Work Package 3: Improvement of the raw material supply to biodiesel plants
One of the objectives of the WP 3 is to analysis the current situation with raw material in the Biodiesel supply chain. Nowadays, there are several biodiesel plants in the participating regions, but it is difficult to supply them with raw material, because farmers do not cultivate enough energy crops yet. On the other hand, another main purpose of this WP is to create a new market in the agricultural sector by means of training and informing farmers about the advantages of cultivating energy crops in their fields. The WP 3 will be concluded with an analysis of current networks to collect waste cooking oil, other feedstock to produce biodiesel, in participating regions to detect their weak points.
Task 3.0 Comparative study. The comparative study of the current cultivation practices and different energy crops will be based on the previous extensive data recollection and studies, this study will be done by the participating universities and subcontracted in Burgos , Avila and Huelva . This comparative study should make known the current arable area dedicated to energy crops and the most suitable crops and ways to cultivation in accordance with geographic and weather conditions in the participating regions.
Task 3.1 Training courses for farmers. This course will intend to provide farmers with the best techniques to increase the performance of their crops and types of suitable crops depending on the area. Farmers will follow a practical and theoretical sessions (total 20 hours). The courses will stress sunflower and rape-seed oil production.
This task includes the following sub-tasks:
Preparing the didactic material.
Carry out the courses in the five participating areas: Ávila, Burgos and Huelva ( Spain ), Abruzzo ( Italy ) and Pomurje ( Slovenia ).
In Burgos , an Info Day will take place about energy crops aimed at farmers and other target groups, explaining them the economic and environmental advantages of cultivating this kind of crops. Partners from the other four countries will explain their experiences in this meeting. Other issues regarding the biodiesel will be dealt as well on this day.
Distribution of the Guide of best practices not only in the participating countries but in three new members or candidate countries in their mother tongue. The organizations that will collaborate on this tasks will be:
Energy Agency of Zagreb , Croatia
Harguita Energy Agency , Romania
The Regional Environmental Center , Slovakia
Task 3.2 Analysis the waste oil collection network. The purpose of this task is to understand the main weaknesses in the existing collection networks in participating regions, analyzing the best practices to be implemented in other countries.
Outcome of this work package:
Analysing the different cultivation methods and different crops to produce biodiesel in participating regions, and the waste oil collection network, the two main feedstocks to obtain biodiesel.
Resolution of the last detected barriers on the local level and effective closure of the current labour market gap with respect to the farmers. In addition, longer term results will be the positive increase in the number of the job posts and the creation of the favourable conditions to stimulate the further growth of the biodiesel production and consumption on the local level along with the associated services.