14 project partners participated in the project:

energieautark consulting gmbh

http://www.energieautark.at/ Founded in 2006 focusing on the implementation of energy autonomous systems (auto-supply of sytems such as houses or settlements purely by locally available renewable energy) and on according information preparation for education and training. Current focus is on preparing video and audio files.

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Department of Applied Plant Sciences und Plant Biotechnology, Institute of Agronomy and Plant Breeding (Austria)

Founded in 1872, comprising 14 departments and four service centres in Vienna, as well as a number of experimental centres around Vienna. More than 8000 students, approx. 1.300 permanent staff engaged in teaching and research. The university sees itself as a teaching and research institution that focuses on renewable resources that are a prerequisite for human existence.

Alasia New Clones (Italy)

Alasia New Clones is the international division of Alasia Franco Vivai, Europe´s leading poplar clone breeder in the area of short rotation forestry playing a leading role as well at global scale exporting its own clones for instance to P. R. China, to the US or to Chile. Core product are high yield, diseaseresistant clones (see also picture on p. 59). Genetic improvement on clones is obtained by selection and not by genetic modification. Research accounts for a large part of Alasia New Clones´total cost even though the company has not yet received funding on behalf of the EU or the Italian state. In addition to clone selling the company´s mission is to provide know-how combined with the machinery for Short Rotation Forestry poplar plantations.

Kochanska-Dubas Jolanta (Poland)

Founded in 1993, currently employing 11 persons, offering the production and wholesale-distribution of SRF cuttings having developed its own willow clones. Besides intense activities at the national market relevant exporting activities to former eastern countries such as Ukraine and Lithuania.

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry (Croatia)

http://www.sumfak.hr Most important scientific and the only educational institution in forestry and wood industry in Croatia with a high influence on the related government policy, business practices and public opinion. Besides regular student education training of forest managers and experts on park and green area management, nursery production, environmental protection, spatial planning, clone forestry and biomass production in forestry. Uni-Zagreb Logo

University of Göttingen, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Sciences, Section Agricultural Engineering (Germany)

http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/84968.html The Section Agricultural Engineering of the university has a long term goal of finding ways to offer biomass for energetic purposes sustainably without affecting food security. One option seems to be lignocellulosic biomass, such as wood from SRF. Hence SRF and the associated logistics is a major research area since the early 1990s. Uni Goettingen Logo

Kompetenzzentrum HessenRohstoffe e.V. (Germany)

http://www.HeRo-Hessen.de R&D body state-controlled by the Hessian Ministry for Environment, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection supporting research on energy crops including production and utilisation contributing to the conservation of rural areas and to the promotion of sustainable energy politics.

Punjab Agricultural University, Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources (India)

http://www.pau.edu Founded in 1962 at a time during food shortage. Key role not only in making the country self-sufficient in food grains but also enabling it to export agricultural commodities. Awarded 'First Best State Agricultural University' by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research New Delhi. Four colleges, Campus area ? 610 ha and ? 1868 ha agricultural land.

The Plantar Group (Brazil)

The Group has been involved in forestry industry since 1967 and comprises five main business activities: 1. the provision of forestry management services to a wide array of industries, such as iron and steel, pulp and paper and wood appliances in general, 2. the production of treated wood for several end-uses 3. the production of charcoal from renewable plantations, 4. the production of high-quality primary iron and 5. the origination of carbon credits, within the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM)and other schemes.

Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH (Austria)

http://www.bioenergy2020.eu With more than 50 scientists scientific backbone of Austrian biomass industry and one of Europe's leading pre-competitive R&D bodies in the area of biofuels. Major R&D fields: 1. combustion (small-scale, medium-and large-scale systems), 2. gasification, and 3. modelling and simulation covering the entire value-added chain: biofuel production incl. logistics, conditioning, energetic conversion process, ecological interrelationships as well as economic aspects. The ABC area 'combustion' has three principal fields of interest: 1. development of combustion systems 2. of CHP (combined heat and power) systems and of 3. novel solid biofuels and of the respective logistic chains. Services cover consulting & training (technical, methodological, economical, and strategic), market & feasibility studies, fuel assessment, technology monitoring. Co-operation with industry is strong with co-operating companies covering approximately 65% of the central European small-scale biomass combustion market. Test facilities with various flue gas analyzers and other equipment for full-fledged combustion experiments, e. g. including a lab-scale pellet mill, together with a modern analytical laboratory, specialized on wet-chemical analysis of fuels and ashes. Bioenergy 2020+ Logo

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology (Sweden)

http://www.slu.se/ A group of researchers at the Department of Crop Production Ecology is specialised on short rotation forestry with regard to all aspects of production and phytoremediation, e.g. abiotics, biotics, cultivation techniques, management, physiology and ecological sustainability. 20 years of research history cover various aspects of biomass growth, phytoremediation and biodiversity and have resulted in several hundred papers and reports, many of which relevant to the Benwood project. Relevant contact for the Benwood project: http://www.vpe.slu.se/weih

School of Environment and Natural Resources, Bangor University (United Kingdom)

The School (formerly School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences), is recognised as one of the leading international institutions in research and education in agroforestry, tropical forestry and forest ecology. Research interests and specialist expertise in agriculture, forestry, economics, soil sciences, wood and fibre science and applied ecology. Research mission: to provide a scientific basis for sustainable utilisation and conservation of agricultural and forest resources. Strongly interdisciplinary research with close collaboration across the land use, environmental, biological and chemical disciplines.

International Centre for Research on Agroforestry (ICRAF) (India)

Founded in 1978 – brand name 'World Agroforestry Centre'. One of the 15 food and environmental research organisations known as The Alliance of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Centres. International leader in agroforestry research and development with vast experience in partnerships in the developing world to apply research and market-driven solutions to environmental and livelihood problems. Research structured into six Global Research Projects: 1. Tree genetic resources and domestication, 2. tree-based diversification and intensification of smallholder agriculture in multifunctional landscapes, 3. Tree product markets, 4. Agroforestry for land rehabilitation, 5. Agroforestry systems for climate change adaptation and mitigation, 6. Policy options and incentive mechanisms for strengthening agroforestry. Engagement with mainstream development institutions, regional and sub-regional organisations and national research systems. Strong links with major organisations in the private sector. ICRAF has programs and offices in the following non-annex I parties to the Kyoto Protocol which therefore are eligible to the CDM project type: Nairobi (Kenya) as operating contact for the project, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Mali and P. R. China.

Beijing Forestry University, Institute of Wood-based Material Science (China)

The University is a national key university in China directly under the Ministry of Education. The university combines Agriculture, Science, Engineering, Economy, Philosophy, and Arts. It has a particularly good reputation in the discipline of Forestry, Biology and Forestry Engineering. The Institute of Wood-based Material Science was founded in 2002 and mainly undertakes the work of research, engineering and consultation of woody biomass material and energy, e.g. biomass energy from agroforestry, wood-based composite material, woody biotechnology, chemical products extracted from wood-based biomass, and wood drying technology.