The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, Belgium, hosted the most recent Rehap partner meeting. Project partners came together to review the progress of actions set during the previous meeting in May, and looked closely at results from specific studies such as extraction methods and the upscaling of processes for economic value.
Partners from DAPP, D’Appolonia, now formally known as RINA-c, commenced by sharing information on key performance parameters for the sustainability, energy and techno-economical evaluation project, and identified the forthcoming first reporting period for giving technical and financial reports.
RINA-c continued by discussing the improvements with regards to key performance parameters and life-cycle assessments since May. For the next six months, a lot of emphasis will be placed on gathering information from partners via questionnaires, to help achieve Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) – a new tool to help innovative environmental technologies reach the market – and in preparation for the techno-economic SWOT analysis in December.
Before the end of the first day, partners had the opportunity to visit BBEPP facilities where Brecht Vanlerberghe and Henrik Waegeman gave an interesting presentation of the pilot plant before showing participants around the plant’s installations. Click here to have a look around yourself!
Tarja Tamminen, principle scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, commenced the second day by presenting results gathered from the testing of sugar, lignin, tannin fractions and bark residue after soda cooking to determine high yields and up-scaling possibilities.
VTT’s work was further elaborated on by BBEPP representative Karel De Winter, who confirmed and continued to explain VTT’s results in more detail with regards to upscaling. Alternative processes were presented to VTT that BBEPP had already tested to understand the factors which affect and ultimately improve yield and upscaling possibilities, and to find better performing purification processes.
Further discussions followed, many centring around a new paper that had been prepared on state-of-the-art waste management in Europe which will be published in Cleaner Production at the end of the year. Partners CARTIF closed by reminding partners to keep updating the risk action plan on the partner database to maintain its purpose as a living document on the Rehap website.
Finally, Insight Publishers presented developed communication tools and asked partners to propose potential congresses to attend in the coming months. They also revealed that a new video for the Rehap website will be released before the end of the year. Keep your eyes peeled.
The next meeting will be at Tecnalia in Bilbao in March, when the actions for the next six months will be reviewed.