About RES-Chains

The overall idea of the project is to promote sustainable renewable energy supply chains. This implies to have a look at the entire production chain, as only a perspective on the whole system can guarantee sustainability. The project will focus on applications in biomass, biogas, hydro, wind and solar power.

The activities include:

An analytical part, which explores the state-of-the-art and the potentials for renewable energy from all sources in the South Baltic area. The involved research institutions will make investigations that should give the whole picture of the energy supply in the region. They investigate different aspects like e.g. existing policies and strategies for supply chains and their management, political support mechanisms, life cycles of RES, risks related to their use, modes for RES maintenance and cost-effectiveness of RES.
The studies will be conducted for each participating region separately as well as for the South Baltic area as a whole, allowing for a comparative perspective. The results are processed into the participating regions via trainings for politicians and decision makers, workshops and meetings of regional networks that will be created.

An implementation-oriented part, which should help to make RES a natural choice when building new energy plants and provide start up help for planning concrete investments. Impulses for this are created e.g. by one-to-one consultations and feasibility studies covering different RES (Hydro-, wind-, solar power, biomass, biogas), which should result in new applications. Also best practices examples from all over the South Baltic area will be compiled, virtually presented and disseminated in the regional networks.

A part focusing on awareness raising and information, which aims at more deeply rooting the RES approach among the decision-makers and the general public. It includes international “seeing and believing” study tours decision makers, regional workshops and study visits, exhibitions and a school competition addressing youngsters as well as the creating of permanent regional info points

All these activities are to be implemented in international collaboration, incorporating previous knowledge and experiences from the Partners and regions involved.

Project period 2011-2014.