ENERGY BARGE - Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt

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ENERGY BARGE - Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt

Posted by , Monday, 11th September 2017 @ 11:54 am

Basic  project  data 

Project ID: PA1A118
Project website:


Need  and  added  value  for  the  Danube  Region  Strategy

  • Foster the energy security and energy efficiency of the Danube region by supporting the development of joint regional storage and distribution solutions as well as strategies for increasing renewable energy usage
  • Intensify the transnational cooperation among key actors in biomass supply chains including stakeholders from the agricultural sector, the biomass industry and logistics service providers
  • Support the development of a better connected, interoperable and environmentally-friendly inland waterway transport system for the supply of different raw materials, intermediates and end products relevant for the bioenergy industry
  • Position Danube ports as hubs for the processing and handling of biomass and strengthen their capability to connect with stakeholders along the bioenergy value chains
  • Improve integrated practical solutions and policies to further develop secure and efficient supply chains of bioenergy feedstocks in the Danube region


The overall objective of ENERGY BARGE was to foster sustainable usage of biomass for energy production in the Danube Region and to increase the share of environmentally-friendly biomass transports on the Danube. Through the assessment of biomass potentials and by bringing together relevant market actors along the value chain, the project contributed to achieving the renewable energy targets of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and to increasing energy security by providing regional solutions for energy use.                                               

Concluded  project  activities

  • Survey the biomass availability and potential as well as the business landscape in the participating Danube countries
  • Analysis of logistics requirements and support of a modal shift towards Danube logistics
  • Implementation of pilot actions in Danube ports based oncooperation with regional biomass producers and suppliers
  • Transfer of gained results and know-how among relevant stakeholders across the EU and elaboration of strategies for better integrated policies and practical solutions to further develop biomass exploitation and bioenergy production along the Danube

Transboundary  impact

The project consortium included partners from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and international associations.

ENERGY BARGE for the first time aimed at exploiting the synergies between the bioenergy industry and the Danube logistics sector on a transnational level. It built on national initiatives existing on the Upper Danube and transferred know-how and experience along the whole Danube corridor.

Project  beneficiaries  /  target  groups

  • Stakeholders from the bioenergy industry
  • Supply chain managers
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry Representations
  • Port and terminal operators
  • Shipping companies and ship brokers
  • Forwarding companies
  • Other logistics service providers

status  and  timeframe

Start date: 01.01.2017
End date: 30.06.2019
The project is already concluded.


Total budget:  2,323,519.65 EUR
EU funds: 1,974,991.67 EUR (European Regional Development Fund)
funded by the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) 2014 - 2020 
National funds: 348,527.98 EUR

Project  team

Project leader: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (Agency for Renewable Resources) - FNR / Germany
Address: Hofplatz 1, 18276 Gülzow-Prüzen / Germany
Contact person: Thies Fellenberg (Agency for Renewable Resources - FNR)
Contact data:; +49 3843 6930-251

Project partners:

  • BioCampus Straubing GmbH – Donauhafen Straubing-Sand (Port of Straubing-Sand)/Germany
  • Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (Deggendorf Institute of Technology)/Germany
  • BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbH/Austria
  • via donau - Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH (Austrian Waterway Company)/Austria
  • Wiener Hafen und Lager Ausbau- und Vermögensverwaltung, GmbH & Co KG (Port of Vienna)/Austria
  • International Centre for Applied Research and Sustainable Technology -ICARST/Slovakia
  • MAHART-Freeport Co. Ltd
  • Slovenská plavba a prístavy a.s.(Slovak Shipping and Ports)/Slovakia
  • National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre - NARIC/Hungary
  • Bajai OKK Kft. (Baja Public Port Ltd.)/Hungary
  • University of Zagreb - SDEWES Centre/Croatia
  • Lučka uprava Vukovar (Port Authority Vukovar)/Croatia
  • Technology Center Sofia GmbH/Bulgaria
  • Asociația Română Biomasă și Biogaz (Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas) - ARBIO/Romania
  • Federation of owners of forests and grasslands in Romania

Project  environment

Project  Cross - Reference

  • INWAPO - Upgrading of Inland Waterways and Sea Ports (PA1A060)
  • DaHar - Danube Inland Harbour Development (PA1A059)
  • Fostering the sustainable usage of renewable energy sources in Central Europe - putting biomass into action (4Biomass)
  • The Baltic Sea Region Bioenergy Promotion Project (Bioenergy Promotion & Bioenergy Promotion 2)
  • BERST - BioEconomy Regional Strategy Toolkit

Strategic  reference

  • European Action Programme for Inland Waterways Transport (NAIADES II)
  • Europe 2020-Strategy of the European Commission
  • EU Strategy for the Danube Region
  • European Commission’s Biomass Action Plan (2005)
  • Biomass Action Plan for the Danube Area as part of the EUSDR and the European Energy Security Strategy (SWD(2014)330final)
  • National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAP)

Relevant  legislation

  • A Roadmap for Moving To a Competitive Low Carbon Economy in 2050 (COM(2011)112 final))
  • Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC)

Eusdr  embedding

eusdr  compliance


Meta  data

Data provided by: Senta Schmatzberger (Agency for Renewable Resources – FNR, Germany) - 28.10.2015

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