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E2BEBIS consists of:

· Meetings and workshops aimed at awareness-raising among the relevant stakeholders about the potential benefits of using biochar

· Setting up 7 regional energy clusters running pyrolysis plants in the participating countries

· Lobbying activities aimed at updating the relevant legislative framework regarding biochar
Newsletter #3

July 2014

In This Issue

  • Open seminars
  • Visit in Sonnenerde, Austria
  • Visit in FLUID, S.A. in Poland
  • Media dissemination
  • New outputs

 
 

New outputs


·Comparative study

As part of the project’s activities, a comparative study analyzing the existing biochar plants and the use of pyrolysis has been published. The study can be downloaded from the Outputs section on E2BEBIS website.

·Brochures

E2BEBIS have published project brochures in each partner´s language version. You can check them in our Outputs section and also take a quick look on the English version here. 

 


  E2BEBIS project

 

E2BEBIS tackles the limited use of biochar in Central Europe, the lack of a proper legal framework on biochar on EU level, as well as on national levels in the participating countries, and the low awareness of the potential benefits of biochar among policy-makers and other stakeholders. The project runs from June 2012 until November 2014 and consists of a series of activities targeted at all biochar-related stakeholders (eg. public authorities, scientific community, agriculture sector, energy suppliers and end users) and aimed at developing good practices related to biochar and influencing policy-makers on all levels.

For more information about the project and the ongoing activities, please visit the official website of the project (www.e2bebis.eu). 

 

This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.

Open seminars

· January 2014, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Energy Research Center and VSB-Technical University of Ostrava organized an open seminar focused on renewable resources during the Infotherma 2014 exhibition, which is the biggest exhibition of innovations in heating systems, energy saving systems and effective use of renewable resources in small and middle-sized equipment’s in Czech Republic.

  

Our main objective at the open seminar during this accompanying program was to present the environmental and economic benefits of biochar, and last but not least the main advantages of clusters focused on clean energy production and usage to the firms and organizations focused on the usage of renewable resources.

A total of 54 participants attended the seminar. Infotherma had more than 5230 domestic and international firms and organizations, more than 500000 visitors that exhibited or came to see the exhibition over the last 20 years, and therefore it was a great chance to publish the E2BEBIS project.
 

· May 2014, Bologna, Italy

On May 2014 another open seminar was organized within the E2BEBIS project. It took place in Bologna and was hosted by the lead partner of the project, the University of Bologna. It was a one afternoon long event, open to everyone interested in the biochar, which is not yet allowed as a fertilizer in Italy. The purpose of this seminar was to raise awareness of the advantages of pyrolysis applied for producing biochar and to involve relevant stakeholders for the realization of the cluster in North-East Italy.

  

The event showed the potential of biochar to banks, energy experts and farmers. After the presentations were held, there were discussions. It was realized at this time that, except people previously involved in the process of development of the open seminar, only few participants were aware about the complexity of the policy about biochar in Italy and Europe.

The level of involvement from the audience was really high. Several proposals of visits have been separately made especially from energy producers willing to test biochar.

Journalist visit of biochar plant Sonnenerde, Austria


On 22nd and 23rd May 2014 an educational visit for journalists from the partner countries was organised. The visit took place in Riedlingsdorf in Austria, where the object of our visit, company Sonnenerde, is located.

On the first day of the meeting journalists from Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic were introduced to the project E2BEBIS, its main aims and activities.  On the second day the director and owner of the company, Mr. Gerald Dunst, provided the journalists and the project partners with a very interesting guided tour through his company, showed us all the processes and explained, how his ecologically oriented business works.

   

The visited company Sonnenerde deals with preparing high quality compost-based soil. The plant processes paper sludge (a by-product of pulping industry) and hulls from cereals and the suppliers of biomass are paper and food industry. About 30% of biochar produced by the plant is used in-house to produce soil. Sonnenerde has recently launched on the market a “Terra Preta” like soil for special applications. The remaining biochar produced by the plant is sold directly to farmers (used as soil amendant) and also as a food additive for animal (a supplement in cow and poultry feed formulations). 

Visit in FLUID, S.A. in Poland


On June 18th 2014 project partners visited the company FLUID S.A. located in Sędziszów, in the south of Poland.  Mr. Gladki, the President of the Management Board, welcomed us in his company, introduced us to its history, current state and main aim. Ms. Jaśkiewicz, responsible for contacts with investor relations, showed us around the company. 

The company is a great example showing the potential of biochar (here also called biocarbon) and its practical use in agriculture and energy industry. 

FLUID has a functioning plant, where the biomass is processed and thermal energy is created (and supplied to the households). A new installation is prepared which will be able to create clean electric energy, too. FLUID produces biochar from various types of biomass (biomass plant, a mixture of segregated municipal wastes with the wood chips, technological wastes biomass).

  
The company exists since 1991. In 2005 it was reactivated and started to concentrate on undertaking a research and implementing an innovative technology of autothermal energy from biomass. Continuous production of biocarbon started in August 2010. In November 2010, Fluid Cooperation Ltd. has been awarded organized by the Foundation Partnership for the Environment Clean Business Competition in the category “Innovative Process”. As the winner of the competition, the Company was awarded the prestigious Pyramid of Clean Business for ecological and bringing tangible benefits solutions that help build a market advantage.

FLUID is a great example of practical use of biochar and heat, which is created during the carbonisation process. The company has plans and visions for further using of biocarbon FLUID brand. It will be really interesting to follow its activities in the future.

Media dissemination

One of the main aims of E2BEBIS project is to increase awareness of the potential benefits of biochar among policy-makers and stakeholders. Media are an important channel to reach them all. 

A call for journalists was made in each partner´s country and published in the website in order to bring media professionals to an educational visit to Riedlingsdorf, in Austria on 22nd and 23rd of May 2014 and visit Sonnenerde biochar production plant, as told in a previous post in this newsletter. 

A total of 10 journalists from the five partner´s countries attended that visit. We already have some results from this visit! Czech daily journal "Deník" published in June an article about biochar called "Biochar. A miraculous material of 21st century?". It describes what biochar is and how it works and tells about Sonnernerde's fruitful experience producing biochar. The whole article is available in Czech on the websites of the project. Further Articles from this visit are expected to be published in the following weeks and will be announced on E2BEBIS website
 
Moreover, on May 2014 E2BEBIS and biochar were presented in Italian media. RAI TV, the Italian National Television showed E2BEBIS project inside the broadcast TGR Leonardo. The video is available in Italian

The video clearly illustrates the process of obtaining biochar. It explains how it works and which benefits it would bring to agriculture and environment and the challenges to implement it in Europe. Alessandro Ostorero, project manager from UNCEM, responsible for E2BEBIS project, offered some interesting quotes about the beneficial part of biochar. For example, that one tonne of biochar means three less tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere and also the improvement of the soil, which retains better the water and its nutrients, so it requires less watering and land using.

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