The North Sea Region is the breeding ground for some of the world's most innovative biomass application initiatives. Although very promising, these initiatives are local and rather small scale. In addition, many isolated initiatives are being developed which do not (yet) contribute to the optimal valorization of regional biomass stocks.
BIOCAS100% aims to promote the transition towards a resource efficient economy by supporting these regional initiatives and showcasing at least two pilots. The project will create networks around biomass stocks in these regions and connect several producers of biomass applications. The aim of bringing together different pilot projects around one regional biomass stock is - as discussed above - to optimize valorisation.
Pilots in the province of Fryslan can be:
1. Creating 100% biodegradable bioplastics from biological household waste and wastewater sludge. The produced bioplastics will be used at the Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018 with at least 1 million visitors - and beyond.
2. An incubator for innovative approaches to convert the abundant amounts of low quality biomass - 'harvested' in rural areas - into valuable products such as proteins for animal feed, minerals, fibers and energy. In this way, regional import dependency will be reduced, i.e. proteins can replace soy, tapioca and corn based animal feed; fibers can be used for the production of paper; and the substrate from biogas production can - after being composted or fermented - be used as a source for organic matter, carbon (Biochar) and minerals for agricultural practices.
3. Extraction of cellulose - from toilet paper - in a wastewater treatment plant. Extracted cellulose from water is an effective, cheap and environmental friendly alternative material for - imported - woodchips that are currently being used in asphalt road construction.
4. The development and construction of a biobased composite bridge over the Van Harinxmachannel in Fryslan. Biobased composites are fibre-reinforced materials that are partly or completely made from renewable raw materials. Both the matrix material and the fiber reinforcement can have natural origins. Biocomposite is an interesting alternative construction material of the bridge and an inspiring example for innovation.
Apart from the pilots, the following activities are being considered:
1. A business case generator. A prosperous regional economy requires an economic ecosystem consisting of sufficient size and interconnections. Regional SMEs can - and should - play an important role in a regional biobased economy, but currently lack capacity, means and skills to change their processes. In this part of the project, SMEs are being made aware of the potential of biomass applications an supported in developing business cases. The basis for the business case generator will be the value chain including its weakest links. The understanding of these weakest links (lack of knowledge, network, funds) will further increase possibilities to lead to profitable results.
2. Creating awareness and demand for biomass applications: The ultimate success of a biobased economy depends on public acceptance and demand for these products. This is a long-term process. However, the project intends to inspire a broad groups of stakeholders.
- Number of green product, services and processes piloted and / or adopted by the project: 4
- Number of enteprises receiving support: 10
- Number of enterprises participating in cross-border, transnational or interregional research projects: 10
- Number of research institutions participating in cross-border, transnational or interregional research projects: 4
- Number of organisation / enterprises adopting new solutions by project end: 200
- Number of organisations / enterprises informed about new solutions by project end: 1.000
Partners Found Already
- Companies facilitating the bioplastics pilot
- Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018
Partners in the NSR aiming to close the biomass cycle loop:
- Supply side of biomass
- Demand side (biomass products)
- Biomass recycling
- Knowledge institutes
- Public authorities as "launching governments"
- Financial institutions (financing upscaling)
- Companies interested in pilots implementation
- Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017 as a demonstrator of bioplastics products (as we want to do with Leeuwarden / Fryslan European Capital of Culture 2018)
Approximately 6 mln
Promoting green economic activity, Sustainable resource use, Pilots, Locally sourced materials, Recycling.
19 March 2015