ENERGY BARGE Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt

The team of "Energy Barge" following the first Steering Committee meeting at Linz (February 2017)

The main objective of the project ENERGY BARGE is to exploit the potential for green energy in the form of biomass along the Danube river in a sustainable way, thereby increasing energy security and efficiency in the Danube countries, considering: 

  • the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC,
  • the EU2020 climate goals,
  • EU Danube Region Strategy’s objective.

An outstanding feature of the ENERGY BARGE project is its cross-sectoral approach: the project brings together key actors along the entire value chain, stakeholders from the bioenergy industry, Danube ports as well as relevant public authorities and policy stakeholders. This shall support transnational know-how transfer and cooperation.

ENERGY BARGE will build a platform for the exchange of experiences and best practices, extending the deployment of biomass for energy production in the Danube region.


There are 15 partners involved in the project from 7 countries:

  • 7 partners from the biomass/bioenergy sector,
  • 6 partners from the logistics sector including 5 ports,
  • 3 partners from the field of research that provide either special knowledge needed for the implementation of the project or who have special knowledge and networks in their regions.

Focus on results

An increased use of Danube logistics will help to reduce emissions, to establish a low-carbon transport system and to improve the environment performance along the entire bioenergy value chains.

The project’s promotion of ports as locations for processing, handling and storage of biomass for energy production supports port development. To map value chains and facilitate market uptake of biomass for energy production in the Danube corridor the project will put great emphasis on disseminating the results of the project specifics and findings through newsletters, articles, news and interactive social media activities.

The project in particular contributes to the implementation of the action plans elaborated in Priority Area (PA) 2 “Energy” and PA 1a “Inland Waterways” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2,323,519.65
ERDF Contribution: 1,974,991.67
IPA Contribution: 0
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve energy security and energy efficiency


As soon as the project achieves an output, it will be published in this section. Check the project webpage for more information
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Agency for Renewable Resources Lead partner Germany
BioCampus Straubing GmbH ERDF partner GERMANY
Deggendorf Institute of Technology ERDF partner GERMANY
Austrian Waterway Company ERDF partner AUSTRIA
Port of Vienna ERDF partner AUSTRIA
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Project News

  • ENERGY BARGE - Newsletter #13
    - 19-09-2018
    Newsletter #13

    The 13th newsletter of the ENERGY BARGE project has been published! In this issue, an overview on a set of regional case studies assessing the cases potential for integrated biomass and bioenergy production is provided. Special attention was...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Case study region Straubing as location for TV clip on biobased fuels
    - 14-09-2018
    Case study region Straubing as location for TV clip on biobased fuels

    Biobased fuels offer versatile options for transport and mobility, but also for agriculture and climate and they can be sourced regionally from oil seeds, straw, biogas, sewage and more. Especially within the Danube region, potentials are large....

  • ENERGY BARGE - Agricultural research and higher education serving the competitiveness of the national agriculture
    - 10-09-2018
    Agricultural research and higher education serving the competitiveness of the national agriculture

    In June 2018, ENERGY BARGE partner National Agricultural Research and Innovation Center (NARIC) signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Vitafort First Feed Production and Distribution Company and the Hungrana Starch and Isosugar...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Danube Business Talks 2018 - Register now!
    - 16-08-2018
    Danube Business Talks 2018 - Register now!

    Bioenergy meets Danube logistics! On 10 and 11 October 2018, the business platform Danube Business Talks will focus on the development of innovative logistics solutions for the European bioenergy and biomass sector. Organised by viadonau...

  • ENERGY BARGE - Newsletter #12
    - 02-08-2018
    Newsletter #12

    The 12th newsletter of the ENERGY BARGE project has been published! In this issue, the expected developments of the heat and electricity generation from biomass as well as the demand for liquid biofuels in the ENERGY BARGE partner countries...

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