REMOTE has partners in Finland, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, and from Norway

  • Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla (until 2014), Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke (from 2015)(Finland)                                                                                                                                     
  • Joensuu Science Park Ltd. (Finland)                                                
  • Karelia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)                                 
  • Inverness College, UHI (Scotland)                                                        
  • Ryan Institute, NUI Galway (Ireland)                                             
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU (Sweden) 
  • County Governor of Hordaland (Norway)


FINNISH FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, Metla (until 2014), NATURAL RESOURCES INSTITUTE FINLAND, Luke (from 2015)                        

Metla is an independent state research organisation founded in 1917 and supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Metla is Finland's central forest research organisation with a mission to contribute the future of the forest sector by means of scientific research. Metla has a staff of appr. 750 people, some 370 of them being researchers. Research work is carried out at nine target units, these being the Vantaa and Joensuu research centres and seven regional research stations across the country. Target areas cover research, research forests, laboratory activities, communication and information services, international activities, and support services. Metla headquarters are in Helsinki.

Metla has already extensive knowledge about business development, promotion and technology transfer in the field of wood based renewable energy. This knowledge can now be applied to the REMOTE project. Metla as a state organisation which is located in the NPP area sees its mission in supporting of the sustainable development of local communities. Metla therefore utilises available opportunities to apply existing knowledge in order to contribute to welfare of local communities which is becoming increasingly important in Finland.

The Finnish Forest Research Institute will merge with MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute and the statistical services of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Tike on 1 January 2015, to form Natural Resources Institute Finland.



KUAS provides broad-based, high-level and internationally competitive higher education for the needs of the changing regional and national industry, commerce and other working life, as well as research and development, which is aimed to benefit both own activities of KUAS and the  regions working life. KUAS developes and offers R&D services of high quality in order to enhance regional development and support the industry and other areas of working life in North Karelia and Eastern Finland

KUAS has participated in several international projects as lead partner or partner organisation. KUAS has a legislation based active role as a regional developer, and it participates in the national Programmes in Centre of Expertise in the fields of bio-fuels, rural development, specialised industry and cross-border co-operation. Special fields of expertise include bioenergy, plastics and metal and innovation. In this project KUAS cab apply expertise in renewable energy and mobile application development, to jointly generate services in energy training and demonstration.




Joensuu Science Park Ltd. is a non-profit expert organization promoting regional development. It's key role is to bridge research organizations and companies and it provides development services for knowledge-intensive SMEs, which are aiming for growth and internationalization. JSP is a key actor in regional innovation system and manages several regional development programmes, for example the National Centre of Expertise Programme (OSKE) in North Karelia. JSP's special role in regional policy is to link the region to national and international clusters.

Forest-based industries, technology and services are a backbone of North Karelia's regional economy. JSP actively promotes international transfer of technology and knowledge, especially in the area of wood-based biomass energy. The project gives new possibilities for finding existing concepts, technology etc. to be utilized in our region and information on needs and potential markets in other countries.


 Ryan Institute, NUI Galway

The Ryan Institute is the National University of Ireland, Galway’s hub for Environmental, Marine and Energy research. It has ~ 100 academic members of staff, 65 post-doctoral researchers and 150 post-graduate students across all five Colleges within the University. It secures ~ €6m per annum for research focused in six priority and three cross-thematic areas. The six priority areas are:

  • Climate change
  • Environment and Health
  • Energy
  • Marine and Coastal Processes
  • Biodiversity and Bioresources
  • Sustainability and Built Environment

 The three cross-thematic areas are:

  • Modelling and Informatics
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Socioeconomics and Policy

 Ryan Institute Vision

The context of economic insecurity and increasing competition for energy and natural resources requires solutions based on integrated scientific, technical and socio-economic research. The Ryan Institute vision is to:

  • develop a high-quality capability and capacity in priority areas of environmental, marine and energy research that are aligned with international, national and regional policy needs and funding opportunities
  • establish international recognition for NUIG for excellence in research in the priority areas
  • provide an institutional framework supporting interdisciplinary research across all colleges within NUIG
  • develop collaborative research with other universities and research institutes within Ireland and overseas
  • foster interaction with policy making bodies, regulatory authorities and other agencies involved in the promotion of sustainable development
  • encourage research and research interactions with industry leading to innovative technologies and processes that facilitate social, economic and environmental security
  • educate a cohort of graduate students with appropriate skills for work in the environmental, marine and energy sectors
  • contribute to international graduate programmes with an emphasis on engagement with relevant government agencies, semi-state bodies and the private sector.
  • publicise activities and promote awareness of areas of environmental, marine and energy research,  to schools, state agencies, industry and civil society

 Research at the Ryan Institute sits in six Priority Research Areas:

  • Climate Change: Climate Change research is organized into four sub-themes: Atmospheric Composition and Emissions; Air Quality and Pollution; Ocean-Atmosphere Exchange; and, Climate-Ecosystem Interactions. The themes are consolidated into an integrated Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS).
  • Environment and Health: Research within this area is organized into four sub-themes of: Air Quality and Health; Water Quality, Sanitation and Health; Health from Environment and Public Policy; and Soil, Land, Food and Health. This research is managed through the Centre for Health from Environment
  • Energy:  Ongoing and planned research in this area is organised into four sub-themes: Bioenergy; Renewable Resources; Energy Efficient Technologies; and, Energy and Society. These sub-themes are focused within the Energy Research Centre.
  • Biodiversity and Bioresources: Research in this area runs along two sub-themes; the distribution of species, habitats and ecosystems; and, the materials, products and services (potential and existing) provided by natural resources.
  • Marine and Coastal Processes: In addition to the traditional research areas associated with Zoology, Botany, Oceanography, Microbiology and the Applied Geophysics there are four sub-themes which include: Coastal Biogeochemical Processes; Ecosystem and Human Health; Marine Pathways; and, the Changing Coast.
  • Sustainability and Built Environment: The research in this area is designed to support more sustainable, economically feasible and socially beneficial ways of developing and operating buildings and infrastructure. While engineering is a central discipline in designing and constructing the built environment and provides the core of this area, the research outputs will involve contributions from: informatics experts; social scientists; environmental health professionals; and, economists.



INVERNESS COLLEGE, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)           

Inverness College of University of Highlands and Islands is a key provider of tertiary education in the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. As one of the largest partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands, it delivers 25% higher education programmes at HN, degree and posgraduate levels. A small but fast developing research capacity, includes an emphasis on biomass. This is strategically aligned to a focuse on renewable energy research in UHI, including bioenergy at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Research in biomass is closely linked to delivery of training courses ranging from forest harvesting for biomass, installer training for domestic biomass systems and a small business focused on a local woodfuel supply chain operated by the Scottish School of Forestry.

Inverness College UHI has a long standing relationship with the forestry sector through the delivery of training at the Scottish School of Forestry. The training, and more recently, research activity, has developed to reflect innovation and new technologies in the sector, including biomass. The installation of a woodfuel boiler in 2005 to heat the buildings at SSF and supply biomass woodchip to two boilers in the local area, is an example of how linking training, research and demonstration of business potential within an education organisation can demonstrate the benefits of woodfuel at a local level. The micro-renewables centre in the College, SEAM, has developed installer training and dissemination of good practice in local scale renewables, including biomass. Recent research in a decision support system for emerging woodfuel energy markets, has developed a model for balancing biomass fuelstock supply with potential heat demand a local or regional level demonstrates the development of interest and research in this area. These areas of interest align closely with those of the REMOTE project.                   



Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)                  

Biofuel Technology Centre of SLU is a demonstration and research unit for upgrading a wide variety of raw materials to pellets and/or briquettes. Unit performs efficiency and quality tests for different raw materials, performs combustion research, analysis of ash behaviour and emissions in flue gases. SLU has a solid basis of research. Close to 70 per cent of the univerity's turnover is dedicated to research and postgraduate education.

Research, education and dissemination activities of REMOTE are in line with main strategy and research filed of SLU.  The demonstration site network, education and distribution of information of refining technologies, will be key interests for SLU.



County Governor of Hordaland

The County Governor is the chief representative of King and Government in the county, and works for the implementation of Storting (Parliament) and central government decisions. In Norway, people meet the public sector in many aspects of life. The most important administrative level, is the municipality, or local government. They are responsible for the basic services of society.The County Governor explains central policy documents in the local context, being aware of each municipality’s ability to provide. Experts from the County Governor’s office supervise local activities, advise and instruct.

Nationally, the parliament has set targets to deal with the issue of global warming due to greenhouse gases and it is recognized that energy use and energy production are the most important factors.  It is hence the role of the county governor to stimulate the use and production of renewable energy locally.