About the project

REMOWE aimed to contribute to a decreased negative effect on the environment by reduction of carbon dioxide emission by creating a balance between energy consumption and sustainable use of renewable energy sources.

Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and use of renewable energy sources are broad areas and this project focused on energy resources from waste and actions to promote implementation of energy efficient technology in the Baltic Sea region within the waste to energy area. The focus was to catalyse utilisation of waste from cities, farming and industry for energy purposes (electricity, heat, fuels) in an efficient way in the BSR region. Partners from Sweden, Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Germany represent both far developed regions in the field as well as regions in which the level of energy utilisation of waste is currently low. E.g. Germany possesses valuable experiences of producing biogas and these were shared and transferred through this project to other regions.

First (WP3) partner regions (PR) investigated the current status, bottle-necks and needs for development and innovation. Secondly (WP4) the PRs jointly studied possible future status, taking into consideration the basis of each region. Tailored innovation processes (IP) were organised in five PRs, using internet-based platform to gain views and wishes from versatile players in the field. Special innovation days were organised in five PRs, combining partners and external experts. These IPs resulted in action plans for supporting SMEs and recommendations for improving regulations and strategies in regions. In WP5 biogas  opportunities were explored in detail in North Savo region, Finland by means of a regional modelling pilot based on modern computational methods and geographic information systems.

Outputs include strategies for technology transfer, good practice solutions, action plans for supporting SMEs in the implementation of new technology, creation of new business opportunities and technology investment proposals within the waste to energy area.

The project has provided guidelines for data specification and gathering for the purposes of regional modelling of waste-to-energy concepts. The project gave new ideas how to foster new innovations with the aid of modern IT.

To support project activities and involve key stakeholders in the project, open seminars were organised in each PR. Networks of SMEs, universities and authorities were formed and utilised in the PR. SMEs were involved in project activities to facilitate project to reach results and implement strategies in practice after the project.

The ABOWE project

The ABOWE project (Implementing Advanced Concepts for Biological Utilization of Waste) was an extension stage project of the finalized REMOWE project (Regional Mobilization of Sustainable Waste to Energy Production). As a direct result from REMOWE, work continued with two promising technologies, unlocking investments with support from the Baltic Sea Region programme.

Two mobile pilot plants were to be built and tested in several BSR regions. The pilots would be based on a novel biorefinery concept from Finnoflag Oy, Finland, as well as a German dry fermentation process. The pilots formed the basis for compilation of investment memos and upcoming Investor events. The regional model, developed in REMOWE, were to be used to evaluate the new processes’ economic and climatic impacts in each region.

The desired outcome from ABOWE was implementer/investor driven continuation projects targeting full scale plant investments of the two technologies.
Please see www.abowe.eu for further information.