Modelling of biomass utilisation for energy purpose
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- Bioforsk Fokus 
The EEA- and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism are important instruments in strengthening the scientific relations between Poland and Norway. Developing new understanding and new concepts through collaboration, knowledge exchange and dialogue based on diverse experiences are essential in managing the complex challenges we are facing on the path towards sustainable development. The co-operation between Institute of Technology and Life Sciences (previous IBMER and IMUZ) and the partner institutes IHAR, IUNG and IGIK on the one hand, and Bioforsk on the other hand, is an example where the EEA Financial Mechanism has become an operational instrument. Co-operation has been established based on the project “Modelling of biomass utilization for energy purpose”. The scope of the project, which is really in line with the overall political priorities worldwide, is to enhance the shift from non-renewable to renewable energy sources by generating knowledge on how to improve the utilization of terrestrial energy crops. This is a particular important issue in Poland, where coal constitutes a substantial part of the national energy supply. Project activities include, inter alia, field studies of various aspects linked to energy crop production and related model calculations, state-of-the-art descriptions on the status of production of energy crops in different countries, and dissemination and exchange of information through seminars and study tours in Poland, Sweden and Norway. A number of publications are expected from the project.