Pilot Investments

Investments on local/regional level guarantee a sustainable output through a profound analysis and evaluation of demand and context. The pilot projects realized in the scope of the PEA project contain feasibility studies that are supposed to ensure the possibilities of implementation. Only those pilot projects will be implemented, that are in line with the defined quality and sustainability criteria of the project. All pilot projects with investments serve as model implementations that demonstrate the possible use of material, devices and processes. Searching for investors to carry on with the regional implementation processes is a further corner stone for durability.

List of PEA Pilot Projects

1.) Demonstration Plant: Regional Biogas Plant

Ylivieska subregion is one of the leading cattle and dairy producer areas in Finland. This investment will be a part of the regional biogas plant which will process cow manure, biomass and wastewater sludge (estimated 50.000t/a) to produce biogas. Biogas is converted to CHP and substitutes fossil fuel. Biogasplant is planned to be built in Kalajoki, which is part of Ylivieska subregion. This plant is the first of its kind in Ylivieska subregion.

Report - Regional wood chip gasifier

2.) Warm water all week

Aim: to adopt experiences of other partner regions of solar energy use in remote region of Lithuania, Dukštas (IS) case. Here solar collectors' system (to heat approx. 3000 l of water 24 hrs per day) would be installed to produce warm water in summer time for every day use (now it is supplied only twice per week in summer) for public institutions and several residential houses, connected to the network in this remote neighbourhood. It shows that long time existing problems can be solved by energy from renweable sources. Positive change will directly effect local inhabitants and decrease energy poverty level here through piloting demonstrative solution of diversified energy resources (including alternative) use in remote areas and through dissemination of the results. In IS there are many tourism facilities and partners' (f.e., Estonian) experience is actual. At the end of the project, investment will stay under ownership of the administration of Ignalina district municipality

Report - Warm water all week

3.) Show case for locally produced insulation material

The established network will demonstrate its capacity by setting up a hemp-based insulation of prominent public building in Kraslava. This showcase will demonstrate not only the advantage of this innovative material but also the benefit from this network along the supply chain. The experiences and results from building and running this network will be disseminated to the transnational project community as an example how to tackle energy efficiency issues in a remote rural area using the triple-helix approach. The use of the innovative material (hemp crete) for insulation will create a better than „zero-carbon“ standard as an example also on national level. It provides also opportunity for public awareness raising and will contributing to wider use of this locally produced and CO2 locking material all over BSR region. Production of the hemp could be one of the components „warming up“ local economy in BSR municipalities and reduce energy consumption at the same time.

Report - Locally produced insulation material

4.) Power from the sun to reduce energy costs

A „small scale renewable energy application“ with solar energy technology for power production shall be the core of actions to raise the awareness and acceptance for renewable energy. This is crucial in Visaginas, a remote town that depends on a NPP that will be shut down by the end of year 2009. As here the follow-up of nuclearbest future measures in energy efficiency locally. The devices will be placed on town's social centre with full range of services, dealing with a socially sensitive part of inhabitants. So we’ll get special attention for the measures which lead to a significant reductions of energy consumption for this building and give a good practice example to the inhabitants as individual consumers as well. At the end of the project the investment will stay under ownership of the municipality of Visaginas.

Report - Solar Energy

5.) Small scale renewable energy pilot system

The small scale renewable energy pilot system will be installed in the building (appr. 150 sq. m), located in Niepolomice. It is configured to provide thermal and electrical energy during day (PVT panels) and night (hydrogen cell). Part of the electricity produced day time will be consumed by electrolyser to generate hydrogen and store it in the tank. At night, hydrogen cell will use stored fuel to generate heat and electric power. The pilot installation will give the opportunity to examine economical, ecological and social results of renewable energy sources utilization instead of fossil fuels in the building of popular size, located in small town. Data on costs and savings will be recorded and analyzed as well as users' opinions and impacts on local population. Compact structure of the pilot system and it's relatively low cost allows replication in various regions. Comparison of exploitation data and opinions will show possibilities of further implementations in regional strategies.

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