In March, the BioBIGG consortium went on a study tour to Brussels, Gent and Cologne to access the new knowledge and insights on how to develop the bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area.
The first day of the study tour started with a successful meeting with Biorefine Cluster Europe at Ghent University. Biorefine Cluster Europe interconnects projects and people working with recirculating biomass-based resources and strives to contribute to sustainable resource management. Afterwards, the tour went on to Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant to access the knowledge about SME piloting of production of bio-based products.
The second day started with a visit to the EU-offices of Region Zealand and Region Skåne to learn about the current agenda of the development of the bioeconomy in the EU. The last stop on the BioBIGG study tour was at Nova Institute in Cologne to gather insights into the development of markets for bio-based products and services in the future.
On the 6th of February, the national coordinators of the EUSBSR approved BioBIGG as a new flagship project under Horizontal Action Climate in the Baltic Sea Region Strategy. We in the BioBIGG consortium are very proud and honoured to become a member of the EUSBSR flagship family. The flagship status will provide a unique platform for communication and dissemination of the project results and activities. By interacting with other key stakeholders, we are keen to further develop the bioeconomy in the wider Baltic Sea region.
On the 6th and 7th of December the BioBIGG project hosted two succesfull workshop in Gdańsk. The two were hosted by Gdańsk University of technology at focussed on the State of play for bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area and Development of a common framework for a sustainable bioeconomy with participants from all project partner and also several associated partners.
On the 20th of October RUC visited Lyndgården Biogas to learn about their experience with utilization of straw for biogas production. From 2015 to 2016 Lynggården Biogas and Euromilling A/S have together in a demonstration project partly funded by the Danish EUDP program been testing an innovative pre-treatment technology at the biogas plant. In a hammer mill the straw is grinded into a particle size of 2 mm and afterward it is premixed with the slurry before being feed to the reactor tank. The very fine milling of straw is expected to improve the biogas yield for the feedstock with 10-15 percent. Peder Andersen that owns the farm based biogas plant hopes that he can utilise 3.000 tons straw per year and that it will improve the total biogas yield per ton going into the plant that today can handle 30.000 tons per year in total.
On November 22, members from the Swedish BioBIGG partner SLU visited Lyckeby Starch near Kristianstad, Sweden. The company has recently invested in a protein facility enabling the extraction of 2600 tonnes of protein from the potato juice bi-product stream.
The process not only produces a high value protein feed product sold as animal feed, it also results in a higher value organic fertilizer product. This is an excellent example of integrating the three principles of a circular bioeconomy in the production process: valorization of waste streams, cascading extraction of high-value products and recycling of plant nutrients.
The BioBIGG project will be hosting two workshops in Gdańsk in December.
The workshop on the 6th of December will focus on the state of play of bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area. See the Programme here.
The workshop on the 7th of December will focus on developing a common framework for a sustainable bioeconomy. See the programme here.
If you want to participate in one or both of the two workshops, please submit here.
The BioBIGG project has handed in an application to the HA Climate Coordinator hoping to become a flagship project under the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The possible flagship status will give the BioBIGG project a platform for dissemination and communication of knowledge about innovation possibilities within the biobased economy for SMEs to stakeholders and decision-makers in the entire Baltic Sea Region.
The BioBIGG kick-off meeting took place on the 13th of September at Roskilde University with delegates from all 6 partner organisations. Besides planning upcoming project events and activities there was also time for fruitful discussions and knowledge sharing about opportunities for biomass utilisation in the participating regions and principles that should be part of a common framework for a sustainable bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area.
On the 12th of September the South Baltic Green Tech 2017 conference took place at Roskilde University. The BioBIGG project took part in the conference with both information about the project and as part of a panel discussion about the role of public investments in the South Baltic green economy.