FOREST is funded by IEE

The FOREST Project

Attempts to reduce carbon emissions means that biomass is increasingly being used as an alternative to fossil fuels for space heating and hot water in commercial buildings. At the Centre, we took a central role in coordinating the €1.3 million FOREST project. Along with 9 other European project partners, the project focused on developing the whole of the biomass supply chain from the forest to the firebox. The project was divided into a number of work packages which aimed to:

  • Identify best practice within the industry and produce a range of tools to develop and support long term partnerships. These included model supply contracts, quality standards, a specification guide and an online training toolkit.
  • Encourage interaction between bioheat businesses across the supply chain and the regions through trade fairs and the development of business to business networks.
  • Build long term supply capacity through technical seminars and an online database coupled with bespoke support for businesses.
  • Create a comprehensive communications strategy to disseminate the project findings, to include a website, regular newsletters and a final project conference which featured as part of the 'World Sustainable Energy Day' in Austria.

The project ran for two and a half years and was funded through Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) The list of partners included:

  • Regen SW, UK
  • South West Energy Agency (SWEA), UK
  • Energikontor Sydost (ESS), Sweden
  • Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • O.Ö. Energiesparverband (ESV), Austria
  • Baltycka Agencja Poszanowania Energii SA (BAPE), Poland
  • Comitato Termotecnico Italiano (CTI), Italy
  • Tipperary Energy Agency(TEA), Ireland
  • Agencia de Provincial de la Energia de Burgos (AGENBUR) , Spain

Biomass in the South West

The Centre has been involved in a number of other biomass projects in the South West which are expected to feed into and benefit from the FOREST project. These have included a biomass resource assessment for Devon County Council and study of the supply and demand for biomass within the county. For Cornwall Council there was a programme for monitoring existing installations and tools were developed to assist in the identification of potential sites for new biomass installations.

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