Pilot activities

Axis I: BIOMASS EXTRACTION

1.1 Assessment of the structural diversity of forest habitats

Main partner: P6 - ISPRA (Italy)

Objective
To set the know-how about current and old forest management plans and data and provide it to stakeholders.

Description
This activity will gather and analyze information about the forest management, gathering information about current and old forest management plans and data derived from scientific researches accomplished in the study areas.
Project partners develop studies in different areas, working together with partners from the same area. Private forest owners and public administrations will work together. Studies will be complementary, trying to cover all different MED forest characteristics.

Outputs and results
Database and guides on the structural diversity of MED forests.


1.2 Development of a Geo-Information System for the Potential Forestry Biomass Management

Main partner: P15 - ALGAR (Portugal)

Objective
To develop tools that support decision making processes related to forestry biomass management, especially the potential biomass production and the work planning.

Description
The pilot action is divided in to three main components

  1. Mapping of potential forestry biomass and relation to potential end-use
  2. Mapping of road infrastructure system
  3. Development of distant & cost – relation maps for biomass logistic


Outputs and results
A protocol for assessment of forest biomass potential with a common methodology.


1.3 Assessment of forest biomass production

Main partner: P9 - CRPF (France)

Objective
To develop methodology to get real and adapted data that helps to define the characteristics and needs of the process to design sustainable forest biomass production.

Description

Partners involved in this action will make an overview on existing wood biomass production chains. Selected field frails will be performed and results will be compared. Each partner developing this action will perform activities in private and public parcels (preferably owned by local councils in order to involve these key actors). In both cases forest production of forest management planes should exist, in order to use these plans as guidelines in the biomass production. Work will be developed in a coordinated or joint way in different areas depending on current data available in the different partner areas. Local stakeholders will participate in this action.

Outputs and results
Expected results will be information that allows solving the doubts and taking the decisions needed when setting a biomass production plan.
 

1.4 Assessment of the environmental impact of forest biomass harvesting or extraction

Main partner: P14 - CICAE (Portugal)

Objective
To demonstrate forest managers how to assess environmental impact of the biomass harvesting or extraction

Description
This action will consists on the analysis of the current forest works (or new designed actions) providing biomass for energy. It will be developed in different areas, in a coordinated or joint way in different areas depending on current data available in the different partner areas. Local stakeholders will participate in this action.

Outputs and results
A protocol to assess best practices for biomass extraction as well as to assess overall figures of the harvesting practice in terms of nature conservation, setting the sustainability levels of biomass harvesting/extract ion in the Mediterranean forests.


1.5 Development of a system of traceability of the biomass

Main partner: P7 - FLA (Italy)

Objective
To develop protocols to assess and improves quality in the biomass value chain.

Description
This action will consist of the definition of a protocol of reference (following CEN 15234: Solid biofuels – Fuel quality assurance, EU biofuel sustainability policy and independent certification schemes (like FSC or PEFC)) that will enable to trace the origin of wood biomass. Special emphasis will be given on wood biomass quality assurance and quality control as a mean for chain of custody implementation. It will be developed in different areas, in a coordinated or joint way in different areas depending on current data available in the different partner areas.

Outputs and results
The output is a methodology for developing quality aspects in the forest biomass value chain. Expected results are:

  • To ensure traceability at the source.
  • The observance of good practices of sustainable forest management.
  • The compliance with quality and quantitative requirements applicable to the final product.

 

1.6 Demonstration plots with short rotation energy plantations

Main partner: P2 - GOV (Spain)

Objective
To analyse short rotation energy plantations as additional wood biomass resource.

Description
In selected region demonstration plots will be selected. The activities include:

  • Quantification of growth and wood volume.
  • Identification of silvicultural systems, frameworks for planting, irrigation, subscribers.
  • Estimation of CO2 fixed and biomass produced.
  • Monitor the impact of energy plantations on biodiversity.

It will be developed in different areas, in a coordinated or joint way depending on current data available in the different partner areas. Local stakeholders will participate in this action.

Outputs and results
The main output will be the testing and demonstration of alternative forest biomass production practices that can complement traditional forest management in some areas. The pilot actions will demonstrate the suitability of this activity in the different MED areas.
 

1.7 Development of forest biomass management plans

Main partner: LP - DGMA (Spain)

Objective
To apply previous pilot actions and integrate them in a sustainable forest management plan.

Description
The final stage of the work in this axis is the setting and pre-test of forest biomass management plans, developed in public and private forests and based in the current knowledge and the work developed. It will go through the analyses of biomass chain in each site; analyses of the main regulatory barriers for the market development; analyses of the main financial instruments in the territory; evaluation and optimization of biomass chain to guarantee the sustainability criteria; analyses of different type of the bodies involved into the project. It will be developed in different areas, in a coordinated or joint depending on current data available.

Outputs and results
A forest management plan developed as technical guidelines with different approaches and solutions offered in order to make them transferable and applicable in the whole MED area.


Axis II: BIOMASS POWER PLANTS: SUPPLY AND FEASIBILITY

2.1 Preparation of pre-feasibility projects of a small or medium size biomass plant or district heating/cooling system – a case of energy contracting - pilot biomass co-firing in existing power plants

Main partner: P18 - WEST MAC (Greece)

Objective
To present energy contracting model in Mediterranean regions and encourage potential investors to implement energy contracting.

To co-fire at pilot scale forest biomass in power station operating with fossil fuel (i.e. lignite)


Description
Participating project partners will select local communities with already developed supply side and prepare a pre-feasibility study for a small or medium size biomass plant or district heating/cooling system. A special emphasis will be given on implementation of energy contracting model.
Pre-feasibility study will cover economical, environmental and technical aspects. It will be developed in different areas, in a coordinated or joint way depending on current data available in the different partner areas. Local stakeholders will participate in this action.

Additionally, pilot co-firing of forest biomass with lignite in existing power plant will take place. This sub-pilot action will demonstrate the degree of potential of large power units to act as significant potential end-users of biomass, while it will also provide a preliminary evaluation of the viability of such an effort, especially in connection with the pre-feasibility study for a small or medium size biomass plant or district heating/cooling system, in the framework of the establishment of a smart grid in a Region.


Outputs and results
This action will promote small regional energy contracting models where economical operations can be easily integrated into the existing infrastructure and have different positive socio-economic impacts on rural development (new income on farms, new job creation, energy independence...). Special emphasis will be given to public bodies, local communities and policy makers to raise awareness about possibilities of wood biomass use in public building.

At the same time, the relation between big power plants and smaller power units will be described, in view of establishing a smart grid at regional level.

 

2.2 Presentation of existing good practice examples of forest biomass use

Main partner: P9 - CRPF (France)

Objective
To transfer existing good practices in forest biomass use to all project partner countries or regions.

Good practices example will be selected and adapted to different forest conditions. The result will be a folder with selected best practice examples which will be used for promotion and can be used also after the project period. Each best practice example will be described on one sheet consider the key data – documents will be available also on web page. With this information specific transfer and communication activities will be developed. It will be carried out in different areas, in a coordinated or joint way in different areas depending on current data available in the different partner areas. Local stakeholders will participate in this action.

Outputs and results
A guide on best practices with technical practical information and examples and communication and dissemination activities.

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