Involvement of SME
Among the 10 consortium partners, 3 (VWP, IBDI and Waldland) are SME. Further SME were involved as suppliers of oil, and for the basic maintenance during the demonstration.
The SME Öl- und Bioenergie GmbH was already a license holder of VWP/Waldland for a process to produce a chemically very pure rape seed oil. In the project, the oil press of this company was converted into a reference press for 2nd generation vegetable oil which has provided the fuel oil for tests and demonstrations. On exchange for this cooperation, Öl- and Bio-energie GmbH has got a general license on 2nd generation vegetable oil offered from VWP/Waldland.
In the second step, a French oil press owner (a local CUMA) was involved and a licence agreement was fixed.
Further, John Deere vendors with a mechanical workshop, i.e. independent SMEs, in Austria, France and Poland were in charge of maintenance for the demonstration fleets. They have been accompanied by John Deere/ VWP during the project.
Generally speaking, the project as a whole has an important potential impact for SME, as it investigates methods for 2nd generation vegetable oil fuels which can be applied by small oil presses. It also offers new prospects for SME active in the vehicle repair and maintenance sector.
Last but not least, vegetable oil is a fuel which can be produced by small farms, leaving a large part of the value-creation to the farmer, instead of considering him only as a supplier of biomass