Work Package 1WP1
Underutilised tree & shrub species screening
O.1.1. To select the most promising underutilized species according to their ecological requisites and their chemical composition for the bio-based industries;
O.1.2. To evaluate tree and shrub species as feedstock for the new BeonNAT bio-based value chain;
O.1.3. To assess marginal lands selection according to the legal framework.
Work Package 2WP2
Biomass cultivation, harvesting, logistics and supply plan
O.2.1 To test the benefit of intercropping/mixed-forest in marginal forest or agricultural land versus the natural growing in three different European countries (Spain, Germany, Romania); O.2.2 To provide final industry partners the feedstock(Biomass) supply for the BeonNat refinery;
O.2.3 To establish final species for every final product/application;
O.2.4 To test different harvesting and logistics systems in order to evaluate the whole value chain of the studied products;
O.2.5 To characterise biomass waste to BeonNat biorefinery self-supply.
Work Package 3WP3
Essential oils and vegetal extracts
O.3.1 To develop and test an innovative concept of harvesting baling and on-site distillation; O.3.2 To characterize best methodology to obtain high added-value compounds with functional properties;
O.3.3 To establish the best final species for essential oil and biochemical production;
O.3.4 To describe final product specifications;
O.3.5 To identify and isolate added-value by products for bioplastics (WP4) and absorbent for pets (WP6) production.
Work Package 4WP4
PLA bioplastics for packaging
O.4.1. To produce fermentable sugars from the fibrous residue remaining after extracting herbal extracts;
O.4.2. To test and characterise lactic acid production from this new feedstock;
O.4.3. To test and characterise poly-lactic acid production;
O.4.4. To produce a new added-value bioplastic with bioactive properties due to the by-product (WP3) incorporation;
O.4.5. To produce the packaging required for cosmetic applications.
Work Package 5WP5
Biochar and active carbons production
O.5.1. To test and characterise Biochar and Active Carbon production from new feedstock; O.5.2. To establish the requirements for Biochar and Active carbon as final products.
Work Package 6WP6
Development of new absorbents for pet industry
O.6.1 To define the best species and additive formulation for pet industry absorbents;
O.6.2. Selection of optimum process parameters for pellet production;
O.6.3 To prepare a basic design for commercial scale production of pellet absorbents;
O.6.4 To evaluate the techno-economic viability of new bio-based added-value absorbent pellets production.
Work Package 7WP7
Wood pulp and particleboard preparation
O.7.1 To test and characterise the production of wood pulp from biomass;
O.7.2 To test and characterise the paper production from wood pulp;
O.7.3 To test and characterise the production of particleboards from biomass;
O.7.4 To establish the requirements for final products.
Work Package 8WP8
Market, biodiversity and value chain sustainability assessments
O.8.1 Selection of the final underutilized species for BeonNat refinery;
O.8.2 To identify main areas of marginal land suitable for growing BeonNat species in three different European countries.;
O.8.3 To perform and intermediate environmental, social and economic life cycle assessment of BeonNat value chains focused on critical issues to steer the development process in the right direction;
O.8.4 To evaluate all final BeonNat bio-products environmental, social and economic impacts from a life cycle perspective and compare their environmental impacts with respect to products aimed to be substituted;
O.8.5 To demonstrate the economic and environmental feasibility of the BeonNat production process at pre-industrial scale;
O.8.6 To demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of BeonNat production processes in bio refinery case studies and identify its social impacts;
O.8.7 To ensure a sustainable forest management and feedstock traceability through sustainable forest management and chain of custody certificates;
O.8.8 To deliver a final assessment of BeonNat value chains from a multiple criteria point of view including business aspects.
Work Package 9WP9
Communication, dissemination and exploitation
O.9.1 To facilitate the communication between partners and with different audiences;
O.9.2 To disseminated project results among target sectors, industry and scientific community; O.9.3 To maximize the impact of BeonNat results through appropriate exploitation strategies.
Work Package 10WP10
O.10.1 To form a strong organizational structure to achieve effective and result-driven management;
O.10.2 To ensure that goals and objectives are clearly defined and visible throughout the project;
O.10.3 To monitor progress among planned and actual activities. To identify risks and issue corrective action plan as necessary;
O.10.4 To setup active administrative and technical management during the project life, ensure timely delivery of all the management and technical reports to the EC and efficient financial management