eWOOD Aim

The main goal of this 3-year project was to plan a new joint/double degree Master programme, Master of Wood Energy (eWOOD), for educating experts for wood energy production, trade, transportation and usage within EU and globally.


EU has set very challenging aims for the near future (2020) to replace the fossil fuels with renewable energy. In many EU countries, the forests are a remarkable source of renewable energy. Wood energy has developed there as an important export product. Correspondingly, there are several EU countries where the resources of renewable energy are limited. For these reasons the international trade of wood energy is increasing. The technologies for wood energy production, transport and use are developing very fast both within and outside EU. Increasing numbers of experts, who know the newest technology and rules of the international trade as well as environmental aspects, are needed. Starting the international education of wood energy professionals is the best way to meet the future challenges. Our consortium consists of five most outstanding higher educational institutes and bioenergy research organizations from different sides of Europe. Several wood energy enterprises and public actors of the sector support the consortium as associate partners.

 

Wood energy is considered in this connection to cover all wood-based fuels: round wood, branches and needles, roots and stumps, bark, wood chips, wood pellets, black liqueur (lignin) and other by-products of wood industries as well as wood-based gases and liquids.

 

The planned new master programme will be based on B.Sc. or equivalent studies, primarily of forestry or other biosciences. The 2-year programme consists of the following studies:

 

- silvicultural methods and forest management systems for energy wood production

- harvesting, measurement, transport, drying and refining of energy wood

- production of heating energy and electricity in wood energy based heating and power plants

- wood energy trade, customs regulations, legislation within and outside EU

- wood energy economy: profitability, public support etc.

- environmental issues concerning the production, transport and use of wood energy

- a thesis of some wood energy related topic

- training periods (internships) in the student’s home country and abroad

 

Special attention is paid to the building of an innovative programme. The students shall have an innovative approach to their work as well as creative/innovative way of thinking. The contents of the curriculum is built on the newest wood energy field innovations from Europe and elsewhere. Innovative teaching methods will be applied both in the HEIs and organizations giving training jobs. The consortium is going to build strong connections between research and education.

 

During the 3-year planning project, the consortium has produced:

- a complete and detailed curriculum for the master programme (courses, training periods, thesis, degree requirements etc.)

- a plan for the division of tasks between consortium members and other institutions for the implementation phase of the program

- preparations needed for the implementation of joint / double degree master programme

- piloting activities

- funding plan for the implementation phase

- a plan for dissemination and exploitation of the project results (these measures have been started already during the project)

 




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