Boost Nordic Biogas

Interreg Aurora

Period: 15.12.2022 - 31.12.2026

Content: The biogas system involves many parts of society and produces several societal benefits and affects all the UN's global sustainability goals. It can contribute to sustainable waste management, sustainable food production, local cycles of nutrients, circular economy, resource efficiency, security of supply in terms of energy and food, local jobs. Northern Finland and Sweden have a long history of producing biogas of organic waste, whereas in Northern Norway implementations are just starting. This project is concerned with knowledge transfer across the border and between biogas producers and researchers. The northern region shares challenges in common, such as the cold climate and spread population. Different solutions and technologies are needed for those used in southern regions. There is also untapped potential in organic wastes in the North. After extracting biogas from the waste, digestate remains, which contains valuable nutrients. The economics of biogas production can be improved by developing commercial uses for this digestate, such as a fertiliser that is based on local, renewable resources and which increases self-sufficiency.Boost Nordic Biogas is a cross-border project, with the objective to improve the economic viability of biogas production in the Aurora region, enhance its efficiency and facilitate new installations. There is a need to improve the regions self-sufficiency regarding renewable energy and fertilizer, which biogas can contribute to. This will be achieved by enhancing the research capabilities of the target group, performing applied research, networking with established and new biogas producers, and working with the currently identified main issues. The activities consist of sharing of best practices, new business models for circularity, new processes for addressing northern challenges such as dry digestion, enhancing biogas production by R&D and uptake of new technologies, laboratory and field experiments, and dissemination of results.

Focus area: Hållbar energiteknik

Campus: Vasa Wolffskavägen 33

Financers: Interreg Aurora

Project owner: Novia

Partners: Stormossen, Biofuel region, SLU, Sintef Narvik

Project manager: Andreas Willfors

Partners: Stormossen, Biofuel region, SLU, Sintef Narvik