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ABOWE - Final Seminar of ABOWE Baltic Sea Region Biorefinery project

Warmly welcome to the Final Seminar of ABOWE Baltic Sea Region Biorefinery project in Helsinki Viikki Campus area on 30.10.2014.

In the Final seminar will be heard test results of a novel biorefinery in three countries (Sweden, Poland, Finland) as well as future trends of biorefining. The international partners of ABOWE will describe the Pilot A development work and biorefinery promotion in different countries during 2014.

Moreover, it is possible to visit the mobile piloting station which has been constructed as a multi-organisational Finnish effort. The novel biorefinery concept has been innovated and designed by Adj. Prof. Elias Hakalehto (Finnoflag Oy and University of Eastern Finland) and this piloting station has been planned and constructed in a joint project at Savonia University of Applied Sciences.

The topics integrate the regional and global aspects of sustainable and economically feasible biorefining. Then acting locally would bring in global ecodevelopment. Innovative design and joining together various technologies produce and highlight new views of progress.

The seminar will be held in Lecture Hall 1 of the B-Building in Latokartanonkaari 7-9. The exhibition of the mobile Pilot A biorefinery pilot plant will be organized in the area of Tropical Garden in the address Koetilantie 1.

More information at http://portal.savonia.fi/amk/en/rdi/rdi-projects-and-entrepreneurship/abowe.

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Project acronym: ABOWE

Project title: Implementing Advanced Concepts for Biological Utilization of Waste

Application call: 9

Priority: 1. Fostering innovations

Project website:

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Lead Partner:

Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
P.O. Box 6 (Microkatu 1 C)
70201 Kuopio
FI
Mervi Vidgren
E-mail: mervi.vidgren@savonia.fi
Phone: +358 44 785 5001
Fax: +358 (0)17 255 5014

Project Manager:

Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
P.O.Box 6 (Microkatu 1 C)
70201 Kuopio
FI
Ari Jääskeläinen
E-mail: ari.jaaskelainen@savonia.fi
Phone: + 358 44 785 5571
Fax: +358 17 255 5561


Information Manager:

Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
P.O. Box 6
70200 Kuopio
FI
Tuomo Eskelinen
E-mail: tuomo.eskelinen@savonia.fi
Phone: +358 (0)44 785 6613
Fax:



Summary description of the project:

All Partner regions from the REMOWE main stage project were continuing and deepening co-operation in the extension stage project ABOWE. In REMOWE it had been concluded that efficient instruments are necessary in partner regions to increase the rate of utilizing waste into energy.

ABOWE project covered two technologies that rose from the REMOWE project: biorefinery and dry digestion. The novel biorefinery concept was evaluated in REMOWE to have the highest innovativeness and sustainability scores among the ideas presented in Finland and Estonia. REMOWE results also pointed out the potential to use dry digestion in biogas production. These two technologies were tested in semi-industrial mobile pilot plants. The pilot plants were designed, manufactured and tested with selected waste materials from selected potential implementers/investors. The tests provided with proof of technology for the both technologies of treating various organic wastes to convert them into valuable products.

The objective of ABOWE was through pilot plant tests and related activities to produce investment decision support information in form of Investment Memo for each testing region. Potential implementers&investors, such as sewage treatment plants, farms, food factories & waste management companies formed the key group of ABOWE associated organisations.

After start-up and training of testing partners and other stakeholders, the pilot plants were transported to testing regions for tests from the regions’ point of view. Testing of biorefinery took place in Finland, Poland & Sweden; testing of dry digestion took place in Lithuania, Estonia & Sweden.

The Investment Memo for each region included proof of technology as well as economical calculations, business plan and management plan. It is a manual for potential implementers & investors for implementing full scale applications of the two technologies and for respective investment opportunities.

The regional model, a key outcome from REMOWE, was used to evaluate the both technologies' economic&climatic impacts from each testing region's point of view, which facilitated compiling Investment Memos.

Key contents of Investment Memos were presented in specific Investor Events in each testing region to potential implementers&investors. The objective was also to enhance willingness to invest by answering (with the information produced) to the questions that implementers&investors are asking. These questions were listed in Letters of support, signed by potential implementers/investors (associated organizations).

Via Investment Memos&Investor Events ABOWE integrated potential implementers&investors to investments of full scale plants. The desired outcome from ABOWE are implementer/investor driven continuation projects targeting full scale investments of the two technologies.

ABOWE directly contributed to the Climate Change, Renewable Energy&Waste Management objectives of the EU.


Achievements of the project so far:

Future biorefineries will work according to the principles of Nature, using microbes and enzymes for upgrading wastes and other biomass into biofuels, other energy substances, platform chemicals, and organic fertilisers. The concept of ‘waste’ will become unnecessary in industries, communities, agriculture and forestry, since all materials are refined and recycled. The ABOWE project and pilots have paved the way to this industrial revolution.

Two mobile pilot plants (Pilot A Novel Biorefinery and Pilot B Plug Flow Dry Digestion) were produced and successfully tested in various locations with different biowastes across Baltic Sea Region. The overall concept of Pilot A turned out functional in Sweden, Poland and Finland and Pilot B functioned reliably in Lithuania, Estonia and Sweden. Technical reports, investment memos and regional modeling reports were produced for each testing region and investor events were organized in all of them.

The both plants are ideal for research, learning

(knowledge transfer, training) as well as demonstrating for people that have an interest in the technologies.

It was possible to give a three time proof of concept for both pilot plants and the technologies behind. It could be documented that the process optimization could take place in the next phase with some tested principles. Pilot A biorefinery pilot could operate as an upstream biorefinery for all kinds of organic wastes. The microbiological processes are operable. Best results could be obtained by connecting Pilot A unit to simultaneous downstream processing, and biogas production, such as Pilot B.

Technological cooperation was established between partners and contractors as well as testing sites. Many potential testing sites for future studies have emerged during the testing period.

Pilot plant tests and related activities produced investment decision support information in form of Investment Memo for each testing region.

Potential implementers&investors, such as sewage

treatment plants, farms, food factories & waste management companies formed the key group of associated organisations.

The Investment Memo for each region is a manual for potential implementers&investors for implementing full scale applications of the two technologies and for respective investment opportunities. Through activities and outputs potential implementers&investors learnt a lot about the technologies and were able to assess their applicability in solving their biowaste utilisation needs.

Overseas and domestic industries have exhibited solid interests for the use of Pilot A implementation into their process development tasks. Seed funding could help in evaluating the cases and in developing them further into viable projects in this emerging field. Pilot A has shown potential in adding value into organic waste utilization and in circulation economy applications. Pilot B has given incentives and promotions for various biogas plant investment processes in the Baltic countries.



Project Duration: Dec 2012 - Sep 2014
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.044.620,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.572.530,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Savonia University of Applied Sciences ltd
FI-70201 Kuopio | FINLAND
P.O.Box 6
Region: Itä-Suomi
Contact person: President Mervi Vidgren
Phone: +358 44 785 5001
E-mail: mervi.vidgren@savonia.fi
Web: http://savonia.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:817.372,00
ERDF co-financing:613.029,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
D-38302 Wolfenbüttel | GERMANY
Salzdahlumer Str. 46/48
Region: Braunschweig
Contact person: Prof, Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Ahrens
Phone: +49 5331 939 39110
E-mail: th.ahrens@ostfalia.de
Web: www.ostfalia.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:524.623,00
ERDF co-financing:393.467,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Marshal Office of Lower Silesia
50-411 Wrocław | POLAND
Wybrzeże Słowackiego 12-14
Region: Dolnoslaskie
Contact person: Agnieszka Lukaszewska
Phone: +48 71 776 98 44
E-mail: agnieszka.lukaszewska@umwd.pl
Web: ww.umwd.dolnyslask.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:111.753,00
ERDF co-financing:94.990,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Klaipeda University
LT92294 Klaipeda | LITHUANIA
H.Manto g. 84
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Olga Belous
Phone: +370-61615335
E-mail: olga.belous@ku.lt
Web: www.ku.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:135.695,00
ERDF co-financing:115.340,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Mälardalen University
SE-721 23 Västerås | SWEDEN
P.O Box 883
Region: Östra Mellansverige
Contact person: Eva Thorin
Phone: +46 21 101564
E-mail: eva.thorin@mdh.se
Web: www.mdh.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:236.929,00
ERDF co-financing:177.696,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Estonian Regional and Local Development Agency (ERKAS)
10151 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Ahtri 8
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Jaan Lõõnik
Phone: +372 694 3431
E-mail: jaan@erkas.ee
Web: www.erkas.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:143.243,00
ERDF co-financing:121.757,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Eastern Finland
FI-70211 Kuopio | FINLAND
P.O.Box 1627
Region: Itä-Suomi
Contact person: Harri Niska
Phone: +358 44 2651291
E-mail: harri.niska@uef.fi
Web: www.uef.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:75.000,00
ERDF co-financing:56.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00