IrBEA are partners in the RE-DIRECT project. This is an international partnership co-funded by the Interreg North-West Europe programme of the EU Regional Development Fund. RE-DIRECT aims through a holistic approach to promote the efficient use of natural resources and materials by converting residual biomass into carbon products and activated carbon at smart regional decentralised units. The project brings together biomass waste producers, industries and research organisations to develop a new circular economy.
The project is assessing a number of feedstocks for their suitability to be pyrolyzed and converted into biochar and activated carbon. The project aims to create a network for alternative carbon products and promote the collection, production and value chain management of alternative coal and carbon products as a starting point to circular economy.
The German partners are building the first RE-DIRECT biochar plant at a biomass conversion centre in the city of Baden-Baden. The technology being tested is called “Integrated Generation of Solid Fuel and Biogas from Biomass (IFBB)”. The goal is to convert 20.000t of unused biomass into carbon products. A pilot plant is also being deployed in Wales.
The Western Development Commission are partners representing the Western region of Ireland and is working together with IrBEA on delivering this initiative in Ireland.
IRBEA’s involvement does not yet involve a technology investment but does include several supporting activities such as:
Assessment of new feedstocks
IrBEA is assessing regional feedstocks and sampling for technical testing in both Germany and Wales:
- Green compost has been sent for testing.
- Gorse has been harvested and shredded and sent for testing
Additional feedstocks are being sampled in other regions which are potentially relevant to the Irish regions including rushes and bracken.