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Solutions for the safe application of wastewater and sludge for high efficient biomass production in Short-Rotation-Plantations

Objective

The economic situation for European farmers deteriorated constantly during the last decade because of increasing cost pressures on agricultural products. Priorities in EU's Common Agricultural Policy change and foresee to strengthen farmers' role in rural development and fulfilment of quality standards for environment, animal protection and food security.

To be competitive, farmers are obliged to adapt their business activities in terms of alternative products and quality requirements. Short-Rotation-Plantations (SRP) are a very promising alternative source of income by cultivating fast growing tree-species as a source for bioenergy or different technical purposes under application of wastewater and sewage sludge for irrigation and fertilisation. Due to this procedure SRP are high efficient biomass production systems with additional contributions to a low-cost and environmentally safe biological wastewater and sludge treatment. Thus SRPs perfectly meet requirements not only for farmers in the former EU15 but also in the new Member States and Candidate Countries.

The aim of the proposing IAGs in the BIOPROS-project is to gain knowledge about the economic, ecological and technical feasibility of SRPs for different local conditions and to transfer it to their SME members (farmers, biomass processors, engineers). This will contribute to promote SRP biomass production between SMEs throughout Europe and abroad. Main focus will focus on the safe and efficient application of wastewater and sludge to guarantee high yields and sufficient treatment performance without any negative environmental or hygienic impacts. Lack of knowledge about the high SRP potential and prejudices against the application of human wastes shall be minimised during the project as well as barriers against the application of SRP-biomass. For this reason a wide range of aspects will be subject of research including SRPs' best practice and costs as well as related legislation and standards.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

EUROPEAN BIOMASS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Address
Rond Point Schuman, 6
Brussels
Belgium

Participants (28)

ASOCIACION AGRARIA JOVENES AGRICULTORES GRANADA
Spain
Address
C/ Sevilla N°5, Bajo
Granada
BULGARSKA ASOCIACIA NA FERMERITE
Bulgaria
Address
29, Vladayska Str.
Sofia
ULSTER FARMERS' UNION
United Kingdom
Address
475 Antrim Road
Belfast
KRAJOWY ZWIAZEK ROLNIKOW KOLEK I ORGANIZACJ ROLNICZYCH
Poland
Address
Ul. Szkolna 2/4
Warsaw
EESTIMAA TALUPIDAJATE KESKLIIT
Estonia
Address
Teaduse 1, Harjumaa
Saku
ZWIAZEK SLASKICH ROLNIKOW
Poland
Address
Slowackiego 10
Opole
CONFEDERAZIONE GENERALE DELL'AGRICOLTURA ITALIANA
Italy
Address
Corso Vittorio Emanuele Ii, N. 101
Rome
CZ BIOM - CESKE SDRUZENI PRO BIOMASU
Czechia
Address
Drnovská 507
Praha 6 - Ruzyn
SLOVENSKA ASOCIACIA PRE BIOMASU
Slovakia
Address
T.g. Masaryka 2117/24
Zvolen
INTERNATIONAL ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY
Switzerland
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 2
Wolhusen
HELMUT LAMP
Germany
Address
Wrömmelsberg 3
Schönberg
ANTONIO RAMOS FERNANDEZ
Spain
Address
C/ San Juan De Dios, 49-4°
Granada
GRZEGORZ PLONKA
Poland
Address
Glowna 8
Pociekarb
ATTEVALJA OU
Estonia
Address
Ätte
Tartu - Vara
AGROIMPEX LTD
Bulgaria
Address
4, Trapesitza Str.
Sofia
BIOMASA, ZDRUZENIE PRAVNICKYCH OSOB
Slovakia
Address
Kysucky Lieskovec 743
Kysusky Lieskovec
LAQUA TREATMENT AB
Sweden
Address
Gringelstadsvägen 360
Gärds Köpinge
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AND DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
Address
An Der Karlstadt 10, Haus M
Bremerhaven
EESTI POLLUMAJANDUSULIKOOL
Estonia
Address
Kreutzwaldi 64
Tartu
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITEIT
Sweden
Address
Arrheniusplan 2C
Uppsala
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA E LA SPERIMENTAZIONE IN AGICOLTURA
Italy
Address
Via Nazionale 82
Roma
SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO
Poland
Address
Nowoursynowska 166
Warsaw
LEOCOMERCE - 2004
Bulgaria
Address
Bul. Madrid 15
Sofia
UNIVERSITY OF WARMIA AND MAZURY IN OLSZTYN
Poland
Address
Ul. M. Oczapowskiego 2
Olsztyn
COUNCIL OF THE BULGARIAN AGRICULTURAL ORGANISATIONS
Bulgaria
Address
80, Hristo Botev Bul
Sofia
STOWARZYSZENIE NAUKOWO - TECHNICZNE INZYNIEROW I TECHNIKOW ROLNICTWA
Poland
Address
Czackiego 3/5
Warszawa
BIOAZUL S.L.
Spain
Address
Avenida Juan Lopez Penalver, 21
Campanillas (Malaga)
ETA ENERGIA TRASPORTI AGRICOLTURA S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Piazza Savonarola 10
Florence