ARBOR: Securing North-West Europe's biomass energy supply
Regions and municipalities across North-West Europe are trying to find ways to meet the ever-increasing energy demands on our resources by producing biomass. However, greater coordination and commercial know-how are required. With partners in Benelux, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the ARBOR project is addressing the urgent supply and demand issues around this biological material. The ultimate goal is to make the EU a world-class centre for biomass production.
ARBOR brings together key stakeholders involved in the various stages of the biomass supply-chain. These include academics who teach and research in biomass, local authorities actively piloting novel experimentation with biomass, and manufactures who assist in exploring new methods and processes. The consortium has realised the importance of transnational cooperation and has established a number of pilot projects aimed at sourcing and exploiting biomass materials across North-West Europe.Beyond pilot projects, various conversion technologies are also being used for demonstration purposes and include a biomass gasifier to produce combustible gases from wood. These demonstrations serve the purpose of presenting solutions to businesses and indeed municipalities looking to produce heat and power from waste. In fact, ARBOR has seen the Centre of Excellence for Biomass to Energy (CEBE) at Staffordshire University become a transnational focal point, uniting stakeholders wishing to learn at first-hand how to manage a biomass system.