· 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.