- UAB “Pageldyniu plantacija” – coordintaing partner
UAB “Pageldynių plantacija” is a private SME, which was established in 2010 to invest in biomass plantation establishment and management activities. Initially “Pageldynių plantacija” invested in hybrid aspen forest plantations (84 ha established in 2010) and since 2015 started investments into medium-term poplar plantations. Today “Pageldynių plantacija” is one of the leading biomass plantation managers in Lithuania. “Pageldynių plantacija” owns 400 ha of newly established hybrid aspen and poplar plantations. In 2016 “Pageldynių plantacija” made investment to provide eco-services – to start recycling of nutrient rich waste in biomass plantations.
- UAB “Vilniaus vandenys” – municipal water supply and sewage treatment plant
UAB “Vilniaus vandenys” is the largest water supply company in Lithuania and operates water supply and wastewater networks in Vilnius City, Šalčininkai, Švenčionys and Vilnius District. The Company provides water supply and wastewater collection and treatment services for about 250 thousand consumers. The Company supplies 87 thousand m3 water per day and collects and treats approximately 105 thousand m3 waste water per day. The total length of water pipelines is 1667 km, and the length of waste water pipelines amounts to 1313 km. Drinking water quality is monitored by the Drinking Water Laboratory, while monitoring of the treated waste water quality is carried out by the Waste Water Laboratory.
The shareholders of “Vilniaus vandenys” are Vilnius City Municipality (90%) and Municipalities of Vilnius, Šalčininkai and Švenčionys Districts.
In 2008 - 2013 UAB “Vilniaus vandenys” implemented 50 million EUR investment project, partially co- funded by EU Cohesion fund, during which one of the most advanced in the EU municipal sewage treatment plants was installed. The scope of the project included sludge thickening, digestion, sludge dewatering and low-temperature drying as well as the utilization of the produced biogas in a combined heat and power plants. By the introduction of a thermal hydrolysis plant, the highly efficient sludge treatment facility ensures a pasteurized and stench free final bio-solids product, perfectly suitable for fertilization. After modernization of wastewater treatment plant the company produces annually 30,000 t of municipal wastewater treatment sludge digestate (30% dry matter content) which further can be converted into 9000 t / year of dried municipal wastewater treatment sludge digestate as bio-solid fertilizer. The company produces appr. 25% of total country’s produced municipal wastewater treatment sludge.
- UAB “Kirtimų katilinė” – private biomass boiler (20MW) in Vilnius city
UAB “Kirtimų katilinė” is a private “E energija group” company, which operates biomass boiler (19,2MW) in Vilnius city to supply heat to municipal district heating network.
The new modern biomass boiler house in Vilnius was commissioned in 2015. It consists of two 8MW biomass boilers each and economizer of 3,2MW, totaling 19,2 MW for the whole biomass boiler house. The investment into new boiler house totaled 7 million EUR and 1,7 million EUR was financed from EU Cohesion Fund.
The biomass boiler house of “Kirtimų katilinė” supplies heat to district heating network of Vilnius city: in 2015 it supplied 66,3 GWh, in 2016 - 95,1 GWh, in 2017 - 113 GWh. The boiler house of PE in Vilnius city consumes appr. 7867 t.o.e. (in 2016) of biomass per year for renewable energy production.
- Agrochemical research center of Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
The Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry is a State research institute operating as a budgetary institution. The Centre’s strategic objective is to conduct R&D in the fields of agronomy, forestry, as well as related fields of ecology and environmental sciences, biology, biophysics, botany and zoology. Research, various scientific programs and projects are carried out at the Centre. Researchers are involved in national and international projects.
Agreochemical Research Center, the branch Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, will take part in the project activities. Agreochemical Research Laboratory is the leading national certified laboratory, providing laboratory analysis for soil, plant, fodder, food, drinking water, waste, ash, sewage, fuel tests; air filter, mineral and organic fertilisers, soil improvers, plant protection products quality tests. Agreochemical Research Laboratory is also involved in numerous state funded long-term research programs and activities.
- Forest and Land Owners Association of Lithuania
Forest and Land Owners Association of Lithuania (LMSA) is the national organization representing interest of family forest owners. Mission of LMSA - to unite Lithuanian private forest owner and private forestry organizations into a self-sufficient association, which represents members of the association and protects their legitimate interest.
LMSA represents the interests of family forest owners at the national and international levels, and after more than 20 years of activity has grown into a social organization, uniting over 6500 members. Accepted as a member of the Confederation of European Forester Owners (CEPF), European Landowners Organization (ELO), International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA).
- Swedish university of agricultural sciences
Swedish university of agricultural sciences (SLU) belongs to the world top ten research and educational institutions in plant and animal sciences (Center for World University Ranking, CWUR). The contribution in this project will be made by the departments of Ecology and Crop Production Ecology. The involved research group at the Ecology department works with ecosystem processes developing new and innovative crop production systems that will increase the efficiency of fertilizers and decrease leakage to the environment. The research group has been working with projects related to modelling of C-balance and LCA analysis in Europe and Africa. The effects of cropping, fertilization, climate, forest management and many other factors are currently being in relation to carbon balance and storage in agricultural and forest ecosystems in a number of ongoing national and international projects (http://www.slu.se/institutioner/ekologi/forskning/teman1/ekosystemtjanster-och- processer)
The Short rotation Forestry group from the Department of Crop Production Ecology will be involved in modelling of biomass growth, LCA, demonstration activities and workshop organization. The group has four decades of experience in the development of short rotation willow coppice system and is involved in many national and international projects related to poplar breeding, and development of growing system based on fast growing tree species. The group has also been involved in the work on environmental applications for fast growing trees with focus on sludge and ash recycling to willow plantations, as well as, fertigation of willow using various kinds of landfill leachates and waste waters. During the recent years the focus was on the climate adaptation of poplars in the Nordic-Baltic region (http://www.slu.se/institutioner/vaxtproduktionsekologi/forskning1/kulturvaxternas-fysiologi/ ).