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Advanced Technologies for Biogas Efficiency Sustainability and
Transport

Objective

The ATBEST ITN will develop innovative research and training for the biogas industry in Europe. It comprises eight training sites located in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Sweden and is a multidisciplinary collaboration between internationally-renowned research teams and industrial partners, each with complementary expertise in a wide range of environmental technologies. 12 ESRs and 2 ERs will be recruited and each will participate in secondments, industrially relevant training and 3 Summer Schools. The aim is to establish long-term collaborations and develop structured research and training relevant to industry and academia along the biogas supply chain (biogas production from feedstock to its utilisation as energy). The project will reinforce and expand existing research links to standardise and advance biogas training.

The Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) sets EU targets of a 20% share of energy from renewable sources in the overall energy mix by 2020. However, current technologies are not sufficient to reach these targets in a sustainable manner. ATBEST will develop new and innovative technologies for the biogas sector, to enable Europe to implement its Energy 2020 strategy and to address the challenges of increasing energy demand and energy generation costs. The young researchers will create new knowledge for the biogas industry, and will develop advanced technical and commercial skills to enhance their employment opportunities upon completion of the programme. ATBEST outputs will be disseminated across Europe – to policy makers, applicable sectors (including energy, agri-food and transport), academia and to the general public. An Innovation, Exploitation and Employability Steering Group will input industrial and policy expertise from the Associate Partners to the training programme. The Associate Partners will also provide feedback to each fellow and provide additional industrial secondment opportunities.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 499 309,46
Administrative Contact
Sam Mccloskey (Mrs.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 914 675,52
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Gercek
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE KOLN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 228 668,88
Address
Gustav-heinemann-ufer 54
50968 Koln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Bongards (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 251 414,46
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O'connell (Dr.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 251 414,46
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mary O'brien (Ms.)
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 266 525,16
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annika Arvidson (Mrs.)
ERVIA

Participation ended

Ireland
EU contribution
€ 186 829,84
Address
Lapps Quay 6
T12 Cork
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Kilgallon (Mr.)
SCANDINAVIAN BIOGAS FUELS INTERNATIONAL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 233 372,04
Address
Hollandargatan 21 A
111 60 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jorgen Ejlertsson (Prof.)
GAS NETWORKS IRELAND
Ireland
Address
Gasworks Road
Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claire Madden (Ms.)