One of the outcomes the SYSTEMIC project aims for are partnerships, cooperation, good advice and experience exchange between practitioners, business and scientists. To facilitate this, the project aims to set up Living Labs.

Living Labs: a buzz word nowadays… but what does it mean?

In the SYSTEMIC project we see a Living Lab a real life innovation environment where Demo Plants and scientists can learn from eachother. The Living lab can also include other stakeholders like local farmers and industries.

We believe that the key to creating a Living Lab is to make the concept of nutrient recovery from digestate transferable to an “Outreach Location”.

This is an intensive learning experience which requiers the adaptation of the concept depending on different variables like social environment, economical feasibility, regional legislation, choice of technologies, market characterisation, etc  to fit the outreach location.

The one of the ultimate goals of the SYSTEMIC project is that all AD plants in Europe can learn from these Living Lab learnings at the Outreach Locations by making use of the Business Development Package that will become publicly available at the end of the project.

Read all details about the Living Lab concept in SYSTEMIC

Learn more about the network of SYSTEMIC biogas plants and the Living Lab meetings on the Business Development Package

Examples of Living Labs

The Netherlands,  “An Achterhoek without artificial fertilizer”.

This region (de Achterhoek) in the Netherlands has received a special pilot status from the Dutch Government by means of a “Green Deal”. With Green Deals the government helps to overcome bottlenecks encountered by sustainable innovations.

Demo Plant Groot Zevert, located in de Achterhoek, is also participating in this project.


During the “Corona-year” of 2020, the SYSTEMIC biogas plants were invited to weekly online meetings, where different technologies for digestate treatment were discussed with their peers, technology providers and scientists.