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"Energetic" start for MicrE project


MicrE project, which was started in January 2009, has proceeded with firm steps during the autumn of 2009. A project meeting was organised in in Oulu in September, which gathered all the project partners together, all the way from the British Isles, and from adjacent areas, from Umeĺ and Joensuu. The implementation plan of the project was discussed during these meetings, but the visit to Oulu provided an opportunity for the guests to get acquintated with the energy reseacrh carried out at the University of Oulu

University of Oulu is in charge of a one of the work package of this 3-year long project. The aim of this work package is to study the suitability of different energy producing technologies for the SME's operating in rural areas. Such technologies are sought, which can be used by the rural SME's to transform the waste streams into energy. A comprehensive study about the different energy production technologies has been completed, and the experimental part of the work package has began. In these laboratory experiments, which are carried out in the laboratories of the process and environmental technology, the suitability of these technologies for SME's is put into test. These experiments will continue until the end of 2010.

A combined project meeting of the MicrE and SMALLEST projects was organised in Limavady in Northern Ireland during January 2010. The meeting agreed on deepening the cooperation between the two projects by setting up a new common technology team. Eva Pongrácz and Auli Turkki were also there on behalf of NorTech Oulu and University of Oulu.

Which of the different energy production technologies can be used in SME's, which are located in sparsely populated rural areas? Which can be implemented on small scale, which are also financially feasible? The laboratory studies will provide answers for these questions, and the results of the experiments will be disseminated to rural enterprises throughout the whole programme area of the Northern Periphery Programme. With this inforamtion the rural SME's can make decisions on how to transform waste problems into energy solutions.

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