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Welcome to the COASTAL Biogas Newsletter

COASTAL Biogas is an Interreg South Baltic Programme project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and coordinated by FNR, Germany. The project focusses on the removal of nutrients from the Baltic Sea by collecting cast seaweed to counteract eutrophication. The collected seaweed will be used as co-substrate in anaerobic digestion and the digestate as a bio-fertiliser.

Invitation to 2nd COASTAL Biogas conference and study tour

Within the project five conferences combined with study tours will be organised, one in each participating country, (SE, DK, LT, DE and PL). The second conference will take place 13 Nov 2019 in Roskilde, DK and the study tour goes to Solrød Biogas plant on 14 Nov. Do not miss the opportunity to connect to representatives from research institutions, political organisations and coastal municipalities who share the interest in the potentials and challenges regarding cast seaweed and biogas production. For information on programme and registration please visit:
We look forward to welcome you there.

Solrød biogas plant

Cast seaweed is co-digested in industrial scale at Solrød biogas facility. There are several socio-economic benefits in using cast seaweed as a substrate for anaerobic digestion. Besides mitigating eutrophication, the inconveniences with rotten seaweed on the beaches are eliminated, a high quality fuel (biogas) is produced, the digestate can replace synthetic fertilisers, job opportunities are created and a step towards the circular bio-economy is taken.
The Solrød biogas plant has an annual capacity of 220,000 tons of substrate.However, the facility will soon be expanded with a new fermenter and the capacity increased. 


There are several ongoing Interreg projects related to seaweed in the Baltic Sea region such as CONTRA (Conversion of a Nuisance To a Resource and Asset) and GRASS (Growing Algae Sustainably in the Baltic Sea). COASTAL Biogas has the ambition to stimulate the collaboration and exchange of knowledge, results and experiences between these projects and COASTAL Biogas. The projects have similar target groups and by cooperation the impact and outcome of the projects are enhanced.

As a first step representatives for CONTRA and GRASS are invited as speakers to the COASTAL Biogas conference series.

2nd SGM in Malmö

On the 7th of May 2019 the second steering group meeting (SGM) took place in Malmö, Sweden. The ongoing and planned activities were discussed in detail by the consortium. Among others the lab scale test matrix for anaerobic digestion including pre-treatment options (milling, dilute acid and mild alkali) was presented. (To the right the COASTAL Biogas consortium).

1st COASTAL Biogas Conference and Study tour

The 1st COASTAL Biogas conference took place on the 8th of May at Radisson BLU in Malmö, Sweden, followed by the study tour to Jordberga Biogas plant on the 9th of May.
40 conference participants enjoyed a keynote speech on the status of the Baltic Sea, six technical presentations and three policy presentations. A panel debate at the end of the conference gave room for questions and answers and further discussion.
The presentations are available online at

A short summary of the conference and the study tour is available here.

Dr. Ann-Marie Camper, Marint Centrum Simrishamn gave a keynote speech on the status of the Baltic Sea. It's clear that actions are urgently needed to improve the situation with regards to eutrophication.

Prof. William Hogland, Linnaeus University, Ann-Marie Camper, Anders Mathiasson, European Biogas Association and Bjørn Tore Erdal, Nordic Council of Ministers participated in the panel debate.

Get to know the project partners

Project partner

Gdansk University of Technology (GUT) is one of the oldest universities and the oldest technical university in Poland. It has 9 faculties which educate about 18 000 students that become highly qualified engineers. GUT is known from propagating pro-quality attitudes and ensuring the coherence of education and research that is carried out in a number of projects from various fields of science, socio-economic and education. For more info about GUT and its EU projects:

Associated Partners

- Biogas Syd

- Samsø Municipality

- Neringa Municipality

- Władysławowo Municipality

- Bigadan

- Wastewater Treatment Plant in Swarzewo

- Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy

- European Biogas Association

- German Biogas Association

- Innovation and Education Centre, IBZ

- InterCenter GmbH

The contents of this Newsletter are the sole responsibility of the author/s and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the Managing Authority or the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020.

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