Study trip to Natural Resource School Sötåsen 21-22 September 2023
25 September 2023
The next stop on the study tour was Tomb Agricultural High School in Råde. Tomb installed a biogas plant in 2011 and uses heat from the plant to heat water for housing and for use at the farm. Here we got an introduction to how Tomb uses the facility for training in operation, safety and energy production. In addition, the teachers obtained specific tips and advice from Tomb in how various experiments can be used to disseminate biogas production. The visit was insightful and initiated good discussions and reflections about the workload, the energy potential and what to expect if a biogas plant is installed at the school.
The next day we visited Natural Resource School Sötåsen in Sweden. In collaboration with the Interreg-project BREC and the Västra Götaland region, a workshop was held where Norwegian and Swedish teachers together discussed how the curriculum goals should be covered by various subjects, and concrete proposals for what competence is required of teachers. The teachers took an active role in discussion and exchange of experience in how to use available biorefineries, knowledge and experience for education and dissemination to pupils. The workshop initiated a series of thoughts about the potential, but also the challenges that teachers face in their everyday work, and the knowledge that is required of them. The day finished with a tour through the school, to the biogas plant, and to the research site for protein extraction from grass (the Green Valleys project). However, the most thrilling stop, was the new biogas tractor the school has obtained.
Overall, this has been a motivating and inspiring trip, which has given new impetus and motivation to develop facilities at Norwegian natural resource schools.
We at Biogass Oslofjord thank you for your engagement and interest in the trip, and extend a big thank you to everyone who took part.