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The project

FLEXIBI aims at designing e decision support tool assessing the different pathway for the establishment of small-scale biorefinery by evaluating all parameters accounting for the more sustainable solution. As main driver of the project Flexi-Feed Biorefineries (FLEXIBI) propose to use local and all-year available feedstocks to limit transportation and logistics issues. Thus FLEXIBI will address the challenge to process mixture of different type of biomass (agriculture, landscaping, agro-food industries and post-consumption plant biomass waste) to smooth seasonal effect and narrow the biomass supply to local supply for producing high value product, biogas and/or fertilizers in different proportions according to biomass mixture and processes use. FLEXIBI technical challenges consist thus in the evaluation of the processibility of variable biomass wastes mixture by different biorefinery processes and the associated implementation of predictive models based on quantitative modelling and expert knowledge to afford a multicriteria decision support tool dedicated to local players across Europe to design the most efficient and sustainable solution adapted to local biomass waste, social and economical environment. Beside the technical challenges to tackle, FLEXIBI aim to face organisational advance to determine the appropriate scale whether SFB will promote sustainability versus large scale biorefineries. FLEXIBI will integrate the whole process chain, including feedstock pre-processing evaluation, biorefinery processes and final product implementations (including innovative biobased materials). Constraints of local biomass production, industrial context and public regulations are also different all over Europe and thus the implementation of SFB has to be evaluated with taken into account local environments.