NSR is part of the Greater Bio project which is run within the EU program Interreg ÖKS, where Gate 21 is the main responsible.
The main goal of the project is to optimize the use of biomass by:
- To share knowledge between municipalities that actively work with bioeconomy and based on this develop tools or guidelines, which should make it easier for a municipality to prioritize the use of local biomass and support relevant actors who can implement this.
- Increased collection and use of biomass where, based on the above assessment, it is sustainable both economically, in terms of energy and in relation to biodiversity.
- Increase the production of biogas from new biomasses, which are not considered realistic in order to be better utilized. This can be a residual biomass from the use of biomass to the production of other products before the rest is used in the biogas plant. Includes the best use of fertilizer residues after the biogas plant, so that the fertilizer parts can achieve higher value and thereby improve the overall profitability and thus the production of biogas production.
- Investigate the usefulness of biochar and assessment when biomass should be converted to biochar and energy rather than biogas.
- Promote biodiversity by collecting biomass in nature where it promotes biodiversity and in a way that does not harm. For example, by removing grass and thus nutrients from areas that need to be nutrient-poor in order to regain the original habitat type and the high species diversity.
NSR: is involved in a case where we focus on investigating and developing opportunities for the use of biochar. The market for biochar is young in both Sweden and Denmark and the product is currently used for a few applications, mainly in urban cultivation. Despite this, there is currently a deficit of locally produced biochar on the market and most are therefore imported from Germany. A number of production facilities are under construction and we will see a change in the market in the coming years and this opens up to investigate the biochar's opportunities to function as a raw material in products.
The case is divided into three areas
- Knowledge acquisition and market analysis
- Development of biochar and prototype
- Dissemination of knowledge.