REgional Development and Integration of unused biomass wastes as REsources for Circular products and economic Transformation (RE-DIRECT)

Project Summary

RE-DIRECT is a holistic approach to promote the efficient use of natural resources and materials by converting residual biomass into carbon products and activated carbon at smart regional decentralised units.

The project involves 11 partners from BE, DE, FR, IR and the UK who will implement the approach in 5 urban, semi-urban and rural NWE regions. Each year at least 34 million t of residual biomass from the management of rural landscapes and urban greens in NWE are wasted. On the other hand, there is a growing market for sustainable and decentralised products such as active coal, used in sewage water technologies to clean water polluted with complex chemical substances or antibiotics.

RE-DIRECT will make use of the proven technology for Integrated Generation of Solid Fuel and Biogas from Biomass (IFBB) to convert 20 000 t of unused biomass in a circular economy approach into region specific carbon products, among them activated carbon. This will be achieved in the project lifetime by regional and interregional stakeholder communities (biomass waste producers, industries, SMEs, NGOs, researchers and regional interest groups) who explore, develop and manage region-specific product portfolios and create economic value chains in the framework of transferrable “integrated biomass concepts”. The project will develop one large scale investment for a biochar and activated carbon production at a urban biomass conversion centre in DE and one small conversion plant on farm scale in Wales; creating and securing 20 jobs in direct proximity to the plant and providing additional employment and income generating projects for disadvantaged society groups (unemployed and inhabitants in backward rural areas). Capacity building activities will be planned and delivered to support the implementation of the participatory and sustainable development projects and the creation of innovative product an value chains in the project regions and beyond.

Project Partners

  • Eigenbetrieb Umwelttechnik der Stadt Baden-Baden

    8 Briegelackerstraße

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  • Q21 - Agentur für Qualifikations- und Transfermanagement

    66 Kopernikusstr.

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  • Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency

    Unit 15 Highnam Business Centre
    GL2 8DN
    United Kingdom

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  • Cwm Harry Land Trust

    Unit H Vastre Industrial Estate
    SY16 1DZ
    United Kingdom

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  • Association d’Initiatives Locales pour l’Energie et l’Environnement (AILE)

    73 Rue de Saint Brieuc

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  • Kerval Centre Armor

    1 rue du Boisillon

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  • Irish Bioenergy Association

    n/a Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin
    Dublin 11

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  • Western Development Commission

    1 Dillon House
    Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
    F45 HT91

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  • Pro Natura vzw

    8 Roggemanskaai

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  • Aberystwyth University

    1 Penglais Road
    SY23 3FB
    United Kingdom

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  • Universität Kassel

    19 Mönchebergstrasse

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Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Universität Kassel Michael Wachendorf 19 Mönchebergstrasse
Name Contact Name Email Country
Eigenbetrieb Umwelttechnik der Stadt Baden-Baden Olaf Herrmann Germany
Q21 - Agentur für Qualifikations- und Transfermanagement Sabine Wiemann Germany
Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency Rachel Smith United Kingdom
Cwm Harry Land Trust Colin Keyse United Kingdom
Association d’Initiatives Locales pour l’Energie et l’Environnement (AILE) Aurélie Leplus France
Kerval Centre Armor Yann Le Bris France
Irish Bioenergy Association Noel Gavigan Ireland
Western Development Commission Pauline Leonard Ireland
Pro Natura vzw Dennis Cardoen Belgium
Aberystwyth University Iain Donnison United Kingdom

Visiting PYREG in Bonn

On January 16th 2017 the RE-DIRECT partners visited PYREG in Bonn, an expert for the carbonisation of bio mass.

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