Welcome!

The South Baltic Region project RES-Chains is a cooperation between five countries: Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.

RES-Chains aims at identifying sustainable renewable energy source chains (RES-Chains) to encourage sustainable development within the South Baltic Region. Our main focus is on biomass, biogas, solar power, wind power and hydro power.

During the project period 2011-2013, we organize seminars and trainings, study trips, photo competitions, information points and exhibitions, as well as write reports on the existing and potential use of renewable energy sources in the South Baltic Region.

Our web page contains findings, documentation as well as interesting reading.

Most welcome to look around and learn more about renewable energy!

Development of network in the South Baltic region

RES-Chains partners and other stakeholders have formed a cross-border network within the South Baltic Region. The main focus is on biomass, biogas, solar power, wind power and hydro power through:

-Dissemination of jointly elaborated promotion material on RES-Chains issues

-Supporting each other with advice, consultancy and exchange of know-how

-Taking part in the regular international exchanges between the network members

-Development and implementation of joint regional, transnational projects

-Providing expertise for provincial, national, and regional authorities when required

-Extending the network by involving valuable new parties

Letter of intent

Contact: Lennart Tyrberg, Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden

Safety and logistic aspects on biomass as RES

The use of solid biomass is already dominant among RES not only in the South Baltic but in the

European Federation as a whole and is expected to grow. With this, not only emissions from combustion but also emissions from storage and handling are apt to increase.

The storage and handling of biomass is, however, not free from risks and problems.

Linnaeus University has within the RES-Chains project written a report which discusses some of the risks associated with the large-scale handling and storage of biomass with special emphasis on the processes occurring during storage and the mechanisms behind auto-ignition.

Download Safety and Logistics report

Opening of Sydfalster Energipark

The RES-Chains partner Guldborgsund Municipality has established this Information Centre and Information Point next to a 12.000 m2 solar panel field constructed by the owners of a district heating plant. It will consist of an indoor and an outdoor area. Outside next to the solar panel field you will find a shelter, tables and benches and a permanent poster exhibition focusing on solar energy. Inside in a pavilion there are 2 rooms with tables, chairs, posters, computers and additional equipment.

The main target groups are school classes, kindergartens, families on picnic (local citizens) and tourists.

The budget for this visitor center is 205 000 € in total where of RES-Chains has contributed with about 20%.

The now opened outdoor area includes:

  • Picnic house and picnic area
  • Posters on solar energy + QR codes for more information
  • Treasure hunting for children around at the area
  • App with quiz for grown-ups around at the area
  • Geo-catching and info on out-door games

During the opening weekend the center had 250 visitors and many more are expected to learn about renewable energy at this facility in the future.

Guldborgsund Opening   Guldborgsund Opening 2

Guldborgsund Opening 4 Guldborgsund Opening 3

 

Conference in Karlskrona June 11th 2014

The RES-Chains partners has the pleasure to invite to this public conference June 11th in Karlskrona. The conference includes presentations of the current use of renewable energy in the 6 partner regions and discuss the potential for increased sustainable use of renewables. We will also present new educational material, intended as a guide when looking for effective and sustainable opportunities for further regional development of renewable energy. The conference will be in English.

More information and the conference program:

Invitation conference, 11th June 2014

Inbjudan till konferens 11th June 2014 (Swedish)

Press release (Swedish)

Conference program

Partners at BTH 2014-06-11&12

 

RES-Chains partners Karlsrkona-2

Increase your knowledge on effective and sustainable RES-Chains

A new educational material has been written in the RES-Chains project.

The material is intended as a guide when looking for effective and sustainable opportunities for further regional development of renewable energy.

You will find that the education is built like a guide taking you from

–          the original source (e.g. sunshine) to

–          what you would like to deliver (e.g. district heating) to

–          what does final customer want (e.g. good indoor climate).

The education allows you to quickly identify the possibilities that different renewable energy sources has, and which your most advantageous options are.

I’m ready to start my e-learing! 

Swedish-Botswanan seminar at Krinova

The Ambassador of Botswana to Sweden, H.E. Mr. Lameck Nthekela in collaboration with the Botswana Innovation Hub and Krinova organized a seminar on business opportunities for Swedish Cleantech and ICT companies in Botswana. The seminar included a visit in the RES-Chains exhibition Super Visions.

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Guidebook for renewable energy projects

This guide book intends to give an introduction to how the solar power, hydropower, biomass, biogas and wind energy can be used and what supply chains gives high climate and environmental benefits from a lifecycle perspective. You can also learn about best practice examples from countries around the Baltic Sea.

The project “RES-Chains” has been successful in identifying sustainable renewable energy source chains to encourage sustainable development within the South Baltic Region in a cooperation of partners from Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland and Germany over the last 3 years.

The focus of the project has been on the renewable sources biomass, biogas, solar power, wind power and hydro power as the most relevant RES in the cooperation area – which is the reason why the guidebook focuses on these forms, too.

We hope that this guidebook turns out to be helpful for your RES projects.

Download

Welcome to Kristianstad “The biogas city”!

In order to be interesting for business, the biogas sector must change focus so that its users are put center-stage.

The City of Kristianstad, Krinova Science Park and Kristianstad University College are working to develop the biogas sector in close collaboration with regional businesses and various biogas players. They are working together with the entire value chain – from raw materials from agriculture, the food industry and households to biogas production and vehicle fleets that use biogas as a fuel.

A new brochure has been made within the RES-Chains project to explain more about this cooperation and the RES-Chains project.

Download brochure

Planning a sustainable energy supply system

When planning for a sustainable energy supply system, be it on a local, regional or national scale, one has to take three different parts of the system into account: the resource, the energy carrier and the energy service.

There is neither any simple measure to evaluate the pros and cons with different system solutions in a complete way nor to make the useful energy produced from the comparable in a simple and general way.

To make a full comparison:

> the availability must be taken into consideration,

> the energy carrier produced must be valued,

> the flexibility in the system must be evaluated

> the customer perspective must be taken into account;

What energy services can finally be provided and what is the local/regional market for that? It is also important to account for the economy of the system and to consider the environmental impact.

Read more –>

Permanent info-point available in Germany

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an analysis has showed that there is a need of a central information-point (IP) which connects existing IPs about renewable energy as well as planned Energy Agencies in the region.

For the target group public sector (municipalities, political decision makers, civil servants) an administrative district is a key partner. Using administrative district website as Information Point (IP) main information about RES, such as different types, best praxis and opportunities are illustrated.

Wind power – why are our opinions so diverse?

Wind power raises a lot of emotions, both positive and negative. How can we improve the understanding and contact between different stakeholders?

Politicians and civil servants in the municipalities in Skåne, and County Board and Region Skåne are welcomed to a day of wind power, communication and attitudes. We start with research and experience, and includes seminar participants. We look at two different types of communication channels. In the afternoon, the participants have the opportunity to get to know different organizations with an interest in wind power. How would they like to improve the communication between regional stakeholders?

A warm welcome!

Skåne Energy Agency

Invitation

Delegation from Botswana visits Sweden

A delegation from Botswana visited Krinova and the RES-chains exhibition Super Visions on September 17th. The focus was to discuss possible collaborations.

Botswana 2013-09-17

Permanent information point available in Sweden

Energy Agency of Southeast Sweden (ESS) has set up an information point (IP) at the permanent offices in Karlskrona.

The IP contains a collection of information material on renewable energy e.g. books, research reports, magazines, information brochures. The office in Karlskrona is also the contact point for questions and requests.

  • Information meetings and seminars. The IP offer presentations at information meetings and seminars both on request as well as on own initiative.
  • Consultations. The IP offer consultations in different forms e.g. answering mail questions, telephone consultations, 1-1 consultations, participations in discussions and workshops.
  • Study visits. Scheduled and on demand study visits is offered. It can be study tours for a specific and limited target group or could be open invitation to the general public.

Winners of the photo competition

From April to June 2013, a photo contest was launded to pupils aged 15-19 in Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. The contest inspired young people to photograph renewable energy revealing the level of integration of renewably energy sources in South Baltic’s ambience, and insinuating the important role they will play in future.

More than 2000 pupils got actively involved in the contest. 1400 votes and more than 4000 unique visitors have been recorded only in the voting period.

The 10 winners are presented at the contest web page.

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Photo by: Pawel Kazior

Can energy create commitment?

Behaviors influence how our future energy supply looks. How do we get citizens to take an interest for something we cannot see or that we take for granted?

Skåne Energy Agency organizes a workshop/seminar for interested politicians and civil servants on May 14th in Lund, Sweden.

E-mail anna.tibbelin@kfsk.se for more information.

What decides if we need wind power?

Politicians and civil servants in the municipalities in Skåne, and County Board and Region Skåne are welcomed to an afternoon of wind power on April 24th. We discuss what the Swedish energy supply looks like, even after 2020, and what role wind power can have.

A warm welcome!

Skåne Energy Agency

Invitation

Partner meeting Klaipeda

On 16-17 April a partner meeting was held in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Klaipeda

International conference in Klaipeda

At the exhibition “Individual house building 2013” the international conference “Sustainable home energy 2013” was organized. Presentations was made by sustainable energy scientists and experts from Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania. They shared own insights, experience and practice of other countries, regions and municipalities how it’s possible to provide homes, communities and regions with environmentally friendly and safe large local renewable energy.

Strategic Self-management Institute invited scientists, businessmen and specialists of public administration, who are interested to know more about opportunities and concrete methods of local renewable energy development and use in local communities and homes.

Conference Klaipeda

Study trip

The 17-18 of October 2012 the EU-project RES-chains arranged a study trip together with its partners around the Öresund-region. The goal was to spread knowledge about and give a chance to discuss new possibilities for renewable energy in the region and help overcome the barriers regarding the production of the same. The participants were decision makers, politicians and experts within the field from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Lithuania. About 50 people participated.

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Movie

Programme (PDF)

Study trip report (PDF)

Movie (You Tube)

International group visits Krinova

A two-day field trip with 50 participants from Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden concludes with a workshop on Krinova on 18 October. Policymakers and officials from participating countries in South Baltic- project RES-Chains have then for two days learned more about renewable energy: solar, wind, small scale nearby heating, small hydro and biogas. The aim is to bring back new experiences and ideas to their respective regions.

Krinova’s CEO Charlotte Lorentz Hjorth presented the biogas exhibition Super Visions for the visitors. The exhibition is a part of the RES Chain project and was inaugurated earlier this year by the Polish ambassador to Sweden.

Exhibition study visit 2012-10-18

Inauguration of exhibition

On March 17th the RES-Chains-exhibition on biogas at Krinova was inaugurated by Poland’s Ambassador to Sweden, Adam Halaciński. The RES Chains exhibition will be part of the climate and environmental technology exhibition, Super Vision. The exhibition shows the entire chain from raw biogas market business and various biogas operators as well the Swedish and international markets.

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Bioenergy Promotion Conference in Rostock 3-4 november

The 3rd and final international Bioenergy Promotion conference “Sustainable bioenergy concepts in the Baltic Sea Region” will be held in Rostock, Germany from 3nd – 4th of November 2011. The conference will organized at the same time with the German Rostocker Bioenergieforum.

The objectives of the final conference are:

• a dialogue on initiation and implementation of sustainable bioenergy concepts

• to present successful regional bioenergy regions as well as good practices

• to discuss remaining barriers for a sustainable biomass utilization in the Baltic Sea Region.the registration for the final Bioenergy Promotion Sustainable Bioenergy Concepts in the Baltic Sea Region conference has been opened.

On the 2nd of November, at the “Come together dinner”, all have the chance to contact the participants of the German “Rostocker Bioenergieforum” in a relaxed atmosphere.

On 3rd and 4th of November there is the international conference.

Registration and programme

Please, find the registration form and programmes as attachment. Remember to register at the latest by 21.10.2011.

You can send the registration form to asw@uni-rostock.de . Write “Bioenergy Promotion Conference Registration” in the subject heading of the e-mail.

More information about the conference can be found from:

http://www.bioenergypromotion.net/project/news/register-sustainable-bioenergy-concepts-in-the-baltic-sea-region-bioenegy-promotion-conference

and

http://www.auf-aw.uni-rostock.de/veranstaltungen/bp/

If you have any questions concerning registration, programme or conference, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Andrea Schüch University of Rostock andrea.schuech@uni-rostock.de

Documents for download

Register Rostock conference and meeting

BP Info

BioenergyPromotion_conference_programme

Energy Day in Vålse, Denmark

On 25 September 2011 the Municipality of Guldborgsund arranges an energy day in Vålse. The Energy Day is part of the Climate Festival Zealand, a collaboration between the Energy Service Zealand, Region of Zealand and municipalities in the region.

The aim of the festival is to raise public awareness of their own options for climate and energy. The festival consists of events spread throughout the region, in the period from Saturday, September 17 to Sunday 2. October 2011.

The topic of the day is energy conservation, renewable energy and heat supply. Energy day is celebrated as a key market day in Vålse, municipal energy village, with the possibility for both indoor and outdoor activities and booths.

Energy day in Vålse

RES-Chains project web, now available

RES-Chains is an EU-project within the  South Baltic Program. Participating in the project are 11 partners from Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Denmark.

Right now the pages contain basic information about the project and the partners. More information will be added throughout the lifetime of the project. This is the place to look for project news and results.

//Lennart Tyrberg, Project Coordinator

Start up meeting in Växjö

South Baltic programme project “Sustainable RES-Chains” kickoff was held in 1-2 of March in Växjö, Sweden.

11 partners and 5 associated organisations from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Lithuania are participating in this project.

Read report from the meeting.