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NoE WP5 seminar with industrial partners
Near the end of our first 18 months, WP5 held a seminar with partners and industry in Berlin and Gubin.
In Berlin they were hosted by Bewag at Heizkraftwerk Mitte, and the topic was choice of fuels and related barriers to bioenergy. In Gubin and Dychow in Poland they visited a Salix plantation and discussed the barriers to energy plantations. In particular EC BREC contributed with two presentations related to WP6.
The industrial partners agreed on WP5ís classification of barriers and some explicitly supported their case study approach as a good way of ensuring relevance in this kind of research. The presentations clearly showed fundamental differences in the conditions for growing and using biomass in Germany, Poland and Sweden.
Towards the end of the seminar, one of our industrial partners came up with an idea of a project that was further developed during the bus ride back to Berlin: We would run a comparative experiment of energy plantations in Germany, Poland and Sweden with the purpose of reducing uncertainty of CAP implementation and providing bench-marking for national policy makers. Several of the industrial partners as well as the Network partners expressed interest in participation.