Last week, the GREBE Project attended the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme Annual Conference and Lead Partner Seminar. This meeting brought together approved projects from the first 4 calls in the NPA Programme.
The Western Development Commission, Action Renewables, and the Environmental Research Institute attended and met with other projects funded under the NPA programme, as well as the Joint Secretariat and Managing Authority. The meeting was hosted by the Joint Secretariat and Managing Authority on 20th & 21st September at the Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland.
The theme of this years conference is ‘Blue Growth’. The programme for the conference not only focuses on the Arctic, but also aims to contribute to the Atlantic Strategy. The conference will address such topics as entrepreneurship and innovation related to fisheries and aquaculture, environmental protection and maritime and coastal tourism.
The Western Development Commission is undertaking a survey of current and potential biomass use in the Western Region. The WDC along with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, were tasked to ‘complete a regional renewable energy analysis on the use of biomass as a local contribution to the national renewable heat target and develop a range of actions to support the development of renewable energy in the region’ under the Action Plan for Jobs.
This will inform how we support and develop biomass use in this region. We are keen to understand more about how you operate your heating systems, any plans you have for further biomass investment or use and your general views on biomass.
Rural Academy is a rural knowledge lab, a community of people who love ecological agriculture, its teaching, its social value. It addresses the problem of small farms focusing on eco-farming, multifunctionality and education to differentiate their business, they often find no training support to develop these activities. The Rural Academy is one of the outcomes of the MADIE (Multifunctional Agriculture as a Driver for Innovation in rural Europe) project.
The Rural Academy was presented during the last MADIE project meeting which was held in Joensuu (Finland), hosted by GREBE partner Luke from 29.05.-02.06.2017. The last partner meeting was the second stop for MADIE in Finland – in 2016 a training course was hosted to teach motivated consultants, students, entrepreneurs, cooperative representatives, SME´s and other interested stakeholders how to become successful consultants for cooperative structures.
Main aspects of the Finnish part of MADIE included the experiences and lessons from successful energy cooperatives, the importance of cooperative business models and cooperatives in Finland.
The MADIE project deals with farmers, foresters and small and medium sized enterprises or its associated processing establishments. The knowledge on cooperative business models can be applied within the GREBE project, especially within the working package 7 implementation on “Knowledge transfer and business delivery”.
MADIE is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the German Starkmacher e.V. with partners Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke, Finland), County Governor of Hordaland (Norway), NAK Nonprofit Kft. (Hungary) and Terre di loppiano srl (Italy).
Iceland has about 60 technology companies that create technology that are suitable for sea-related operations. Many of them are leaders in their field, both in terms of quality and environmental protection. The companies are focused in durable goods, efficiency, good use of energy, oil savings, water savings and hygiene.
The 10 Icelandic companies have been collaborating closely together recently through the Iceland Ocean Cluster and their newest cooperative project is a website, greenmarinetechnology.is where users can explore a virtual world of eco-friendly tech solutions. Introducing everything from geothermal energy utilization to ecofriendly trawl doors, Green Marine marks a turning point in jointly marketing technology solutions for the seafood industry.
Green technology refers to technology, which improves production processes, productivity and efficiency, use of raw materials or energy and reduces waste and pollution. Technological development is a key environmental issue. The call for environmentally friendly technologies is in all areas. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are prominent, as it is clear that if the goal of reduced greenhouse gas emissions is to be achieved it´s necessary to make changes in energy matters.
Many Icelandic high tech companies are leading in its field in terms of quality and eco-friendliness. They generally emphasize quality, efficiency, power savings, water savings and sanitation. These two key elements, quality and Eco friendliness, are extremely important when marketing Icelandic technology
The GREBE Project will attend the NPA Annual Conference 2017 which takes place in Galway on 21st September. The theme of this years conference is ‘Blue Growth’.
The programme for the conference not only focuses on the Arctic, but also aims to contribute to the Atlantic Strategy. The conference will address such topics as entrepreneurship and innovation related to fisheries and aquaculture, environmental protection and maritime and coastal tourism.
Galway located on the Atlantic coast is a fitting location. The venue is the Marine Institute, which plays a national coordinating role in the Atlantic Strategy.
The Western Development Commission, Action Renewables, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and the Environmental Research Institute will attend and meet with other projects funded under the NPA programme.
Information on the NPA Programme and conference is available here
The NIRDP 2014-2020 has six priorities and is supported by a total budget of approximately £623 million. The six priorities are:
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Farm competitiveness and risk management
Food chain organisation
Restoring and enhancing ecosystems
Promoting resource efficiency
Social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas
Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group (LAG) Ltd which covers the Fermanagh and Omagh district, is one of ten LAGs responsible for delivering Priority 6 in the rural areas of Northern Ireland. The overall aim of Priority 6, which has a budget allocation of approximately £70 million, is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas (LEADER). The NIRDP 2014-2020 is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
The Fermanagh and Omagh LAG will, through programme delivery with a budget of approximately £8.29 million and by working in partnership with other agencies, contribute to the development of stronger rural communities through the creation of a more diverse and outward looking prosperous rural economy. The LAG will do this by creating greater local employment opportunities. The LAG will also support innovative approaches to the development of local services and facilities meeting the needs of the changing rural population. The LAG will achieve this by delivering the following Schemes:
The Fermanagh and Omagh LAG Board comprises 24 Members of which 11 are elected representatives nominated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC) and 13 social partners representing the business, community and agriculture sectors.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council acts as the Administrative Council with responsibility for all financial and administrative matters.
The GREBE project studied the market access paths of RE and energy storage technologies by using a case-study approach. The case studies (n 12) included technology descriptions, technology demonstration and deployment issues and support systems. The case-based paths provided information on important drivers and barriers, thus providing background for the business mentoring support of the GREBE project. The summary report of key findings, roadmap to market, as available now in GREBE Project Publications.
Basing on the case study findings, coordinated technology planning is an essential part of the roadmap to market, i.e. strategy to proceed from the technology development and demonstration to its successful market deployment. Technology planning covers both planning of the new technology development, but can be also applied as a process of updating and adopting new existing technologies for the business enterprises.
The development paths of technologies included several steps building on the earlier ones, and time-span was up to 15-20 years. Without coordination and planning procedures, the market-access can be very difficult to reach, and innovations can be lost. As a part of the technology planning, technology transfers can be utilised. They can include technologies (or sub-technologies) of different readiness levels, and new to area solutions. The role of technology transferring agents, i.e. persons (often multi-nationals) with experience of different industries and operational environments remains essential.
Bridging the gap between demonstration and deployment remains also as a key challenge. The gap between the technology demonstration and deployment can be reduced by establishing and utilising soft supports, industry clustering and partnerships in demonstration, for instance. Public sector has often an essential role in providing the supporting infrastructures (such as business and technology parks) and funding instruments.
Partnerships are essential for risk sharing in long and often capital intensive processes, as well as finding suitable sites for demonstrator projects. There were several types of partnership models applied in RE technology cases. They were often place-based and utilising local trust and previous experiences.
End-user support is essential part of the early deployment. Technologies typically have still improvement needs and often end-users need training and support for the deployment. This raises the importance of the development of the end-user supports along the technology development, and full availability of the service and maintenance as the technology reaches the market.