ALFA

Scaling up the market uptake of Renewable Energy Systems by unlocking the biogas potential of Agriculture and Livestock FArming (GA No 101075659)

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Funding Source

European Commission – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

Programme

HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility

Duration

November 2022 – October 2025 (36 months)

Total budget

1.999.982,50 €

Q-PLAN role

Project Coordinator, Exploitation Manager

Contact person(s)

Mrs Christina Balla, balla@qplan-intl.gr, Ms. Andromachi Kalaouzi, kalaouzi@qplan-intl.gr

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Description

ALFA supports at least 50 livestock farmers in 6 EU counties (IT, DK, BE, SK, EL, ES) to overcome existing barriers and viably take up biogas systems. It starts by establishing regional Hubs that analyse the local framework conditions and livestock value chains and help engage local stakeholders in co-designing our approach. Then, it enhances selected livestock farmers’ business and technical capacity by providing them with a series of demand-driven financial, business, and technical support services and organising dedicated capacity-building seminars. In parallel, it develops an Engagement Platform hosting tools that facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange among industry actors and provide credible estimations of each farm’s biogas potential, prospect profits, environmental and social impacts. Also, ALFA improves the societal acceptance of biogas facilities amongst citizens by 25% (or above) through well-tailored awareness-raising campaigns. At the same time, it triggers the development of an enabling environment for the market uptake of biogas by formulating relevant policy recommendations and widely disseminating them to more than 60 policymakers. Finally, a monitoring and evaluation framework evaluates the performance and impact of all the above, providing us with the intel required to catalyse mutual learning across regions and contribute to creating a guide for replicating our results. Therefore, is expected a power output of 30 MWel by its supported cases / projects, leading to an increased share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption in the target countries and ultimately, saving 270,000tn CO2 and 330,000tn CO2-eq from manure management per year.

Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Project management and coordination
  • Delivery of business & financial support services
  • Development of the ALFA Engagement Platform (Knowledge Center, Biogas Forum, Decision Support Tools, Atlas Map)
  • Coordination of ALFA Hubs, manager of the ALFA Hub in Greece
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project activities
  • Innovation Management
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