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Project organisation

The approach

To address these challenges, FLEXIBI will follow an integrated and multidisciplinary approach including experimental and modelling works as well as actions to connect with stakeholders from production, transformation and policy sector. The multidisciplinary transnational scientific partner team will have a close engagement with the stakeholders throughout the project.

- Quantitative process modelling: this part of the project will model the material balances on the basis of experimental assessments, for different types of processed biomass using various biorefinery pathways.

- Knowledge engineering: The relation with different players that are relevant for implementation of SFBs will be represented and modelled based on knowledge from a multitude of stakeholder groups (i.e. biorefinery stakeholders, public authorities and scientific). To achieve this, an expert panel and an European advisory board will be set-up to support the project progress. Complementary interviews with regional stakeholders will be carried out and project results transferred to them.

- Experimental assessment: Three representative “pilot feedstocks” from different urban and peri-urban waste origins (agriculture and agro-industry, landscaping and gardening, post-consumer wood wastes) and their mixtures will be investigated using selected biorefinery pathways  for the transformation into different product categories (e.g. from high to low value) in order to gain systematic data sets for modelling.

The combination of the three approaches will result in a global decision tool

To evaluate the relevance of the model and afford demonstration case to stakeholder, three “pilot regions” (Hamburg, Leuven and Nantes) are chosen to consider various frame conditions within Europe. For each region :

- The feedstock potential and relevant stakeholders will be visualized with maps. A methodology for easy regional data collection and implementation into GIS-based maps will be elaborated to enable the transfer in other EU location.

- SFB route will be selected according to local context  demonstrated practically by dedicated biorefining experiments

- Case study communication tools will be elaborate to train stakeholders.


Project organization

FLEXIBI proposes an integrated multidisciplinary strategy combining experimental and modelling approaches to build unique decision support tool to define the best biorefining pathway for multi-biomass feedstocks waste from urban and peri-urban areas:

WP1 will design models to define the most sustainable and efficient pathway for SFB. It will include quantitative modeling (based on WP2 results) and experts’ knowledge (advisory board).

WP2 target the ability of wastes to produce high value products, biogas and / or fertilizers . This task implies an innovative technical approach to use highly variable feedstock.

WP3 will focus on dissemination and policy recommendations. Open data tools will be preferred to train stakeholders.

Diagramme WP