THREE C Project
Interreg North West Europe
The THREE C Project (Creating a Circular Carbon Economy) is a three year Interreg North West Europe funded project that is looking at the further development and introduction of economically viable value chains based on charcoal raw materials from waste biomass.
It is the follow-on project to the successful RE-DIRECT project which investigated the technical, social, environmental and economic viability of establishing indigenous biochar and activated carbon production. The initial scope of that project was looking at the production of activated carbon for the use in wastewater treatment plants. THREE C looks to build upon the success of that project and will look to promote the development of high quality products and value chains based on charcoal raw materials made from local biomass waste streams that are readily available in the participating regions of Germany, France, Belgium, UK, Netherlands and Ireland.
The project is led by an interdisciplinary project team of universities, public institutions, business support and regional development agencies and experts in capacity building, investment and marketing.
Over the course of the project, the following will be developed:
The project also hopes to deliver a mobile demonstration unit which will visit the different partner regions showcasing the processes behind IFBB (Integrated Generation of Solid Fuel & Biogas from Biomass) + Pyrolysis that was at the heart of the RE-DIRECT project.
To find out more, for project updates or information, please contact:
Stephen McCormack, THREE C project officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Or follow us at THREE C Ireland @ireland_direct
The Irish Bioenergy Association launched the THREE C project to the Irish stakeholders as part of the Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2020. With over 100 registered for the webinar, attendees were given an introduction to the bioeconomy sector and its potential here in Ireland. This was followed by an overview of the THREE C workplan and the type of biochar based products and services that are being considered as part of the project. Attendees also heard from Welsh neighbours and THREE C project partners about their involvement in the project and plans at a farm level. Pioneering biochar product development was the topic of the final presentation and this was followed by a question and answers session and panel discussion.
If you were unable to attend you can view the live recording here and presentations here
If you wish to find out more or to get involved in the project, please contact email@example.com
Following the completion of the RE-DIRECT project in 2019, IrBEA and its project partners are happy to have been awarded additional resources to capitalise on the results of the project. This will see the development of biochar based growing media, structures that will aid in the greening of urban spaces, for use in urban gardening and for general exploration of biochar based products and services for use within our urban landscapes.
One such example is the pictured prototype biochar bench developed by our German partners. The bench, which contains a biochar based growing medium , also features embedded biochar within the concrete structure- a means to sequester carbon while providing a community with a functional seat and growing space.
Also pictured is a biochar embedded concrete planter, this time from our partners in the Netherlands.
If you are interested in exploring options for something similar for your locale, please get in touch with Stephen McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org