Good practice cases in practical applications of agro and forestry side-streams processing

Good practice cases in practical applications of agro and forestry side-streams processing

Main topic: Good practices, case studies, pilots
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Framework project: Bringing added value to agriculture and forest sectors by closing the research and innovation divide
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In this report we characterised and collated current good practices that valorise agricultural
and forestry biomass sidestreams. Good practice cases in practical applications are
described for three biomass hubs spread over Europe (Andalusía – Spain, Nagyalföld –
Hungary and Ireland) and for the EU.
In total, 29 good practices were identified that valorise biomass sidestreams. 6 good
practices have food/pharma applications, 2 have feed applications, 9 have applications for
functional materials/fine chemicals, 4 have applications for fertilizers and 17 have fuel
applications. The identification of good practices was not the result of a systematic review, so
it cannot be considered as representative for the number of good practices in the hub regions
or the EU. However, the outcomes may indicate some directions of development.
With 6 good practices identified for food/pharma and 9 for functional materials, there seems
to be quite a bit of attention for these applications. Good practices with applications of
functional materials are mainly identified on EU level. Because of the high level of added
value, it might be worth to explore more possibilities. The good practices identified in this
report might be a first step for inspiration.
Only 2 feed applications are identified, located in Spain. Because of the expected increase in
demand of meat due to growth of population and welfare, an increase in feed is needed.
Therefore it is desirable to put more emphasis on feed production.
By far, fuel applications are the most identified applications of biomass sidestreams in the
good practices (17 out of 29). Good practices identified produce more than one output
product e.g. olive waste (pomace and stones) used for functional foods, pharmaceuticals,
cosmetics, animal nutrition and the secondary waste is used as fuel. Forestry sidestream
biomass is widely used for energy production through combustion. More efficient, but also
more complex and more costly techniques are used on EU level (gasification, torrefaction,
pyrolysis) producing more than one output product (e.g. biogas, bio-oil, lignin, biochar). It
might be worth exploring possibilities for scaling up these techniques.


Countries/regions described/represented: Hungary, Ireland, Spain
Year: 2016