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Integrated European Network for biomass and waste reutilisation for Bioproducts

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Reference no: FP7-KBBE-2007-1
Acronym: AquaTerrE
Period: April 2008 till April 2010
Status: Completed

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  • Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente (ENEA), more, partner
  • University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), more, partner
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU), more, partner
  • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, more, partner
  • Agricultural University, more, partner

AquaTerrE will promote the cooperation between research centres, business and other stakeholders in Europe devoted to the research, development and application of biomass and biofuel production and valorisation. It will aim integration and unification of efforts and the exchange of knowledge and expertise between partners, to promote the creation of a network for improving biomass and waste reutilisation. Mainly, AquaTerrE aims to make an inventory of existing biomass feedstocks in Europe and quantify the potential and identify of the best ones. In addition, to study the best possibilities for implementing
different biomass sources in different environments to improve their utilisation. Pursuing this target, literature and data survey and current research review will be carried out. Furthermore, the scope of AquaTerrE consists also in mapping European biomass feedstocks using different tools as Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Additionally, AquaTerrE expert members will identify economic and environmental impacts schemes to define the optimum Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA is a standardized and structured method for calculating the environmental load of a product, process or activity throughout all its phases. The implementation of a new bio-product/bio-fuel in the market requires the analysis of economical, social and environmental aspects, with the objective of attaining enough information for the decision making progress. The contribution of a LCA study to this project can be framed in the identification of best sources of biomass feedstock as well as other agricultural waste for the sustainable obtaining of bio-fuels and other added value products..

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