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Integrated European Network for biomass and waste reutilisation for Bio-products

Project Leader
Amon Thomas, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.04.2008-01.07.2010
Programme:
FP7 - Cooperation - Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (KBBE)
EU-Project Instruments
Coordination Action (CA)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Agricultural University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Akureyri University Island, Iceland.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Biozoon GmbH, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
CENTIV, Centrum für Innovative Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Chambre Regionale d´Agriculture du Centre, France.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Ente per le Nuove Technologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Rom, Italy.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
European Biomass Industry Association, Belgium.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
European Forest Institute, European Union.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Lithuanian Energy Institute, Lithuania.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
North Wales Mouldings, United Kingdom.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Plant Science Services GmbH, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Procede Biomass BV, Netherlands.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Str. Memorandumului nr. 28, 400114 Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Technical University of Denmark, Bygningstorvet, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
The Ukrainian Scientific Research Institute of Ecological Problems, Ukraine.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Kristianstad, Sweden.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Amon Barbara, Project Staff
Bauer Alexander, Project Staff
Hopfner-Sixt Katharina, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2008)
Bodiroza Vitomir, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2008)
Gspan Breda, Project Staff (bis 31.07.2010)
Simic Violetta, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2008)
Ilic Desanka, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2011)
BOKU Research Units
Division of Agricultural Engineering
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
Aquaterre will promote the cooperation between research centres, business and other stakeholders in Europe devoted to the research, development and application of biomass and biofuel production and valorisation.

It will aim for integration and unification of efforts and the exchange of knowledge and expertise between partners, to promote the creation of a network of improving biomass and waste reutilisation.

Mainly, Aquaterre aims to make an inventory of existing biomass feedstock in Europe and quantify the potential and identify of the best ones. In addition, to study the best possibilities for implementing different biomass sources in different environments to improve their utilisation. Pursuing this target, literature and data survey and current research review will be carried out.

Furthermore, the scope of Aquaterre consists also in mapping European biomass feedstock using different tools as Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

These systems permit to capture, store, analyze and manage data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth. The implementation of GIS to this project will contribute to the good management of the database and also will play an important role as dissemination tool.

Additionally, Aquaterre expert members will identify economic and environmental impacts schemes to define the optimum Life Cycle Assessment scenario (LCA). LCA is a standardized and structured method for calculating the environmental load of a product, process or activity throughout all its phases. The implementation of a new bio-product/biofuel in the market requires the analysis of economical, social and environmental aspects, with the objective of attaining enough information for the decision making progress. The contribution of a LCA study to this project can be framed in the identification of best sources of biomass feedstock as well as other agricultural waste for the sustainable obtaining of biofuels and other added value products.
Keywords
agronomy; crop husbandry; agricultural ecology; renewable energy; renewable resources; silviculture; renewable resources; interdisciplinary agriculture and forestry; agricultural ecology; environmental protection;
biofuels; biomass; European biomass database; climate protection; reutilisation;
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