17 Dec 2018

First project factsheet

Rehap has published an informative and fun factsheet to highlight some of the research and results currently developing, and taking a look at what lies ahead for the project.

The factsheet, the first in a series, explains some of the first publishable results from the project and is titled, “Assessing the availability of agroforestry residues”.

A brief description of what the project is doing was mentioned, before presenting a picture on how the project went about collecting the right data to understand which agriculture and forestry residues are available, and where, and how they can be used sustainably for the creation of bio-based construction materials.

The factsheet highlights the results and the next stage of the project, involving the development of a methodology tool to forecast the potential waste residues across the EU till 2030.

There will be more factsheets coming your way, so keep your eyes on the website. (You will be able to find them on the website under Publications).

Take a look at the factsheet by clicking the image below.

10 Dec 2018

New guidelines on cascading use fail to meet expectations of EU’s new Bioeconomy Strategy

The guidelines should be aligned with the new EU strategy to make the bioeconomy more circular.

Today’s publication of the non-binding guidelines on the cascading use of wood fails to live up to the Commission’s own ambitions signalled in its recent Bioeconomy Strategy. CEPI has been a long-time proponent of this principle which allows for every wood fibre to be used on average 2.5 times, instead of solely burning wood for bioenergy.

“The cascading use of principle works automatically in a well-functioning market but unsustainable subsidies distort wood markets” says Ulrich Leberle, Raw Materials Director of CEPI, the European forest fibre and paper industry. “The new guidelines should be aligned with the new EU strategy to make the bioeconomy more circular. They should also take into account any assessment of Member States that encourages the application of these principles in their bioenergy support schemes.

The new guidelines ignore the firm call set out by the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, approved yesterday, to avoid raw material market distortions and neglect to provide clear instructions on this in the new guidelines.

The guidance is clearly a missed opportunity for contributing to a circular bioeconomy that is built on the efficient use of biomass and innovative solutions rather than on direct burning of wood for bioenergy. The focus should now turn to ensuring that Member States respect the cascading use of principle in their national climate and energy plans and that future revision of these guidelines take account of this principle.

Article sourced from: http://news.bio-based.eu/new-guidelines-on-cascading-use-fail-to-meet-expectations-of-eus-new-bioeconomy-strategy/)

05 Dec 2018

Press Release: European bioeconomy showing positive developments, according to Rehap workshop

Rehap is an EU-funded project that aims to use agroforestry waste to create products for the construction industry. Its most recent workshop looked at how projects in similar sectors are swiftly developing new and advanced technologies and processes for the production of bio-based products and materials from biomass.

The EU project Rehap recently hosted a workshop to explore the matter of the availability of raw materials that can be used in the bioeconomy. The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and microorganisms – to produce food, materials and energy.
There is concern shared across the EU about the long-term viability of how we use our renewable natural resources in the bioeconomy. A report published by the European Environment Agency in August 2018, “The circular economy and the bioeconomy”, revealed that the EU wants to progressively intervene in the areas of food waste, biomass and bio-based products. As the bioeconomy continues to rapidly grow, these areas are under increased pressure to tackle expanding supply and demand issues and shifts in the availability of land.
The workshop, which was held on 27 September at the University of Augsburg, Germany, promoted successful cases for bio-based products and materials, as well as detailed results from the ongoing Rehap project. Presentations focused on the techniques and bottlenecks of the technologies and processes used in both Rehap and other projects, with a focus on the availability of raw materials.
Dr Klaus Richter from the Technical University of Munich gave a presentation on the “cascading use” of wood. This involves prioritising value-adding non-fuel uses of wood, so it is only burned for energy after it has been used, re-used and recycled as much as possible. The WoodWisdom EraNet project was given as an example of how this approach can be used in the forestry sector.
The Rehap project presented its developments in using advanced technologies to make sure the products it is making – bio-based products for the construction industry – are as sustainable as possible. This included an assessment of the availability of waste biomass in the EU agroforestry sector up until 2030, and the development of a supply network for the transportation of this biomass.
The presentation also revealed how the sustainability of Rehap products and materials may actually help boost their deployment both within and outside the construction sector.
03 Dec 2018

Attis Industries launches new video series to promote lignin conversion process.

“Our goal is very simple – it is to revolutionise biomass processing to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Lignin, along with cellulose and hemicellulose, makes up most plant materials. Historically, lignin was often considered an afterthought in the biomass world. However, US-based Attis Industries has developed a biomass processing technology that produces high-value applications from lignin. At the start of the month, the company announced that it would be launching a series of videos that would give investors and interested parties additional information on the technologies and bio-based products offered under the firm’s innovations division.

In the first video, Attis CEO Jeff Cosman and policy director Helen Petersen discuss the current inefficiencies in biomass processing and how the company is using by-products from the pulp and paper industry to double biofuel output.

According to the company, Attis can recover around 1.3 pounds of high-purity lignin for every pound of cellulose ethanol it produces. The concentrated carbon can then be used to make bio-plastics and adhesives or can be converted into petrol or diesel.

According to German-based University of Freiburg, every year around 50 million tonnes of lignin accumulate as a by-product of the paper industry. Plants produce around 20 billion tonnes of lignin every year.

Speaking in the video, Cosman said: “Our goal is very simple – it is to revolutionise biomass processing to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Peterson added: “Our [processing] outputs include pulp and a unique form of high purity lignin.

“While the pulp can be used in traditional pulp and paper markets or to produce cellulosic ethanol, it’s this high purity form of lignin that allows Attis to substantially increase the value and products made from biomass.”

Video link: https://youtu.be/pQWJot601OI

Article sourced from: www.biobasedworldnews.com