Germany

In Germany, the online workshops took place for municipalities and biogas plant operators on Nov. 25th, 2021 and Nov. 29th, 2021 respectively.

Workshop for stakeholders from municipalities (25.11.21)
The workshop for municipal stakeholders and policy makers (regional associations) had the following content:

  • Introduction to the COASTAL Biogas project idea
  • Presentation of the key findings and results with focus on the general feasibility of beach management concepts
  • Presentation of resources produced in the COASTAL Biogas project – e.g. deliverables and tools, such as the trainer website
  • Presentation of international cases and then focus on national cases and possibilities
  • Discussion and feedback

The interest of the participants of the workshop “COASTAL Biogas” – Probleme bei der Strandreinigung in Potenziale verwandeln was high to find possibilities to reduce the costs for beach cleaning by value added concepts. Methods for the collection and storage of biomass were presented and jointly discussed. In addition, the participants were comprehensively informed about legal framework conditions in this context. There was a longer discussion at the end, mainly on the feasibility of the German cases and reasons for, in some cases, different regulations in different municipalities.

Workshop for biogas plant operators (29.11.21)
The workshop for municipal stakeholders and policy makers (regional associations) had the following content:

  • Introduction to the COASTAL Biogas project idea
  • Presentation of the key findings and results with focus on the properties of algae as a feedstock
  • Presentation of resources produced in the COASTAL Biogas project – e.g. deliverables and tools, such as the trainer website
  • Presentation of cases – international and regional, but with a focus on the practical implementation in Solrød since there is not a comparable case in Germany
  • Discussion and feedback

In the workshop “COASTAL Biogas” – Algen und Seegras als Substrat the focus was on the characteristics of the biomass as well as its suitability as a potential substrate in anaerobic digestion. Through the presentation of the project results, the participants were able to gain an impression of the potential of seaweed in energy recovery. Topics such as the problem of sand in the biomass and the potential of leachate as a substrate were discussed.
At the end of the workshop the discussion was short, but very productive. The main topic was how to achieve a regulatory situation in Germany as it is in Denmark.