Nikola Benin. Increase the efficiency of biomass supply chains for the bio-based industry

Nikola Benin, Ph.D

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Scope:

Identify feasible opportunities for ICT to improve the efficiency and sustainability of supply chains through cooperation between biomass suppliers and technology providers.

Proposals should cover several supply chains handling different kinds of biomass coming from multiple sources. Proposals should include a description of the (combined) feedstock and its potential for sustainable value chains.

Proposals should also assess the efficiency and sustainability improvements of logistical supply chains by applying the proposed ICT solutions, including also biomass resource modelling.

Proposals should also address the assembly and financing of new and technically improved equipment possibly required to collect and store feedstock for the bio-based industry, in the short time window after harvesting.

The industry should actively participate to help prove the benefits of the project results to the full bio-based sector.

Indicative funding: It is considered that proposals requesting a contribution of maximally EUR 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Expected Impact:

  • contribute to KPI 1: create at least 2 new cross-sector interconnections in bio-based economy clusters;
  • reduced biomass losses and costs associated with feedstock supply logistics compared with similar existing benchmark supply chains;
  • improved direct involvement and commitment of biomass suppliers and technology providers, and the resulting introduction of ICT in the biomass feedstock supply chain for the bio-based industry.
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