Transnational sharing of knowledge is a key element of the GREBE project and special focus of working package 7 in order to facilitate transnational effective knowledge transfer and collaboration in the RE business sector and to promote knowledge sharing and information exchange between actors in renewable energy supply and demand.
Two case reports are currently available on the transfer of technology and knowledge in the NPA:
Nordkraft – Northern energy expertise
Nordkraft is an energy group focusing on development, production and distribution of renewable energy. In addition, the group has power sales and other energy-related businesses. The business focuses on planning, construction and operating hydro and wind energy plants.
The energy business model of Nordkraft includes business operations in energy infrastructure planning, development, construction, operation, maintenance and trade. The focus on establishing and operating the systems, and avoiding or sharing the capital investment risks, provides growth opportunities. The long-term emphasis on local expertise and business diversity provides permanent jobs in the sector supports the local socio-economic development.
Knowledge sharing expert sessions with SME´s
The GREBE project arranged a possibility for the transfer of knowledge within the Northern Periphery area by hosting expert sessions with SME´s, associations and land owner representatives in the sector of renewable energy supply and demand. The sessions were part of the GREBE project meeting events hosted by the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council from 6th – 10th November 2017. Two experts, Saija Rasi and Veikko Möttönen from the GREBE partner organization Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) were available to the participants for one-to-one meetings on Wednesday 8th November.
Knowledge on two main topics were shared between the experts from Finland and SME’s:
- Biogas production and utilization possibilities in rural areas
- Further processing of sawn wood and side streams
The experts were also available during a networking event for businesses from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland giving the opportunity to engage with one another or opening up the possibility of joint working opportunities in the future.
Further technology transfer cases are currently under development supporting the activity towards a guideline supporting enterprises in introducing new to market energy solutions.
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