WP1: Project management and coordination
WP2: Biomass availability, stabilisation and pre-treatment
WP3: Biorefining technologies: validation and optimization
WP4: Biorefining technologies: scalability and feasibility
WP5: Final applications formulation and validation
WP6: Environmental impact and value chain sustainability
WP7: Cooperative business model development
WP8: Communication, dissemination, exploitation and engagement
UNIVERSITY OF EXTREMADURA
WP1 is concerned with all major issues of Project Management, i.e. coordination, strategic directions, data management and protection, risk management and quality assurance.
Task 1.1 Project coordination
Task 1.2 Data management
Task 1.3 Risk management
Task 1.4 Management Quality Plan & Progress Reports
This WP will ensure an efficient and effective implementation of project activities and the timelycompletion of all objectives, milestones and deliverables.
To ensure the project is carried out in adherence to the Grant Agreement
To establish a framework for effective cooperation and communication.
To guide the strategic direction of the project
To handle the data management
To identify and manage potential risks
UNIVERSITY OF EXTREMADURA
WP2 holds a wide spectrum of activities starting with the exploration and analysis of current market status, needs and availability of biomass based on seasonality, quality and other significant parameters. Further, it coordinates and strategizes the analysis and optimization of the waste streams to be utilized in WP3.
Task 2.1 Analysis of biomass resources availability based on the seasonality study
Task 2.2 Feedstock characterization
Task 2.3 Design of the stabilization and pre-treatment strategy
Task 2.4 Stabilization, pre-treatment and shipment of the feedstocks
To define the markets’ situation from the feedstock and end-user perspectives, as well as a deep analysis of thecurrent hurdles for the implementation of new technologies that allow a better exploitation of by-products (including logistics, costs and market barriers)
To characterize the feedstock composition
To analyze and narrow down the target compounds
To study and optimize the techniques for stabilization and pre-treatment of the feedstocks
To prepare and send the required quantities of feedstocks (waste streams) to WP3 partners
WP3 aims to assess technology combinations for olive, fruit and wine processing industries by focusing on optimized technologies for extraction and purification of valuable compounds. There is significant consideration to reuse side streams without major treatment or use them in cascading concepts with the aim of avoiding waste disposal and maximizing biomass valorization.
Task 3.1 Design parameters of the functional molecules extraction and purification methods
Task 3.2 Design of secondary streams valorization
Task 3.3 Validation and optimization of the functional molecules extraction and purification methods
Task 3.4 Validation and optimization of secondary streams valorization
To design, fine-tune, test and validate the selected technologies and processes
To establish optimal combinations of the technologies and processes for the extraction and purification of primary and secondary side streams of agrifood waste (sectors: olives, grapes and stone fruits)
To assess the produced combinations in simulated (process model) or operational environment (pilot plant).
NATAC BIOTECH SL
WP4 aims to conduct process modelling and simulation of the different technologies and their combinations and to integrate them in a unique process with functional molecules for applications in food, feed additives, cosmetics and nutraceutics, and chemical platforms for materials. Here, the overall feasibility of ROBOCOOP is assessed through evaluations of the valorization of secondary streams, the consumption of feedstocks and other chemicals or auxiliary services, the main drawbacks and bottleneck in order to enable a harmonized interpretation of the integrated results.
Task 4.1 Bio-refinery modelling and simulation
Task 4.2 Conceptual integration of the bio-refinery at scale 1:1
Task 4.3 Techno-Economic Assessment
To process the data generated in WP3 in order to model and simulate different routes and scenarios forthe bio-refinery at industrial scale (1:1).
To execute the conceptual integration of the bio-refinery and determine the technical requirements
To identify the main costs for the plant (OPEX and CAPEX). The preliminary budget for the execution phaseof the industrial project will be defined and all the potential risks will be evaluated.
WP5 is concerned with the development and evaluation of formulations with the selected ingredients (functional molecules and fractions for exhausted streams) for their final applications in the sectors involved. Safety, quality and purity of the ingredients obtained will be in line with EU legislation and proven to meet end-market requirements to enable commercialization
Task 5.1 Food and feed
Task 5.2 Cosmetic and nutraceutical applications
Task 5.3 Plasticizers
Task 5.4 Bio-fertilizers
Task 5.5 Techno-Economic Assessments
To develop and evaluate formulations with selected ingredients (functional molecules and fractions for exhausted streams) for their final applications (3 for food, 3 for feed, 5 for cosmetics and nutraceutics, 1 for plasticizer and 5 for bio-fertilizers)
To establish safety, quality and purity of the ingredients obtained in line with EU legislation and proven to meet end-market requirements
To enable commercialization of the end ingredients/products
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
WP6 is concerned with the Environmental Impact and the circularity of the project outputs by providing knowledge regarding environmental performance of the produced output (linked with WP 4) from a holistic view (i.e., cradle to grave approach). Also, it supports the sustainability of the outputs by benchmarking the results with other traditional and commercially competitive applications.
Task 6.1 Assessment of the environmental impacts and circularity using LCA methodologies
Task 6.2 Definition of the value chain and assessment of data needs
Task 6.3 Model design and optimization of the value chain and their processes
To identify and quantify categories of input data specific to bio-based feedstock supplies in terms of their circularity performance.
To analyze hotspots, threats and opportunities related to the implementation of innovative approaches in the field of valorizing bio-based feedstock supplies, throughout their whole life cycle with focus on the logistics chain
To evaluate the environmental performance of the developed pilot plants
CLUSTER OF BIOECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT OF WESTERN MACEDONIA
The overall aim of WP7 is to integrate multidisciplinary knowledge by developing co-creative spaces called “Living Labs”, built on the progress made in previous WPs, to validate and shape Business Models oriented to tailor-made Business Plans.
Task 7.1 Shaping of potential business cases
Task 7.2 Living labs for the co-creation of the optimal business model
Task 7.3 Tailor-made business plan for each regional hub
Task 7.4 Joint venture pre-agreements and long-term financial stability
To analyze value chains and identify added value for the main and secondary actors
To set-up regional living labs and co-create new business models
To draft Business Plans for each regional hub, by integrating feedback from WPs 4, 5 and 6, off-takers and market competitors assessments.
To establish joint venture pre-agreements and long-term financial stability
INTERNET OF FOOD ALLIANCE SUPPORT OFFICE
WP8 aims to develop and implement successful strategies for communication, dissemination and exploitation of project’s outputs and findings, and to conserve the practical knowledge created during and beyond the project period.
Task 8.1 Plan for Dissemination and Exploitation including Communication activities
Task 8.2 Innovation/IP management and exploitation strategy
Task 8.3 Dissemination and communication activities
Task 8.4 Stakeholder engagement and workshops
Task 8.5 Capacity Building Program for cooperatives in Europe
To prepare a detailed dissemination and communication plan
To foster clustering activities by using scientific workshops, seminars, and joint activities for knowledge exchange, dissemination, and training
To create a training program targeting cluster managers, innovation agents and public administration, composing a roadmap for train-the-trainers on how to support cooperatives
To develop educational and training materials and resources
To facilitate dissemination and communication activities, while engaging a wide range of stakeholders
To establish a collaboration model that can sustain the activities of the SFT Hub at pan-European level
To generate market awareness and demand of the bio-based products obtained in particular for cosmetics, feed additives, food, chemical platforms, fertilizers, and among policy makers.