The ‘Pomeranian Biogas Model’ Project (acronym: ‘POM-BIOGAS’) is a small collaborative project funded from the Norway Grants within the framework of the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, operated by the National Centre for Research and Development.

The core activity focuses on the investigation of possibilities of the organic fraction of municipal and industrial waste utilization for renewable energy (biogas) production.
These concepts are not innovatively new, however, since it is not yet widely used in Poland due to a number of economic, social and technical barriers, it has been recognized that it is an imperative to investigate the possibilities of its wider utilization in the light of the numerous environmental constraints that humankind is currently facing.

At the same time the project addresses the issue of waste volume reduction, by its employment as biogas production substrate. Its positive impact in the reduction of methane emissions through the use of this gas for energy production must not be neglected. In this light, the project seeks to analyse the best possible solutions for the effective organic waste management towards reuse of energy, with regard to the environmental, social and economic perspectives.
Main project objectives include:
  • optimisation of the substrate composition to achieve highest quality of the biogas,
  • optimisation of the biogas production process at the pilot installation and
  • determination of the best possible uses for the biogas and digestate.
The above tasks are grouped into four Work Packages and assigned to proper Work Leaders who’s extensive knowledge and experience acts as a warranty for the quality of results. Final results may act as an inspiration for verification of the communal waste management plans and popularization of biogas plants utilizing organic waste for the substrate.

Implementation period: 1st July 2013 – 30th October 2016 (36 months + 3)
Total budget: 987’024 EUR

Consortium consists of four project Partners: Gdańsk University of Technology, The Fluid-Flow Machinery Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences, Aquateam COWI AS Norway and InnoBaltica Sp. z o.o. (Project Promoter).

The Principal Investigator of the project is:
Professor Jan Hupka

Gdańsk University of Technology
Faculty of Chemistry
11/12 Narutowicza Street
80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
Phone: (+48 58) 347-17-92
The Project Manager is:
Katarzyna Dembowska
InnoBaltica Sp. z o.o.
Trzy Lipy Street no. 3
80-172 Gdańsk, Poland
Phone: (+48) 603-208-338