Developing new technologies and value chains
Partners in this programme aim to discover full potential of integrated and cascade use of biomass through comprehensive research and by systematically collecting and recording our findings.
We are determined to develop and optimise new, sustainable technologies and procedures to lead us to useful biomass components, which can be later used as environmentally acceptable and renewable materials and products. Whatever biomass residue should remain at the end of it all, we will convert it into energy.
Various research-production circles interconnect within this programme. They create new value chains with a common goal – optimal material utilisation of biomass throughout the circuit. Mastery knowledge base of research institutions intertwines with production/manufacturing competences of industry through entire process, from developing fundamental knowledge to industrial application. Partners from industry actively participate as early as initial phase of basic research by supplying relevant information about what results they expect and what is essential for the knowledge to be applicable in the industry. By doing so we can ensure that the search for new findings is focused on needs and demands, clearly stated by the industry as end user, thus allowing for successful market uptake and following principles of closed materials loops. All mentioned above demands a tight partner cooperation, high level of trust and creativity as well as open communication at all stages of process and between all value chains.
But the reward for these endeavours is priceless.
Our contribution to development of knowledge and technologies on bio source utilization:
* Database on availability, characteristics and usability of various types of biomass.
* Advanced processes for fractionation of biomass.
* Effective continuous processes for production of nanocellulose from various types of biomass.
* Fibres and materials treatment technologies for improvement of functional properties.
* Technologies in production of fibre webs and biocomposites.
* Technologies and processes for biological treatment of waste and enzyme production.
* Efficient processes for mechanical treatment of solid waste and materials recovery.
* Innovative technologies for energy recovery of waste materials flows.
Efficient use of primary and waste biomass is not just a beneficial economic decision. It is also critical and urgent societal decision, which in its processes necessarily involves a wider social environment. It encourages every single one of us to begin to understand our multiple societal roles in context of their interconnectedness. How? As empowered consumers, we have an obligation to demand quality products – with high longevity and biodegradable. As subjects in economy sphere, we are obliged to search for the best choices in means of production – locally available, multifunctional and renewable. And as people, inhabiting this joint living space, we are bound to co-habit it responsibly, to act towards restoring and maintaining it.
This programme represents a unique example of enforcement of circular economy principles. By connecting various value chains following a common goal – effective cascade use of biomass, we aim to:
* reduce dependence on foreign sources of raw materials,
* replace fossil based raw materials,
* establish efficient systems of closing materials loops,
* exploit opportunities on the growing market of green solutions,
* connect local competencies into innovative circular partnerships,
* strengthen local socio-economic relations,
* encourage society as a whole to act towards green co-existence and thus
* contribute significantly to reducing the burden on the environment.