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EBRI led an ambitious international project to promote the wider adoption of bioenergy in regions of North West Europe to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy security and employment opportunities.

This €7.9m Interreg IVB funded project was put in place to support companies, organisations and local authorities to deliver local bioenergy in parts of the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The BioenNW project had 11 European partners throughout North West Europe.

BioenNW helped organisations (local and regional authorities, businesses, academia and investors) to establish local, small-scale, bioenergy schemes in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and UK. BioenNW stimulated the potential for biomass to make a substantial contribution to increasing energy security, reducing carbon emissions, creating employment, developing synergies between regions and providing a platform for future European funding.

The project helped to demonstrate the economic viability of power generation from urban and rural waste and how technologies can be used with anaerobic digestion and difficult to manage waste streams.

One of BioenNW's objective was to test a new process which combines intermediate pyrolysis and Anaerobic Digestion, with demonstration in each region.

BioenNW aims were to:

Create a Network of Bioenergy Support Centres throughout North West Europe providing support to organisations to deliver local bioenergy more efficiently and cost-effectively. The Network offered services including expert advice, testing services, region specific resource information, workshops and seminars, access to funding, a Decision Support Tool, electronic bioenergy library and more.

Build a Decision Support Tool to assist with the investment process and to help decide where to locate future bioenergy plants.

Demonstrate the combined operation of innovative bioenergy technologies at a commercial scale and testing a range of biomass.

Identify at least 25 sites for the development of new bioenergy schemes and develop 5 of these to the point of build by 2015.

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The Project was supported by the Interreg IVB Northwest Europe Programme

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