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pHYBi

PHYtomanagement as a sustainable feedstock source of lignocellulosic-based high-value BIo-based products for textile applications

Project details

Type of project
Research & Innovation Action
Project focus
Textile
Feedstock origin
Forestry waste
Feedstock type
Lignin & wood residues
Project period
1 October 2024 - 30 September 2028
Status
Upcoming
CBE JU Contribution
€ 4 991 538,75
Call identifier
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2023

Summary

In Europe, the potential for cultivating industrial crops as bioeconomy feedstock lies in degraded, polluted, and saline soils, rendering them unsuitable for food crop production. Amidst the challenges confronting Europe's bioeconomy, with approximately 80% of land dedicated to settlements, agriculture, and infrastructure, the pHYBi project directly tackles the critical issue of sourcing sustainable feedstock without competing with food crop cultivation. 

The purpose of pHYBi is two-fold: first, to combine soil phytoremediation with lignocellulosic biomass valorisation in a circular economy model for high-value-added applications in the textile industry; and second, to establish a replicable framework for sustainable industrial crop production on degraded lands. 

The project proposes specific case studies involving the cultivation of woody and herbaceous crops in polluted and salt-affected soils. Additionally, pHYBi will develop and validate various strategies that involve fungi and bacteria inocula and organic and inorganic (nano) amendments to improve crop health and growth, as well as to ensure that phytomanagement practices result in improved soil conditions and ecosystem restoration. 

Furthermore, pHYBi emphasises social innovation, engaging stakeholders across the value chain to foster acceptance and adoption of the bio-based products. The project aims not only to address immediate challenges, but also to pave the way for broader adoption of sustainable practices in Europe's bioeconomy.

The pHYBi project aims to link the production of high-yield biomass in degraded and polluted soils, following phytomanagement practices, with a complete biomass extraction and valorisation process for lignocellulosic fractions (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) through a sustainable process. The main objectives include:

  • Investigating and monitoring existing and newly implemented pilot phytomanagement sites.
  • Testing, optimising, and validating a set of phytomanagement strategies based on woody and herbaceous industrial crops in selected field sites at TRL 5.
  • Optimising the valorisation process and characterising its end applications for market uptake.
  • Deploying a virtual replication tool for simulating the phytomanagement process in other European territories and connect the biomass producers with the biorefinery industry.
  • Proving the technical, economic, social, and environmental feasibility and positive impact of the pHYBi processes.
  • Characterising and applying lignocellulosic fractions to create a well-planned market route for the potential end-applications in the textile industry.

The pHYBi’s results will directly contribute to:

  • Increasing the potential for growth on degraded polluted land for two types of high-yield feedstocks: woody feedstock (poplar, birch, and willow) and herbaceous/fibre feedstock (Miscanthus and hemp).
  • Enhancing knowledge on sustainable options to extract and recover added value compounds as well as on the processing of biomass into high-value products.
  • Developing breakthrough scientific knowledge on characteristics and quality of biomass grown on contaminated and salt-affected soils, as well as in areas such as agronomy, plant physiology, bioinformatics, microbiology, etc. related to phytomanagement systems.
  • Developing guidelines, recommendations, thresholds, and restrictions related to the utilised biomass in the form of specific case studies.
  • Improving the environmental condition of post-industrial and other relevant areas affected by soil contamination or salinity, in view of their future reconversion to other uses (agriculture, recreation etc).
  • Significantly contributing to the objectives of the R&I mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, expecting to reduce soil pollution and enhance restoration, while reducing the EU global footprint of feedstock provision for the bio-based economy by using land that does not compete with food crops.
  • Increasing the availability of high-yield feedstock by unlocking the potential for cultivation in polluted soils; showing proven technical and economic feasibility of feedstock valorisation.
  • Advancing restoration of polluted and salt-affected soils through environmentally-friendly strategies.
  • Bringing together a multidisciplinary team with experts in plant and soil science, chemical engineering and biorefineries, computational science, textile materials and products, agroindustry, and market analysis for knowledge exchange and social innovation.

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Project coordination

  • IDENER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGRUPACION DE INTERES ECONOMICO LA RINCONADA SEVILLA, Spain

Consortium

  • MISCANTHUS DOO ZA PROIZVODNJU I USLUGE Zagreb, Croatia
  • PHYTOWELT GREENTECHNOLOGIES GMBH Nettetal, Germany
  • UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE Besancon, France
  • NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R L Prato, Italy
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS Burgos, Spain
  • FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DE INVESTIGACION MULTISECTORIAL Culleredo, Spain
  • STEINBEIS 2I GMBH Stuttgart, Germany
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO OVIEDO, Spain
  • COMMUNAUTE D' UNIVERSITES ET ETABLISSEMENTS UNIVERSITE BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE - COMTE BESANCON, France
  • DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB ON LIVESTOCK ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE & FOREST Burgos, Spain