Upcoming BioBIGG cross-broader workshop: Unlocking the innovation potential in biomass-based value chains

The BioBIGG project will be hosting a cross-broader workshop on the the 6th and 7th of December in Roskilde. The focus of the workshop will be unlocking the innovation potential related to utilisation of biomass-based residues found in and along  value chains in the South Baltic and sharing knowledge. Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Please download the programme and register below.

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The projects BioBIGG and COASTAL Biogas were part of this year’s edition of POL-ECO SYSTEM in Poland.

The International Trade Fair for Environmental Protection POL-ECO SYSTEM is the largest and most important event in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, presenting advanced technologies, solutions and products for sustainable development.

During the Workshop ‘Green Projects in the Interreg South Baltic Programme’ the BioBIGG project was presented to other Interreg projects in the region and interested stakeholders. The Interreg project ‘COASTAL-Biogas’, which is coordinated by the FNR, was presented as well.

Within BioBIGG FNR is leading a Work Package and engages in the task to build a transnational network of stakeholders in the South Baltic Region. To find out more about the ‘COASTAL-Biogas’ project, visit their homepage

Utilization of straw for mushroom production

Pieczarki Mazurskie is a family company established in 1988. It is located in northeastern Poland, in the region of Masuria. Lakes and forests, which account for about 30% of the area, form a beautiful landscape of the region. Additionally, due to the high afforestation rate and low of urbanization and industrialization indicators the air quality in Masuria is one of the best in the country.

Currently company consists of several mushroom farms. The total mushroom growing surface is 19 000 m2 . All buildings are equipped with modern air-conditioning devices, which enable to control the growing parameters, such as temperature, humidity, air movement and carbon dioxide. Due to this we can provide appropriate conditions for mushrooms growing, so that they are of the highest quality.

The plant produces mushrooms in the Dutch technology. Group of skilled technologists is constantly watching the production process by keeping an eye on the behavior of the mushroom spawn during the growing cycle. Through careful observation and making good conclusions the high crops with the optimum use of the compost are attainable. The harvest area is used very intensively so as to provide the maximum number of cycles in a year. All mushrooms are harvested by hand, so a wide range of mushrooms with the highest quality and different sizes is provided. After harvesting mushrooms go directly into vacuum cooling chamber, where they are quickly cooled to the temperature of 2°C. Then they are transported to the cold store, where they are prepared for sale. Low temperature keep the products in freshness for a long time. After growing all the rooms are thermally disinfected and compost is changed to fresh one.

According to the excellent cooperation with suppliers, many years of experience, own laboratory and professional management, the highest quality compost for our mushrooms is produced.

The company produces compost in own compost production facility. The process is continuous due to the fact that sufficient technical and engineering potential in the company is present. The company has its own straw storage (area above 10 000 m2) for the production of compost. The maximum amount of stored straw is about 100 000 tons, which is enough for two years of company’s production.

Production of mushrooms is about 3000 tonnes per year. Before distributing, mushrooms are packed according individual customers requirements or in standard way:

  • 3 kg boxes loose
  • box with tray 4 × 500 g
  • box with tray 4 × 400 g
  • box with tray 6 × 250 g

Mushrooms could be also sorted to different size:

  • 2 – 4 cm
  • 4 – 5 cm
  • 5 – 6 cm
  • more than 6 cm “Riesen”

Wastes from the processing (spent mushroom substrate) are stored at the company field and sold to locally farmers as a fertilizer. Company has over 300 tons of spent mushroom substrate weekly.

Heaps of spent mushroom substrate

Pieczarki Mazurskie Fedor is well-operating company that produces high-quality mushrooms. The clients of company are all over the world. The largest recipient is England but a lot of products are exported to Germany, Nederland and France.

A big issue for company is relatively high price of straw (40 euro per tonne) and low price of spent mushroom substrate (3 euro per tonne) which is used as a fertilizer. The company should start cooperate with Universities, Research Centers or biological and chemical laboratories to find a new solutions in the field of bio-plastic, food supplements or pharmaceutics from the high value wastes that contains huge amount of macronutrients (P2O5, K2O, CaO, MgO, Na2O, P,K Ca).


BioBIGG at the European Bioeconomy Congress in Lodzkie

The European Bioeconomy Congress Lodzkie 2018 was held on September 24th, 2018, in Lodz, Poland. It is an annual initiative aimed at supporting development of bioeconomy in Central and Eastern European Bioregions.

The main organizer of the event was the Lodzkie Region. The Congress was a gathering of representatives of business, academia and NGOs. Objectives of the Congress were to support transfer of knowledge between European bioregions. The problems discussed this year included the battle against smog, digitization in closed cycle, modern technologies in bioeconomy and high-quality food.

One of the many sessions was devoted to increase industry involvement in local bioeconomy value chains as well as to increase participation in the European and national programmes supporting bioeconomy development , entitled  – Bioeconomy cluster (BIO) NETWORKING, under the patronage of the Polish Bioeconomy Technology Platform.

One of the several interesting keynotes was given by Adam Puchejda dwelling on the challenges brought by the growth of population and fast depletion of natural resources. He stressed that human impact on the environment and climate changes requires concentration of forces, with a focus on sustainable development of ecosystems based on integrated value chains. Development of social bio-economic initiatives in cluster activities has been pointed out as a key element of support to innovation in the knowledge triangle of research, education and business, promoting transformation towards increased commercialization of knowledge, development of business and social communication.

BioBIGG study tour to Italy

In the end of September, the BioBIGG consortium went on a study tour in the Northern parts of Italy to learn more about activities within the bioeconomy field in the region.

The first day of the study tour began with a visit to the interesting and innovative Mogu company in Inarzo northwest of Milan. Mogu is a small and young company that are developing and scaling-up a range of mycelium-based technologies to produce naturally-grown biomaterials and products. This was followed with a fruitful round table meeting with the Region of Lombardia with representatives of regional groups active within the area of Bioeconomy presenting their ongoing projects and activities within the field.

The second day of the trip began with an educative tour of the waste management system in Milan early in the morning hosted by the local waste management company AMSA. After the tour the group travelled to Turin where the day ended with a two-hour meeting with different interesting stakeholders within the bioeconomy such as University of Turin, University of Milan-Bicocca, Novamont, Assobiotec and SPRING cluster.

The third and last day the group attended the IFIB 2018 International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy in Turin. The focus of the Forum was biotechnology, as provider of new resources for industries. Amongst many other interesting things, the new EU Bioeconomy Strategy was presented by the EU commission. There was also an informative section on how to finance the bioeconomy, with a presenter from the European Investment Bank amongst others. The group concluded that the northern Italian region has a very vital and interesting bioeconomy where we have a lot to learn.

BioBIGG workshop about biomass potentials and market opportunities


On the 14th of June, the BioBIGG cross-border workshop on biomass potentials as well as market opportunities took place at the University of Greifswald arranged by RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). The main focus was on biomass potentials from agriculture and industry in the participating regions and how to get SMEs point-of-view on potential implementation of production of biomass-based materials, products and energy. The workshop included a world cafe with interesting discussions and knowledge-sharing among the participants.

BioBIGG workshop about bioeconomy in rural areas with special focus on innovation in SMEs

On the 13th of June, the University of Greifswald arranged a workshop about bioeconomy in rural areas with special focus on innovation in SMEs. The workshop focused on the establishment of the South Baltic Bioeconomy Network (SBBN) and how this could best be achieved. The aim is first of all to engage SMEs, business organisations and other potential members to take part in the network in order to boost knowledge-sharing on innovation potentials in bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area.

Succesfull bioeconomy conference about business potentials for SMEs within the Bioeconomy

On the 25th of May Gdańsk University of Technology arranged the first conference in the BioBIGG project. The conference highlighted a wide range of business potentials for SMEs within bioeconomy and also the current state of play for bioeconomy in the participating regions. The conference encompassed 18 presentations about different topics within the bioeconomy, e.g.:

  • Boosting development of the bioeconomy from a regional perspective
  • Use of biomass for functional biopolymers
  • Alternative ways of producing keratin, gelatine, collagen and starch
  • Opportunities for production of wood-plastic composites (WPC) from biomass residues
  • Utilization of food waste for production of biogas
  • The wood value chain – production of wood pellets from residues
  • Sustainable utilization of biomass from rewetted peatlands

The conference also facilitated a discussion among the participants on how to develop the business potentials for SMEs within the bioeconomy. The conference gave a good overview of the many business potentials and innovation potentials.

BioBIGG has joined Biorefine Cluster Europe

BioBIGG is now part of the Biorefine Cluster Europe initiative. Biorefine Cluster Europe interconnects projects and people working to support development of the biobased economy in Europe, striving to contribute to sustainable resource management and knowledge-sharing within the following four areas:

  • Biobased (waste)streams as an input for the circular economy
  • Bioprocesses
  • Sustainable bioenergy production in its various shapes and forms
  • Resource recovery: extracting minerals, chemicals, water and materials from biomass

Being part of Biorefine Cluster Europe will support the cross-border communication and dissemination of BioBIGG results and activities.