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ERA-NET Bioenergía: Búsqueda de socios académicos e industriales de Austria, Finlandia, Alemania, Suecia y Suiza interesados en participar en un proyecto sobre cultivos energéticos en tierras marginales


Búsqueda de socios
Un equipo de investigación de una universidad polaca especializado en métodos de cultivo ecológicos y que ahorran recursos busca socios interesados en participar en un proyecto con el fin de desarrollar un método de cultivos energéticos en tierras marginales para la producción de biomasa. El equipo de investigación busca socios académicos e industriales en Austria, Finlandia, Alemania, Suecia y Suiza con experiencia en cultivos y producción de biomasa para presentar el proyecto dentro de la iniciativa ERA-NET Bioenergía. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 23 de enero de 2017 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 12 de diciembre de 2016. El proyecto tendrá una duración de 36 meses.


ERA-NET Bioenergy: academic and industrial partners from Austria, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland interested in a project of energy crops cultivation on marginal lands are sought.
A research team from a Polish university specialised in the field of environmental and resource-saving cultivation methods is looking for partners interested in a project of developing a method of crops cultivation on marginal lands for biomass production under ERA-NET Bioenergy. They are looking for industrial and academic partners from Austria, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland associated with an issue of plants cultivation and biomass production.
A team of scientists from one of Polish technical universities is engaged in researches on agricultural and energy crops: their morphology, biology and growing methods. The team is looking for potential partners (preferably the coordinator) from Austria, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland from both academic and industrial fields who are interested in issue of energy crops cultivation and biomass production on marginal lands. It has already created a partnership with a local company engaged in construction of modern biogas power plant.

One of important commitments of the EU is to combat climate changes and to increase its energy security. Bioenergy, that is energy derived from biological sources (biomass), is a key element to achieving both those goals. Due to the nature of biomass and bioenergy production, efforts in this regard are located at the intersection of agriculture, environmental and energy policies. Their result so far has been production of bioenergy mainly from wood and food crops (maize) grown on agricultural land. Undesired effect of such energy production pattern is competition between energy and food producers for the same good (food crops) and reduction of land used for food production.

In order to alleviate potential problem with food scarcity and soaring prices, the research team proposes project aiming to develop method of cultivating novel species of energy crops: Sida hermaphrodita = Virginia malve, Silphium perfoliatum = Cup plant, Miscanthus x giganteus, M. sinensis, M. sacchariflorus, Sorghum bicolor, Sudan grass, Spartina pectinate (that is grain- and fodder cultivars of Sorghum) on marginal lands for bioenergy production. The goal of the project is going to be achieved by:
a) identifying options for utilising those novel energy crops for biomass and bioenergy production,
b) investigating possibility to use marginal lands for their cultivation;
c) investigating field performance of those novel energy crops,
d) quantifying their impacts on soil parameters, and
e) developing concepts for sustainable integration of above-mentioned plant species in a crops rotation

Framework programme conditions:

The official deadline for the call: 23/01/2017, 13:00 CET at the latest.
Deadline for EoI: 12.12.2016.
Anticipated duration of the project: 36 month
Advantages and Innovations:
The project will have positive impact on environment and will enhance food and energy security. Energy crops (biomass) are considered a renewable source of energy and can be produced internally by the EU. Therefore they can substitute energy produced from imported, fossil, non-renewable energy sources (coal, oil, natural gas) and by that reduce: carbon emissions and EU energy dependence on foreign energy suppliers. But use of crops for energy production risks a food scarcity and soaring prices as a result of competition between food and energy producers for the same good. The project will contribute a solution to that problem: a method of growing crops that currently aren´t used for food production on soils that aren´t currently utilised for agriculture.
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Partners interested in a problem of energy crops cultivation on marginal lands and their further use for biomass production A prospective partner should be active in academic or industrial fields. The client is open to all types of partners, but would prefer ones that are ready to become coordinator of the project. If such isn´t found, the client declares willingness to become the coordinator.
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Two-stage submission scheme 1st stage - submission of pre-proposals
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