange of good practices and knowledge can support the sustainable development of a community. After the implementation of this project new businesses were developed along the biomass value chain; the local SMEs & energy providers were trained and the Romanian energy association gained valuable knowledge in cluster facilitation. Also, the energy produced was sufficient to heat the existing public institutions in the community.
Potential for learning or transfer
This project demonstrated that practical field days and training are very important. First hand experience on how different technologies work, give SMEs and energy providers the motivation and knowledge to improve their production systems.
Also, this project demonstrated that cooperation is the key that ensures sustainable use of the existing local bio-energy resources.