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Chapter 03 – Pilot investments

In some of the participating locations it was possible to carry out pilot investments. This chapter contains download documents with a short description of the pilot projects, the implementation reports of these investments, and a set of quality and evaluation criteria set up to assess the pilot investments. Five 5 pilot projects have been enabled through ERDF funding in the framework of the PEA project.

PP15 Kraslava carried out a pilot implementation concerned with energy efficiency measures in a complete local and regional context with CO2 locking locally produced hemp fibre. The pilot project demonstrated not only the advantage of this innovative material but also the benefit from the regional network along the supply chain. The experiences and results from building and running this network stand as an example how to tackle energy efficiency issues in a remote rural area using the triplehelix approach. It provides also opportunity for public awareness rising and will contribute to a wider use of this material all over BSR region. You can download the documentation of the Kraslava pilot project here:

Report on pilot project Kraslava

Partners in Lithuania installed solar collectors to produce hot water and/or heating energy. Different model implementations in the regions of Ignalina and Visaginas show different effects and uses of solar energy in remote areas. This has financial as well as social effects that will be analysed and evaluated. A continuous documentation and awareness-raising events will accompany the pilot projects in this region in order to inform a broader public about the advantages of solar energy use. The pilots can serve as a model for similar remote regions around the BSR and provide experience input for all other partners. You can download the documentation of the Lithuanian pilot projects by using the following links:

Report on pilot project Ignalina

Report on pilot project Visaginas

The Polish partner from AGH (PP 17) developed a conceptual design of the heat and power system for public utility building based on various renewable energy sources. The objective of the project was to elaborate the configuration of renewable energy sources to be implemented in public utility building to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and grid electricity. Various sources have been discussed considering local resources and limitations as well as calculated amount of energy production and costs. Together with the municipality of Niepolomice (PP18) AGH built a small scale renewable energy pilot system will be installed in a public building (appr. 150 m²). The installation is configured to provide thermal and electrical energy during day (PVT panels) and night (hydrogen cell). Part of the electricity produced at day time will be consumed by electrolyser to generate hydrogen and store it in the tank. At night, the hydrogen cell will use stored fuel to generateheat and electric power. The pilot installation will give the opportunity to examine economical, ecological and social results of renewable energy sources utilization instead of fossil fuels in the building of popular size, located in small town. Data on costs and savings are recorded and analyzed as well as users‘ opinions and impacts on local population. Compact structure of the pilot system and it‘s relatively low cost allow replication in various regions. Comparison of exploitation data and opinions shows possibilities of further implementations in regional strategies. You can download the documentation of this Polish pilot project here:

Report on pilot project Niepolomice

In Ylivieska (Finnland) a new type of wood chip gasifier has been developed and installed. Ylivieska subregion is one of the leading bioenergy producers in Finland. Wood energy resources provide the most important potential for the region to increase renewable energy production and usage. Regional elementary schools are typical examples of heating oil users in the region, because most of those are located in the villages without district heating availability. This investment will be a part of the planned regional program of renewing heating systems in municipal buildings outside the district heating network. Demonstration investment “wood chip gasifier” has been realized in a local school (Ylivieska, Vähäkangas village) to replace oil heating. The demonstration investment provides a proof-of-concept case for strategic future investments to municipality-owned buildings in rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region. It will also decrease amount of greenhouse gas emissions and increase local renewable energy production. Demonstration investment and a public energy program based on that will be a key result for PEA project in Ylivieska subregion. You can download the documentation of this pilot project here:

Report on pilot project Ylivieska

Due to specifics of the BSR INTERREG IV B programme the pilot investments had to be fixed in forehand during the set-up of the project application. Therefore the investments could not be deducted from the regional energy strategies which have been developed later during the project. For this reason a set of quality and evaluation criteria had been set up during the project to assess the pilot investments. This document was thought to reflect the investment carried out beyond the background of the local needs. It has been considered by those partners who carried out pilot projects for writing the investment documentation. You can download this document here:

Evaluation Criteria for pilot investments