Sustainable and Innovative European Biogas Environment



Short Form:SEBE
Full name:Sustainable and Innovative European Biogas Environment
Area of Intervention:3.3 Supporting the Use of Renewable Energy Sources and Increasing Energy Efficiency
Duration:March 2010 - August 2013 (42 months)
Total budget:
ERDF contribution:
€ 3.002.270,30
€ 2.382.758,10

ICS Internationalisierungscenter 5 GmbH (Steiermark, AT), Scientific research centre Bistra Ptuj (Slovenija, SI), Environment Park S.p.A. - Science & Technology Park for the Environment (Piemonte, IT), Energiepark Bruck/Leitha (Niederösterreich, AT), Central Mining Institute (Slaskie, PL), Citizenship Association No Gravity (Bratislavsky, SK), Universitaet Stuttgart, Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water quality and Solid Waste Management (Baden-Württemberg, DE), Resource Management Agency (RMA) (Wien, AT), Regional Development Agency (Slaskie, PL), Research Centre on Animal Production (Emilia-Romagna, IT), ÖTGW-RCHS, Österreich-tschechische Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft (Jihovychod, CZ), Association of promotion the use of Renewables Energies (Sachsen, DE), Romanian Association for Promotion of Renewable Energy (Vest, RO), Foundation for Sustainable Environment of South Great Plain (Del-Alfold, HU), Saxon Education Company for Environmental Protection and Chemical Occupations Dresden ltd. (Sachsen, DE)

Lead partner:ICS Internationalisierungscenter 5 GmbH (Steiermark, AT)
Lead partner country:Austria
Contact person:Mr Agnes Frank
Address:Koerblergasse 117, 8020, Graz, Austria
0043 316 601 277
0043 316 601 455



SEBE - Description

Europe's current dependencies on imports of natural gas (and the willingness to delivery from its supplier states) have proven to be at valuable risk during recent years. When considering the projections of our growing energy demand during the next decades in relation to Europe's natural oil and gas resources it becomes clear that these dependencies will have tremendous pricing effects on our economies in the near future.

Decentralized energy production from renewable resources - both, through the usage of biogas as fuel originator and as basic resource for feeding into the available gas grids - hold great and currently underdeveloped potential to reduce these dependencies and further foster Europe's leadership position within this key areas of innovation. The availability of established regional gas grids in connection with new biogas -, biogas cleaning technologies and -methodologies are key elements of combining current infrastructure with new application fields to  further improve profitability of current biogas plants.

Therefore, the SEBE project aims at a coordinated further development of biogas utilization, technology and transnational competence knowledge center within the CENTRAL EUROPE programme area. Different operating environments (legal, economical and logistical, technical), shortages on qualified and specialized human resources (planning, operation, support and maintenance) as well as several regional factors (e.g. available resources, logistics, or failed biogas plants from past projects) throughout the member states in the CE area form a challenging environment to work in.



SEBE - Objectives

The proposed SEBE project will work on the support of the use of renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency as a better use of renewable energy resources can/will improve biogas utilization, the further development of technologies and alternative research paths (in open themes of natural gas grids, gas fuel stations, decentralized gas production, etc.) and the (future) joint transnational operating environments support this actions foreseen.

By using a transnational approach the project consortia establishes a common understanding of possibilities, policies and frameworks (legal, economics, finance, technical, R&D, logistics and human resources) throughout the programme area, coordinates these frameworks and research through Transnational Knowledge Management (TKM) tool, establishes guidelines  and a transnational strategy for future education and training on the biogas sector as a whole.


Expected Outputs

SEBE - Expected Result

Outcomes such as the political concept paper, action plans and strategy papers, the Transnational Knowledge Management (TKM) tool, the Competence Knowledge Centers (CKC), pilot actions in specialised research areas and feasibility studies, policy recommendations, framework descriptions for each partner country, cooperation, technology & know-how transfers, regional development consulting, draft explorations of potential research paths, specific educational programs in combination with common project dissemination tools such as project website, newsletters, national and transnational conferences, energy fairs, brochures, booklets, study results will form the sustainable core elements of the project.

Regional development based on consulting and guidelines, selected pilot actions and recommendations on policy developments for stakeholders on the transnational/national/regional level will complete the package.



SEBE - Activities

Summary of activities:

The main goal of the project was to improve and use the overall biogas operating environment in a responsible way. Striving successfully for the achievement of this aim, the project could actively contribute to Priority 3 (Using our Environment Responsible) of the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme with the help of the following activities:

1. Knowledge generation and sharing: The project started with an analysing work, whereby the biogas landscape has been examined on 2 levels (national and transnational) and in 5 aspects (legal, economic and logistical, financial, technological, educational) in 8 countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia). This unique collection of information has been also shared with the public via the established SEBEPedia (available in the Transnational Knowledge Management TKM tool under



2. Building sustainable cooperation structures: The SEBE Network, the Policy Advisory Board and the project consortium itself are all planned as long-lasting structures. But the main cooperation structure of the project is the Competence and Knowledge Center (CKC) network, currently operating in 8 participating countries but open for further regions to join.

3. Strategy planning: The partners have set a special focus on common future planning that has been fostered by elaborating a Biogas Operation Environment Paper, an Educational Strategy, an Action Plan for Transnational Biogas Technology & Research and the Future European Biogas Utilisation Action Plan (FEBAP).

4. Regional implementations: The partners have carried out 14 pilot actions focusing on awareness raising, technology development and conceptual work. These pilots are regionally focused, but transnational connections generated further added value.


The pilot actions focus on 3 main areas of interest: 4 of them deal with awareness raising (2 campaings in Poland and the Ukraine and several Traning courses in Italy and Germany, incl. educational materials); 4 deal with concept development (elaborating a feasibily study in Slovakia, concept of biogas usage and evaluation of existing biogas plants in Poland, and concept of conversion of biogas plant for grid injection in Austria), and 6 focus on biogas technology development and text runs in Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Austria).

5. Online and offline visibility: The SEBE website ( and organisation of and participation in various regional, national and transnational events have ensured the right positioning of the topic biogas on EU-level.





Pilot Actions

Pilot Actions

SEBE - Pilot Actions

Technology pre-treatment optimization for high-biogas production

The main purpose of this pilot action was to improve the biodegradability of certain types of biomass in order to significantly increase the yield of the subsequent process of production of biogas through anaerobic fermentation.

Conversion of Energiepark Bruck/Leitha (AT)

Thanks to the conversion plan, the biogas plant in Bruck/ Leitha that generates electricity, produces now highly valuable biomethane.