Challenge description

Description of the Challenge The upstream operations related with biomass collection, storing and transportation have a key impact on the costs of supplying the raw materials to be biomass centrals and biorefineries and thus impact on the sustainability of the value chain. There is a need to improve the cost-efficiency of biomass mobilisation and logistics processes, enabling the implementation of the cascade use concept.

The society is concerned with the design of new biomass value chains in the new paradigm of bio economy. The aim is to diversify the biomass sources used for reinforcing the bio energy sub-sector but also fostering the uprise of bio refineries and new industrial applications such as biochemical and biomaterials, under the concept biomass cascade use.

Fundamental requirements and constraints

A major challenge is to reduce improve biomass characteristics (e.g. reduce moisture content), split biomass into different assortments according to its most value-added use, and increase the amount that can be carried in each load, as to reduce the transportation costs. Technology breakthroughs are expected in the biomass mobilization equipment and in the IoT for remote operations management.

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Name of the organisation Biomass Centre for Energy (CBE)
Brief overview

The Biomass Centre for Energy was created in 1989 through a project launched by the Secretary of State for Energy. This project was included in the national energy policy, namely within the energy diversification and the use of natural resources in Portugal.
The CBE is a nonprofit, privately owned, scientific and technical association for technological support and development. It’s endowed with public utility, juridical independence and technical, administrative and financial autonomy, providing it’s owns assets.
CBE has been working for more than 25 years in the area of biomass for energy purposes. It has a broad curriculum of national and European cooperation studies. This experience allows a scientific and technical expertise in biomass issues.

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