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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 an organic fertiliser.

Invitation to 3rd 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 third conference will take place 27 May in Neringa, Lithuania and the study tour the following day. 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.

Socio-economic benefits

When cast seaweed is co-digested and the digestate is used as an organic fertiliser several socio-economic benefits are obtained, e.g.

  • Reduced eutrophication since nutrients are physically removed from the Baltic Sea
  • Production of biogas and organic fertilisers
  • Clean beaches, less odour and improved water quality
  • Local development and new job opportunities
  • Closing of the nutrients cycle
  • Increased value of coastal properties
  • Green profile and the first step towards the circular bio-economy

3rd SGM in Roskilde

On the 12th of November 2019 the third steering group meeting (SGM) took place in Roskilde, Denmark. The ongoing and planned activities were discussed in detail by the consortium. Among others the results of the lab scale anaerobic digestion tests were presented.

The COASTAL Biogas consortium. Photo: Sebastian Foth

Highlights from Roskilde

The 2nd COASTAL Biogas conference took place on the 13th of November at Roskilde University, Denmark, followed by the study tour to Solrød Biogas plant on the 14th of November.
45 conference participants enjoyed the HELCOM 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.

Susanna Kaasinen, HELCOM 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.

Bruno Sander Nielsen, Danish Biogas Association, Bernhard Drosg, IEA Bioenergy, Harm Grobrügge, European Biogas Association and Susanna Kaasinen, HELCOM participated in the panel debate.

Get to know the project partners

Project partner

Baltic Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC) is a non-profit research institute providing a platform for international collaboration related to innovative renewable energy in general and renewable methane in particular. It was founded by Renewtec AB, Lithuanian Energy Institute and Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy. The office is in Lund, Sweden. In the COASTAL Biogas project BEIC is responsible for the communication and dissemination activities. For more info about BEIC and its 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

Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year

The COASTAL Biogas project partners wish you A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. 

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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