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BioWILL

BioWILL
Title

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

Start Year

2019

End Year

2022

Funding Body

Interreg North-West Europe programme

Coordinator

Cathal O’Mahony

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

Principal Investigators

Prof Jerry MurphyDr David Wall

Research Area

Advanced Fuels in the Circular Economy

Website

BioWILL

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.

Work Packages

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.

Publications

  1. Deng, C., Lin, R., Kang, X., Wu, B., O’Shea, R., & Murphy, J. D. Improving gaseous biofuel yield from seaweed through a cascading circular bioenergy system integrating anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2020, 128:109895.
  2. Deng, C., Kang, X., Lin, R., & Murphy, J. D. Microwave assisted low-temperature hydrothermal treatment of solid anaerobic digestate for optimising hydrochar and energy recovery. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2020, 395:124999.

Contact

Dr David Wall – david.wall@ucc.ie

Dr Chen Deng – chen.deng@ucc.ie