Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Anna

Contact Surname: Piterina

Contact Address:

Room 122, Orbsen Building; National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 851740472

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: National University of Ireland, Galway

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Technology Centre for Biorefinery and Bioenergy

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
The Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB) is an organisation of industry members, academic experts, institutions and government agencies working together to expedite the commercial development of the vast potential of the Irish biomass resource. Biomass is organic plant matter, including animal, food and municipal wastes. It is generally sourced from agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. Ireland has one of the highest growth rates of agricultural biomass per hectare of any country in Europe. Combined with an extensive shoreline area the country has enormous potential for development of an efficient, viable biomass industry. The TCBB has been established to provide Industry members with the ability to leverage the extensive expertise, knowledge, research skills and facilities available in Irish third level institutions in order to create energy and valuable industrial materials from sustainable sources of biomass. Through the TCBB, industry members can access research expertise from a wide range of academic experts, can access government agencies to inform and influence policy development, and can access funding from national research programmes or from European Framework Horizon 2020 programmes to pursue their aims. It enables the Irish third level institutions to focus their efforts on programmes that are deployable in the commercial world, more quickly benefiting members of society, and the interaction with industry members allows the researchers in the third level institutions to learn from the very significant resources and skills available within the commercial community. Key Goals of TCBB The Vision of the Technology Centre for Bio‐refining and Bio‐energy is to provide cutting edge research and development outputs to support a sustainable and competitive Irish biomass (bioenergy and bioproducts) industry. The key goals for the Technology Centre will be: To marry the excellent capabilities within Irish third level institutions with those of its industrial partners to develop economic and sustainable bio-processes for the conversion of biomass feedstocks to bio-energy, bio-plastics, and other industrial and consumer bio-products. To facilitate and support the deployment of industrial bio-processes in the near term, with a view to enhancing Ireland’s competitiveness and economic performance. To ensure that the development of Ireland’s biomass industry is integrated, consistent and keeping pace with the best European and international programmes for the economic development of sustainable bio-processing. To develop intellectual property on second generation feedstocks and bio-processing technologies that enables participating companies to provide lowest cost competitive bio-energy (i.e., transport fuel and electricity), valuable co-products and technology licenses to the worldwide market. To develop pilot scale facilities that can demonstrate high-potential bio processes for the production of attractive bio-energy and bio-products, and can act as a training centre for industry operatives and academic students involved in the bio-industry. To act as an impartial advisor to government and other policy bodies enabling the development and deployment of informed public policy that supports the development of the bio-industry. Research Areas The principal objective of the Research Programme is to identify and develop those biorefining and bioenergy activities that hold the greatest commercial promise, and to develop them into commercial reality as quickly as possible. The TCBB research programme will concentrate on developing efficient industrial processes that will make the bio-industry a reality, and will integrate these activities with the feedstock research and development programmes of its specialist affiliates, and with product development programmes of its industry members, to establish a complete end-to-end value chain for the Irish bio-industry. 1. NEXT-GENERATION FEEDSTOCK ANALYSIS This research theme is investigating high-potential, next-generation feedstocks, such as grass and algae, that do not compete with food, and can achieve a higher energy balance and a greater potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions relative to current bioenergy and biorefinery feedstocks. (A feedstock is the raw material source used in a biorefining process to produce bioenergy and co‐products.) 2. CONVERSION PROCESS TECHNOLOGY This research programme will examine the options for various conversion technologies, in particular enzymatic and thermochemical techniques, to unlock the energy and co‐product potential from feedstocks with a particular relevance to Ireland. 3. COMMERCIALISATION The onward commersialisation of the platform chemicals created from the initial feedstocks to finished products for specific markets.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
National Development and Growth-Industrial Synergies in BioBased Economy- Support to SME/Large Companies within BioBased Sector- Industrial Sustainability- National Development Strategy Novel Products from Wastestreams - Biotechnology and Bioprocess Development - Science and Technology and Innovation for BioEconomy - Irish Biomass/Waster characterization and Conversion to high-value chemicals-_ Anaerobic Digestion- Fermentation-Pre-treatment technologies for Biomass- Knowledge Tranfser - IP and Commercialisation Facilitation of development and growth of National and EU and Global network within BioBase sector - Technologies Demonstration, Piloting and Commercialization- Resource Efficiency- Resource Recovery -Development and Implementation Continuing Education Programme for the growth and support of industrial BioBased Sector- Public Awareness

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

 Promoting competitiveness in the water industry

 Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

RENEW and Bio-Base NWE project

Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Improve the knowledge base on the availability of raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

 Find alternatives for critical raw materials

 Improve societal awareness and skills on raw materials

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 Foster resource efficiency through digital systems

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Cultural heritage

 Identifying resilience levels via observations, monitoring and modelling

Focus Areas

 Personalising health and care

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

Our organisation is involved in \"REsource innovation Network for European Waste\" and Bio Base NWE INTTEREG projects. 1. ReNEW project - a network of organisations working together to deliver innovations for recovery of valuable materials from waste - to support the development of the circular economy. The project aims to build a dynamic trans-national, cross-sector innovation network, transforming the waste sector of North West Europe by improved innovation in the recovery of valuable resources. It will stimulate the collaboration of researchers and SMEs together with public bodies in North West Europe working to develop recovery processes meeting future market needs and will accelerate innovation through a series of targeted support measures in an “innovation pipeline” which will select the most promising processes and support their development, exploitation and commercialisation.Process innovations will provide a route for sourcing, e.g. platform chemicals, phosphate, heavy metals and other secondary raw materials, thus decreasing the burden for their extraction from the natural environment. Innovations for optimising emerging processing and extraction processes will be demonstrated at pilot-scale using local waste streams. Selected technological processes will be demonstrated and optimised for their output of valuable materials. Technical and business experts will provide advice, training and technical support to process development; process control and analytical support will be available for process optimisation.Business experts will assist with process commercialisation, enabling companies to take advantage of lead markets identified though the project. Overall the project will contribute to transformation of the waste sector in NWE. 2. Bio Base NWE project -Bridging the innovation gap of biobased breakthroughs- To accelerate the growth of the biobased economy, EU and local partners joined forces by providing financial, technological, training, networking and political support to enterprises in North West Europe (NWE) innovating in biobased products and processes. The Bio Base NWE network, representing leading biobased economy experts, advises entrepreneurs from across Europe on how to develop new ideas into marketable products, from the first feastability study or market analysis up to funding and investment scenarios. the Bio Base NWE partnership consists of seven European key players in the biobased economy: Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BE), Bio Base Europe Training Center (NL), Cluster Industrielle Biotechnology (CLIB2021, DE), Ghent Bio-economy Valley (GBEV, BE), National Non-Food Crop Center (NNFCC, UK), REWIN (NL) and Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB, IRL).Innovation coupons are an important tool of the Bio Base NWE project. These 10.000€ innovation coupons provide Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with access to the facilities of Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, an independent and flexible state-of-the-art pilot plant for biobased technologies.

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


 Environmental Governance and Information

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

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