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  Case Studies

Starting your own renewable energy project can seem daunting, especially if you are new to the process. In this case studies section you can hear from those who have already been through the process of incorporating renewable energy systems and learn from their experiences.




Promoting Unst Renewable Energy (PURE) project

The pioneering PURE project is situated on the windswept island of Unst, the most northerly island in the British Isles. The PURE project demonstrates how wind power and hydrogen technology can be combined to provide the energy needs for a remote rural industrial estate. It has been developed by the Unst Partnership Ltd., a community development agency established by the Unst Community Council to support local economic development and regeneration. The Unst Partnership saw the project as helping to address some of the principal needs of the community. In laying the foundations in Unst of an embryonic hydrogen economy, the PURE Project has created jobs, new business opportunities, and attracted new technical skills to the island.

Download PURE project case study (.pdf)


The Hydrogen Office

The Hydrogen Office project has been set up by the Business Partnership Ltd in Fife to support the development of the renewable, hydrogen, fuel cell and energy storage industries. The goal is to inspire people, promote opportunity, improve access to and understanding of the technology, promote sector development, facilitate research and development, and to enhance educational opportunities.

Download Hydrogen Office case study (.pdf)


Bio10 Ltd. – Anaerobic Digestion plant


Bio10 Ltd. is a company established in 2007 in North Karelia, Finland. The company has constructed an anaerobic digestion plant, which started its biogas production during the summer 2010. The main sources of raw material include separately collected and packed bio-waste, by-products of food industry, manure, sewage sludge, septic water and several biomasses. The output consists of both biogas and fertilizers. Also, landfill gas from a municipal landfill is collected. Produced biogas is used in heat and power production, and the fertilizers benefit local farmers who in contrary supply raw materials for the process (contaminated fodder etc.).


Download Bio10 Ltd. case study (.pdf)



The Model of Güssing

In September 2010 the SMALLEST partnership visited the region of Güssing in Austria to learn from the renewable energy developments which have crowned the region as a model of sustainable energy supply. During the study trip partners visited a biomass power plant in Güssing, a district heating plant combined with solar in Urbersdorf, a biogas plant in Strem, and also the Blue Chip Company specializing in the production of photovoltaic modules. The SMALLEST partners were also privileged to meet experts from the European Centre for Renewable Energy in Güssing and representatives of local communities – the Mayor of Güssing, Peter Vadasz, and the Mayor of Strem, Mr Bernhard Deutsch. To hear more about the study trip, please see below.

Download Güssing case study (.pdf)

Download Güssing an example of sustainable energy supply (.ppt)

Download Model Region Güssing (.pdf)

Watch video Güssing as a Model for Regional Economic Improvement



Upper Eskdale Development Group

The Upper Eskdale Development Group (UEDG) is a community based organisation which was set up in 2005 after the closure of a village primary school spurred the community into positive action. UEDG members bought the vacant school from the local authority and began developing it into a community Hub. As the surrounding area is densely forested,wood fuel was the obvious choice as the best option for low carbon heating of the building. Now the community are planning to offer renewable wood-powered heating to local residents, community groups and local commercial ventures, creating a local renewable source of fuel in the process.

Download UEDG case study (.pdf)



Moffat CAN

Moffat CAN is a community-run not-for-profit company and charity with 102 members, launched in May 2009. Moffat CAN was created broadly to reduce the carbon footprint of Moffat. The organisation decided to implement a renewable energy project as it seeks to take the opportunity to create an exemplar of sustainability for education and awareness purposes; to facilitate a sustainable business for the future; and to mitigate the impact that business has on carbon emissions.

Download Moffat CAN case study (.pdf)

Moffat CAN on BBC News (.http)




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