Today the COASTAL Biogas application was submitted by the lead partner, FNR, to the South Baltic Sea Programme.
COASTAL stands for Cluster On Anaerobic Digestion, Environmental Services and NuTrients RemovAL, and is focused on anaerobic digestion of cast seaweed in combination with digestate utilization as bio-fertilizer.
The project consortium consists of 20 partners out of which 6 are full project partners and WP-leaders;
FNR (DE) – lead partner
Gdansk University of Technology (PL)
Baltic Energy Innovation Centre (SE)
Rostock University (DE)
Roskilde University (DK)
Lithuanian Energy Institute (LT)
The proposed budget is close to 1.6 MEUR and covers lab scale and pilot testing, best practice and lessons learned, feasibility studies in close collaboration with partners able to implement the investigated technology and massive dissemination activities including 5 conferences and study tours.
Expected project start is 1 July 2018 and project end 30 June 2021.
Innovations- und Bildungszentrum, IBZ, InterCenter GmbH, Abt. Ernuerbare Energie and IBKE, Institut für Biogas, Kreislaufwirtschaft & Energi have joined COASTAL Biogas as Associated Partners.
The project consortium consists now of 17 partners and 3 subcontractors. The majority of the partners are stakeholders able to implement technological advances related to anaerobic digestion of cast seaweed and digestate utilization developed within the project. More than 40 municipalities are represented directly (as subcontractors and Associated Partners) or indirectly through other organisations such as Biogas Syd (owned by 33 municipalities in Sweden).
The application will be submitted shortly (deadline 20th of December).
The Nordic Council of Ministers is Policy Area Coordinator for Bioeconomy in EU’s Baltic Sea Region Strategy.
Today the Council of Nordic Ministers signed the Letter of dedication and support of the COASTAL Biogas application.
Using cast seaweed as a feedstock and use the digestate as a fertilizer is an elegant way to close the nutrients loop and take a first step towards a circular bioeconomy. There are many other socioeconomic benefits that will be explored within the COASTAL Biogas project.
On the 23rd of March 2017, Jörgen Held visited the Solrød Biogas plant. The plant is currently the only facility in Denmark where cast seaweed is co-digested with industrial and agricultural waste.
7,000 tonnes/year of cast seaweed is used as substrate. In this way the beach is kept clean and free from odor of rotting seaweed. In addition nutrients are removed from the sea since the digetstate is used as a fertilizer on the fields surrounding the biogas plant. In fact the Solrød Biogas plant contributes to 72% of the nitrogen reduction target for Køge bay. Anaerobic digestion of maritime substrates in combination with digestate utilization is an efficient way to mitgate eutrophication in the Baltic Sea and a central part of the Pre-BASIC Biogas activities.
Prof. Tyge Kjaer with colleagues presented the plant and gave a guided tour in the facility.