Pilot areas: implement and improve
When you have six pilot areas in six different Alpine countries different goals, needs and expectations of recharge.green are inevitable. The pilot areas’ priorities are summarized below.
The recharge.green partners start by developing strategies and models to consider the costs and benefits of green energy production in the Alps. Next, the pilot areas will test these to verify their usefulness on the ground. The various results from the pilot areas are important feedback for the project to check the practicality of the developed strategies and models and to adapt them further.
Water, wood biomass, and wind are the most important renewable energy sources in the pilot areas. In Slovenia the main focus is on wood. Analyses in the Triglav National Park will identify the existing quantity of wood biomass and the level of demand in order to ensure a more sustainable use. In Italy’s Maritime Alps Nature Park, research will additionally look at hydropower plants and their effects on species diversity in water bodies. The Italian Regione del Veneto is prioritising small hydropower plants in Province of Belluno territory and their consequences for sensitive aquatic ecosystems. The Northern French Alps pilot area is testing the instruments in areas affected by high water consumption and by the effects of climate change. The Bavarian electricity generating stations want to make improvements to their hydropower plants on the River Iller to make them fish-friendlier. Finally, the Austrian Vorarlberg pilot area is investigating how natural energy sources can be used while respecting biodiversity and ecological connectivity.