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Four Horizon 2020 proposals were successfully submitted in September 2020


BBI4Europe - BBI Education for Europe


To cope with a raising number of issues such as climate change or environmental pressures, Europe has to be more sustainable and responsible in the use of biological resources. The bio-based industry has the potential to address interconnected societal challenges such as food security, natural resource scarcity, fossil resource dependence and climate change, while also achieving sustainable economic growth. However, this cannot be done without support by universities and research institutions as bio-based industries develop quickly and need constant skills and education matching. The key to maintaining European competitiveness is the effecting collaboration between industry and academia for skills development.  Establishing education centres that collaborate with industry in design and delivery of training programs can be a fast and cost-effective way for countries and industries to create much-needed specialists. Establishing such centres can help drive rapid, targeted improvements in the quality of training. In these centres, governments, employers and training providers need to work together to address these critical skills gaps.


Coordinator: eseia

eseia members participating: Tu Graz, EAStmk, LNEG, UZagreb, BAV, UAS Savonia, Bio-C, UTBv, Green Tech Styria, TU Vienna, TH Cologne


Contact: Tijana.Jokic@eseia.eu





The FullFrac approach is based on an innovative biorefinery concept that uses a sequential biomass pre-treatment strategy– continuous hot water extraction (HWE) followed by a continuous ethanol organosolv extraction (EOE) for wood and a sequence of EOE / HWE / EOE for bark. This sequential extraction strategy enables the selective separation of all biomass components: extractives, hemicellulose, and lignin, keeping the high quality of cellulose for existing production chains. In this 4-year project the partner consortium, constituted by 26 European partners from industry, research and non-profit organisations, will develop the processes and equipment required for continuous operation up to TRL 4-5 as well as validate 6 innovative value chain products and their respective business cases.



Coordinator of 26 partner Consortium: TU Vienna, Prof. Anton Friedl

eseia members participating: TH Cologne, LNEG, TU Graz, UAS Savonia

eseia in a partner role


Contact: Anton.Friedl@tuwien.ac.at



NEXTMET - Next Generation Cleaner Methanol Production from Emitted CO2


NEXTMET proposes a ground breaking photoelectrochemical (PEC) technology to produce methanol from emitted CO2 and water powered by direct sunlight. It addresses a global market of alcohols in excess of $75 billion. Proof of concept of NEXTMET technology will be undertaken and validation of this technology will be carried out at lab scale.  Two promising process routes will be investigated. Methanol will be produced electrochemically in one step and via electrolytic syngas followed by chemically conversion into methanol through an innovative process. For both routes a membrane purification process with very low energy requirements will be developed. This high level of innovation will be attained by pooling the expertise of partners from six European countries, two academic partners from China and two academic partners from USA. Industry is well represented in the consortium by the two SMEs APRIA Systems, NOVIS and by the Associate partner bse.Methanol GmbH.


Coordinator of 12 partner Consortium: Ana Machado, NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT, PT


eseia members participating: LNEG, TU Vienna

eseia in a partner role


Contact: tijana.jokic@eseia.eu







PEACE - Promote Energy transition through public Authorities Capacity building and Energy communities


On the basis of best practices in existing energy communities and on the new legal framework, PEACE proposal will develop an organization model where Public and citizens can invest together in renewable sources and the energy of private plants can be shared. The presence of a PA (Public Authorities) as a member of the energy community can influence decisions on re-investment of benefits generated towards activities foreseen in the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) and finally promote the setup of new energy community. To take advantage of this opportunity, PAs need to improve the skills of officers and to have an effective organization model for energy communities. In this frame, PEACE project will implement a capacity building program on these topics specifically tailored for PAs and will produce a practical example of energy community.


Coordinator: AZZERO CO2 SRL, Italy

eseia in a partner role together with Consiglio Nationale delle Ricerche, IT, Fundacion CIRCE, ES, Centro de Investigacion de Recursos y Consumes Ergeticos, ES, White Research SPRL, BE, TU Delft, NL


Contact: Richard.Wheeler@eseia.eu


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