Integrated “Zero Waste” Biorefinery utilising all fractions of Willow feedstock for the production of high to medium based Bio-Chemicals/Materials, Renewable Energy in the form of Bio Methane production and Natural Fertilisers
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Interreg North-West Europe programme
- Project Partners
University of Limerick, Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Cellulac PLC, Bangor University, Epitheal Ltd, Materia Nova, Agriland, Renewable Gas Forum Ireland, Crops4Energy, Helicon Process Development Solutions, Helicon Process Development Solutions, IT Tralee – Shannon ABC
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Introduction and Aim
BioWILL focuses on Integrated “Zero Waste” Biorefinery utilising all fractions of Willow feedstock for the production of high to medium based Bio-Chemicals/Materials and Renewable Energy. BioWILL will deliver a biorefinery model for Northwest Europe using Willow, by producing high value salicylates from willow bark for medical applications. The bark residue and bark-free willow pulp will be converted into safe food quality packaging material to replace fossil derived plastics. The end of life packaging will be hydrolysed and used as a feedstock in an innovative bio-energy anaerobic digestion system producing biogas suitable for gas grid injection.
WPT1 Optimise salicin recovery potential of willow.
WPT2 Develop and optimise the processing of willow into novel product components & materials.
WPT3 Optimise product development of willow residues.
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