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IASIS

Curing contaminated and saline land with Industrial crops and producing biomass for high-value applications

Project details

Type of project
Research & Innovation Action
Project focus
Bio-based chemicals
Feedstock origin
Agri-food waste
Feedstock type
Food industry sidestreams
Project period
1 October 2024 - 30 September 2028
Status
Upcoming
CBE JU Contribution
€ 4 999 9
Call identifier
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2023

Summary

IASIS aims to provide solutions for curing both contaminated and saline land through phytomanagement. The project’s team will cultivate eight high-yielding non-food crops on the affected land as  biomass feedstock for the development of bio-based products. This cascading biorefinery approach will create economically viable value chains and generate additional income sources for the involved farmers. Optimised crops and phytomanagement strategies will be tested in labs and field studies across eight European sites. The project will develop 10 intermediate and 10 end-products from oilseed and lignocellulosic crops. Sustainability and feasibility assessments will identify the best biomass-to-product pathways, supported by a Decision Support System and applicable business models. 

To achieve its purpose of using industrial crops to treat contaminated and salt-affected soils, IASIS has the following objectives:

  • Evaluate and optimise the industrial crops' suitability to restore contaminated and salt-affected soils.
  • Test and validate the cultivation of industrial crops to restore contaminated and salt-affected soil.
  • Involve farmers through engagement and training to enable them to produce feedstock for bio-based products.
  • Apply a cascading biorefinery approach to produce extracts from industrial crops and their conversion into high-value products.
  • Ensure economic viability and sustainability of value chains, end products, and applications of bio-based products.
  • Provide tools that allow identifying and assessing pathways for the use and conversion of biomass for high-value applications.
  • Engage relevant actors to exploit, communicate, and disseminate IASIS findings. 

IASIS expects to have impacts at scientific, economic, and societal levels, namely:

  • Providing scientific evidence on the performance of eight industrial crops despite contaminants and salinity.
  • Increasing technical competencies in new feedstock extraction and their processing in added-value bio-based products.
  • Reducing the cost per unit of feedstock, promoting the lower price and increased availability of raw materials due to the low or negative cost of using contaminated/saline lands.
  • Enhancing supply chain resilience by using domestic renewable feedstocks.
  • Enabling the establishment of industry and research networks.
  • Offering alternatives to fossil-based raw materials, as well as generating job opportunities and additional income for farmers.
  • Reducing competition with the food supply chain by using contaminated and saline soils.
  • Promoting further scientific knowledge by sharing guidelines, recommendations, and data.
  • Reducing the risk of investment by sharing the first results and promoting applications in other industries.
  • Enhancing the knowledge of the decontamination potential of various industrial crops and cultivating practices on contaminated and saline soils.
  • Increasing the land value by both decontaminating in the long term and producing biomass feedstock to support bio-based industries in the short term.
  • Reducing human exposure to contaminants and improving the health of the local population. 

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Project coordination

  • CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION Pikermi, Greece

Consortium

  • NOVAMONT SPA Novara, Italy
  • UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE Liege, Belgium
  • CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON Thermi Thessaloniki, Greece
  • ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION ATHINA, Greece
  • UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE Besancon, France
  • ILIOS SYMVOULEFTIKI E.E. AGRINIO, Greece
  • UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA Lisboa, Portugal
  • GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON ATHINA, Greece
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA Bologna, Italy
  • ETA - ENERGIA, TRASPORTI, AGRICOLTURA SRL Firenze, Italy
  • COMMUNAUTE D' UNIVERSITES ET ETABLISSEMENTS UNIVERSITE BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE - COMTE BESANCON, France
  • BIO4PLAS BIOPOLIMEROS LDA CANTANHEDE, Portugal
  • WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY Wageningen, Netherlands
  • UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ Lublin, Poland
  • QUADRADO SELVAGEM LDA SETUBAL, Portugal
  • CELABOR SCRL Herve Chaineux, Belgium
Partners
  • UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN Louvain La Neuve, Belgium