GREBE publishes its sixth project e-zine

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The GREBE Project has published its sixth e-zine to showcase the activities and ongoing goals of the project.  

Since the summer, we have continued to carry out the project activities. Action Renewables published a Report based on case studies on the awareness and understanding of funding for renewable energy businesses, and the Environmental Research Institute has prepared case studies of renewable energy technologies in the partner region which can be downloaded from the GREBE website.

We studied the market access paths of renewable energy and energy storage technologies by using a case-study approach. The case studies 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 Roadmap to Market report as available to download now from the project website here.

Our Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme in Northern Ireland is complete and we have started to roll it out in Finland, Scotland and Ireland. Details can be found on pages 8 and 9 of our e-zine.

Our e-zine can be downloaded from the GREBE Project website here

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Sinikasvis – Biomass-based CHP and PV at farm-scale

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Sinikasvis is a limited partnership located in Sukeva, Northern Savo. The berry farm has unique energy production system consisting of a biomass –based co-production of heat by Spanner Re2 unit and 15 kW PV system.

The Finnish GREBE partners, LUKE and Karelia UAS, visited Sinikasvis for compiling a case study for the GREBE project on biomass-based CHP. The recently invested system, Spanner Re2 (30 kW for electricity, 80 kW for heat) is the first of a kind in the region, but has number of references around Europe. The energy consumption (140 000 kWh/a) is highest in winter peak times, but also in late summer as berry farm needs energy for freezers and dryers. The woodchips are high quality (below 10% moisture and even-sized) and produced by the farmer form his own forest.

Sinikasvis is part of the E-farm network demonstrating renewable energy solutions in Finland. The farm is also producer of Farmivirta – Farm Power – concept of Oulun Energia, selling renewable electricity produced by micro- and small-scale producers.

The GREBE project will prepare a case study report about the Sinikasvis farm, which will then be available as good example case for biomass-based CHP solution for the Northern Periphery regions and GREBE partner countries.

More information available at: E-Farm (In Finnish); Spanner Re2; Farmivirta

Hybrid energy solution on farm scale – Finnish GREBE partners visited a case in Northern-Savo

The Finnish GREBE project partners Luke and Karelia UAS visited Itikan tila farm in the region of Northern Savo in Finland. The farm visited will be a case study for the GREBE project on hybrid energy solutions used in energy production.

The farm is a seed producer since the 1970´s, but the ownership dates back until 1905, however, nowadays energy production plays an important role of the farm´s business. The energy production on the farm includes an own biodiesel production unit, a wind turbine, solar panels and a ground source heat pump.

The bio-oil production is used mainly to produce heat for heating and drying of grain, but also as fuel for two tractors and a harvesting machine. The production is based on rape seed oil and vegetable and frying oils from the industry in the region.  The rape residues can be processed to briquettes as cattle feed on the farm. Briquettes are also produced from straw, cutter shavings and saw dust from the local wood processing industry and mainly used for combustion in a municipal district heating scheme in the region.

The hybrid energy solution for the farm includes a 5 kW wind power plant since 2015. The energy produced is used to heat water in an accumulator. In addition to the energy production, the wind mill is an important component for the demonstration.

The farm has invested two years ago into a solar PV plant with a capacity of 10 kW. The produced electricity is transferred directly to the electricity grid. The farm used heat exchangers and heat recovery systems in many places on the farm, LED lights are the favored light option.

Another energy source is based on a ground sources heat pump system (30kW). All in all, the farm has an energy consumption of approximately 150 000 kWh, especially for seed processing and drying.

The farm is also part of the e-farm network which for example organizes visits to energy producing farms. The Itikan farm has several visitor groups each month.

The GREBE project will prepare a case study report about the Itikan farm which will then be available as good example case for hybrid energy solution for the Northern Periphery regions and GREBE partner countries.