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
    Baden-Baden
    76532
    Germany

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  • Q21 - Agentur für Qualifikations- und Transfermanagement

    66 Kopernikusstr.
    Bielefeld
    33613
    Germany

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  • Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency

    Unit 15 Highnam Business Centre
    Gloucester
    GL2 8DN
    United Kingdom

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  • Cwm Harry Land Trust

    Unit H Vastre Industrial Estate
    Newtown
    SY16 1DZ
    United Kingdom

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

    73 Rue de Saint Brieuc
    Rennes
    35065
    France

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  • Kerval Centre Armor

    1 rue du Boisillon
    Ploufragan
    22440
    France

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  • Irish Bioenergy Association

    n/a Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin
    Dublin 11
    D11KXN4
    Ireland

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  • Western Development Commission

    1 Dillon House
    Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
    F45 HT91
    Ireland

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  • Pro Natura vzw

    8 Roggemanskaai
    Halle
    1501
    Belgium

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  • Aberystwyth University

    1 Penglais Road
    Aberystwyth
    SY23 3FB
    United Kingdom

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  • Universität Kassel

    19 Mönchebergstrasse
    Kassel
    34125
    Germany

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Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Universität Kassel Michael Wachendorf 19 Mönchebergstrasse
Kassel
34125
Germany
mwach@uni-kassel.de www.uni-kassel.de/agrar/gnr
Name Contact Name Email Country
Eigenbetrieb Umwelttechnik der Stadt Baden-Baden Olaf Herrmann Olaf.Herrmann@baden-baden.de Germany
Q21 - Agentur für Qualifikations- und Transfermanagement Sabine Wiemann swiemann@q21.de Germany
Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency Rachel Smith rachels@severnwye.org.uk United Kingdom
Cwm Harry Land Trust Colin Keyse colink@cwmharry.org.uk United Kingdom
Association d’Initiatives Locales pour l’Energie et l’Environnement (AILE) Marc Le Tréïs marc.le-treis@aile.asso.fr France
Kerval Centre Armor Yann Le Bris ylebris@kerval-centre-armor.fr France
Irish Bioenergy Association Noel Gavigan noelgavigan@irbea.ie Ireland
Western Development Commission Clodagh Barry clodaghbarry@wdc.ie Ireland
Pro Natura vzw Tom Anthonis tom.anthonis@pronatura.be Belgium
Aberystwyth University Iain Donnison isd@aber.ac.uk United Kingdom

Long Term

The RE-DIRECT approach will be sustainably implemented in the participating regions. New regions will be involved to enlarge the network and to increase the amount of coal displaced, to contribute to carbon sequestration and decrease the amount of waste biomass.

Activities

Deliverables

Developing and maintaining regional value chains Investment and business plans in IR, BE and FR
  Maintained Integrated Biomass Concepts (IBC) in the project regions
  Integration plan for 15 regions in the network
Interregional cooperative as RE-DIRECT Network Joint interregional cooperation and transfer concept
  Joint statutes, valorisation and business concept
  Service rendering concept
  Quality Management approach

Developing Feasible Product Chains

The WP aims to deliver data on the availability, quality and suitability of the input materials, their behaviour in the conversion process and the qualitative classification as carbon products as outputs for the RE-DIRECT regions.

Activities

Deliverables

Regional Investigations Operation manual
  Investigations comprising input biomass samples and a stakeholder analysis will be carried out by regional Partners (SWEA/CWMHarry, WDC/IrBEA, AILE/KCA, Baden-Baden and ProNatura) in connection with WP3.
  Regional Biomass portfolios
Investigating technical and product feasibility Technical feasibility of pre-treatment step
  Technical feasibility of the pyrolysis step
  Technical feasibility of the activation step
  Quality Product portfolio cataloguesapproach
  Comparative study on the material produced in both plants

Developing Sustainable Value chains

Activities

Deliverables

Investigating the ecological sustainability of the proposed value chain in the regions Life cycle assessment
  Report on Energy balances
  Report on Nutrient balance
  Regional Biomass portfolios
Investigating the economic sustainability of the conversion plants Economic simulation programme
  Economic sustainability assessment of the urban large scale plant approach
  Economic sustainability of the rural farm scale plant approach
  Recommendations for Design and Implementation
Investigating the socio-economic and employability potentials in the regions Regional economic data collection
  Causal loop diagrames based on System Theory
  Recommended regional circular economy scenarios

Capacity building

Activities

Deliverables

Developing and implementing a strategy for capacity-building of stakeholders European needs analysis and strategy planning
  Staff development programme and learning units
  Regional training and developing workshops
  Stakeholders from partner regions joining transnational transfer programme
  Networking: External collaboration concept
  Funding leveraged in new project developments
  Stakeholders from new partner regions join Transnational transfer seminar
  Finalised regional and transnational capacity-building strategy
  RE-DIRECT Course for related professions
Developing Regional Value chains Regionalised Portfolios of raw materials
  Regional Processing modes
  Regional Product& Product lines
  Derived regional value chains
Regional development plans Regional development plans
  Regional IBCs
  Involvements of SMEs
  Employment support actions
  Funding leveraged in new projects

Investment Baden Baden

Investment in large scale urban biomass to biochar unit.

Activities

Deliverables

Planning and concept, procurement tender Plan and Concept
  Procurement
Building and operating the Pyrolysis add on Get all necessary permissions
  Preparation work
  Delivery of add on plant and connection
  Pyrolysis Add-On in operation

Investment UK

A small farm-scale IFBB plant together with a pyrolysis retort will be installed and commissioned at a site already secured and prepared for this purpose.

Activities

Deliverables

Planning and concept, procurement tender Plant design, specifications
  Tender process
 Errection and operation of the small scale plant Permission of design and Technical specifications
  Plant Construction
  Operating the plant and Implementation testing

News



Events


Biochar & Activated Carbon Market Report & RE-DIRECT Stakeholder Workshop

, Portlaoise, Laois, IE

As a follow up to the recent successful RE-DIRECT Biochar and Activated Carbon Conference held in Claremorris Co Mayo in late October 2018, the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) and the Western Development Commission (WDC) invites you to a presentation, where the main finding of the finalised Biochar & Activated Carbon Market Study Report completed by Miltcon Services Ltd will be presented. This will be followed by a RE-DIRECT Biochar Stakeholders workshop.
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Find more informations via the following links about the RE-DIRECT project. You can also discover partner projects, that are evolving from the growing RE-DIRECT network.

 

 

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