COMBINE explored and exploited new sources of bio-energy from waste materials based on roadside green-cuts, grassland and other organic waste materials. They created new energy supply chains from biomasses in the project regions and beyond, which triggered large-scale investments in decentralized bioenergy production.
Additionally, the research introduced IFBB technology to existing biogas and waste water treatment plants, optimising their processes and utilizing previously wasted thermal energy. Biomass was harvested at all partner sites, silaged and sent to the large-scale sedentary IFBB plant in Baden-Baden for test processing (shown in video).
This pilot also contributed to reducing the conflict between bio-energy and food production by exploring the utilisation of new raw materials, illustrating that it is no longer necessary to compete with the food industry for the use of fertile land.
Most importantly, COMBINE used major strategic innovations, contributed to the development of an environmentally-friendly biofuel production, supported nature conservation, and reduced the emission of large amounts of methane.