Jörgen Held, BEIC and Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen, Aalborg University were appointed to the assessment committee in relation to the PhD defense by Cristina Landt at Roskilde University.
The thesis, “Forretningsmodeller for biogas – I et cirkulært økonomisk perspektiv”, deals with the development of the Danish biogas sector and five biogas facilities using manure as co-substrate are analysed in detail in terms of ownership, business model, input and output streams, process parameters and economy.
On the 22nd of November 2018 the first COASTAL Biogas steering group meeting (SGM) took place at Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Poland.
From left: Tyge Kjaer and Michelle Hansen (RUC), Sebastian Foth (UROS), Anne Roßmann (FNR), Jörgen Held, (BEIC), Frank Scholwin, (UROS), Andrius Tamosiunas and Nerijus Striugas (LEI) and Robert Aranowski, (GUT). Jan Hupka and Iwona Kopcynska (GUT) participated in the meeting but are not present in the picture.
The meeting was opened by the project coordinator Anne Roßmann (FNR), followed by presentations of the WP leaders. The interactions between the WPs were reviewed in detail and crosslinks were elucidated. The gathering was also used to lively discuss issues, such as requirements of seaweed collection methods on beaches and in marinas, technologies for pretreatment of seaweed prior to anaerobic digestion in biogas plants and options for developing a training kit for project stakeholders. The meeting was rounded off with a study tour in the GUT biogas laboratories.
On the 27th of September, Jörgen Held visited prof. Ulrika Welander at the Linnaeus University in Växjö.
Prof. Welander has a long and impressive track record within the biogas sector. The anaerobic digestion trials within several large biogas projects, e.g. Wetland, Algae and Biogas and Biogas – New substrates from the sea were conducted by her group. The experimental facilities cover the whole range from lab scale reactors up to a half a cubic metre reactor.
Reactor and process design as well as testing new biogas substrates are the core of the activities.
Jörgen Held presented the Baltic Energy Innovation Centre and highlighted some of its project activities.
On the 26th of January Jörgen Held visited Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen, Germany to discuss possible future collaboration.
Dr. Joachim Krassowski, Dr. Ute Merrettig-Bruns and Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Jochum gave an insight into the biogas development at Fraunhofer UMSICHT including biological methanation. The meeting ended with a tour in the Power-to-gas laboratory.
From left: Jörgen Held, Baltic Energy Innovation Centre, Dipl.-Ing Oliver Jochum and Dr. Joachim Krassowski, Fraunhofer UMSICHT.