DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS (DiHs)

DESCRIPTION

The Digital Innovation Hubs are focussed on biomass supply chains. The consortium is developing first of its kind Digital Innovation Hubs for the bio based sector, bringing together established Model Demonstrator Regions (biochemical hubs), including biomass suppliers and bio-industry with digital technology experts and other multiactors (agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, academia, local authorities) to realise the opportunities of the “digital bioeconomy”.

They will work to create an eco-system of suppliers, end user markets and ICT specialists forming value chain coalitions with tailored structures and support to allow Model Demonstrator Regions to realise the opportunities ICT technologies offers to the bioeconomy. Led by a competence centre which includes VTT Research, Fraunhofer IML and Strathclyde University (nationally) and ITT and CTA (regionally), the digital innovation hubs (located at two designated Model Demonstrator Regions in South East Ireland and Andalusia) will have access to identified supply chain-specific ICT, IoT and Industry 4.0. solutions, best know-how, access to technology and other supports. As supply chains and end markets are already being developed within, the 2 model demonstrator regions provide an optimal test-bed location for the establishment of DIHs for the biobased sector. The regional variation between Ireland and Andalusia, will ensure that a broad range of feedstocks are covered within the scope of ICT-BIOCHAIN.

IRELAND

COUNTRY

South-East Ireland Model Demonstrator Region, is centred on site of the former lead/zinc mine in Lisheen, Co. Tipperary. The Lisheen site is being reconverted to Ireland’s national bio-economy campus, and supports the reindustrialization of rural Ireland towards a sustainable biobased economy. The biomass potential identified in Ireland as a whole amounts to >2 million tonnes of tillage crops, 1.2 million tonnes of straw, 37 million tonnes of livestock waste, 550,000 tonnes Animal by-products, >100,000 tonnes spent mushroom compost, >160,000 tonnes brewers’ grains and circa 1 million tonnes underutilized wood residues. Within the ICT-BIOCHAIN project a more detailed regional breakdown of bioresources available is being undertaken. The South-East Ireland MDR is in the heart of Ireland’s strong agri-food sector. The Lisheen MDR is home to the AgriChemWhey Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking Flagship initiative focused on the production of biochemicals and other value added products from dairy residues. It is also home to a national multi-purpose biorefinery pilot plant, which will support scale-up up of activities in an industrial setting. The Campus is managed by ICT-BIOCHAIN partner, the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation, who represent a cohort of industry and academic stakeholders focused on scaling up Ireland’s bioeconomy. The region will leverage on expertise and key initiatives of foundation partners, including Beacon Bioeconomy Research Centre, Shannon Applied Biotechnology, AgriChemWhey, AgriForValor, BioEire and Biorefinery Glas.

OBJECTIVES

Eco-System Development

The ICT-BIOCHAIN Digital Innovation Hub will create an eco-system of biomass suppliers, biobased industries, ICT technology and business development experts to support the development of efficient biomass supply chains for Ireland’s National Bioeconomy Campus.

Access to technology

The Digital Innovation Hub will allow biobased industries, primary producers and other bioeconomy stakeholders to access ICT advisory services and digital technology networks to support development of more efficient biobased supply chains and industries.

Access to bioresources:

The Digital Innovation Hub will allow bioeconomy stakeholders to access advisory services on Ireland’s bioresources for building new value chains. Bioresources include dairy residues, horticulture residues and lignocellulosic residues.

EVENTS

Several events have been held throughout the project by the Irish Digital Innovation Hub:

• On June 13th 2019 Ireland’s National Bioeconomy Campus hosted the launch of the First Digital Innovation Hub in Ireland. Together with the launch event, a knowledge transfer day was organised to introduce modern technologies with a high potential to increase efficiency, competitiveness and reduce biomass losses across specific value chains.

• On October 16th, the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation held ICT-BIOCHAIN’s Demonstration Day, as part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2019. Companies with novel ICT, IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions for the bio-based sector demonstrated their technologies in a real operating environment. The day involves the following three site-visits in and around Co. Limerick: Coillte’s Connected Forest, Ceilignis labs and BHSL Hydro’s facilities.

• On November 21st, it was held the ICT-BIOCHAIN: Digisting the Bioeconomy – Investment in Ireland’s Bioeconomy.

• On April 2nd we are hosting a Train-the-trainer workshop, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium. You can find more information and register for free through this link: http://bit.ly/ICTBIOCHAINtrainthetrainer

STEERING COMMITTEE - CONTACT POINTS

Filippo Giancarlo (Philip) Martinelli
Irish Bioeconomy Foundation
info@bioeconomyfoundation.com
DIH Hub Manager & Business Development Manager

 

 

 

Helena McMahon
Institute of Technology, Tralee
helena.mcmahon@staff.ittralee.ie
Bioresource Advisor

 

 

 

 

James Gaffey
Institute of Technology, Tralee
james.gaffey@staff.ittralee.ie
Bioresource Advisor

 

 

 

Jennifer Attard
Institute of Technology, Tralee
jennifer.attard@staff.ittralee.ie
Bioresource Advisor

 

 

 

Pat Doody
Institute of Technology, Tralee
pat.doody@staff.ittralee.ie
DIH Technology Advisor

SPAIN

COUNTRY

Andalusian Model Demonstrator Region is in the south of Spain, being represented on the project by the Andalusia Government (CAGPyDS). One of the reasons for Andalusia’s unique bioeconomy potential is that it features a large agricultural sector. Over 44,3% of its surface area and 8,4% of its work-force are dedicated to this sector. Beside that, Andalusia’s agro-food industry is one of the main economic drivers of the region, which it is extended all over the Andalusian area and is widely present in rural areas. The biomass resources come mainly from olive grove, as well as the fruit and vegetable sector, as Andalusia is the world’s largest olive producing region and home to a highly innovative horticultural sector. Global Andalusian biomass potential currently identified includes 1,322 ktoe of agricultural waste, 77 ktoe of livestock waste, 1,023 ktoe of industrial waste, 322 ktoe of forest biomass; 620 ktoe are of energy crops and 591 ktoe of urban waste.

OBJECTIVES

CAGPyDS count with previous experience, gained from the development of Andalucía Agrotech DIH obtained during the implementation, by other working groups and DIHs, such as the current S3P Agri-Food on Traceability and Big Data 24. The ICT-BIOCHAIN DIH will be embedded in the Andalucía Agrotech DIH and will be focussed on biomass supply logistics of the following value-chains:

Olive and olive oil waste

Andalusia is the main producing region of olive products worldwide, with an agro-industrial network composed of 800 mills, 16 olive oil refineries 211 seasoning plants and 40 plants for the extraction of pomace oil.

Vegetable waste

Andalusia produces approximately 4.208.599 tonnes per year of vegetable wastes and by-products, equivalent to 56% of the Spanish volume.

Algae

Andalusia has unique potential and experience of large scale algae cultivation. The region has a well-developed market for renewable energy and as such, the use of biomass has also very much developed towards liquid biofuels (11 plants in total) first position at national level, 18 Biomass Power Plants, 17 Biogas plants for electric use, and 24 composting plants.

EVENTS

Several events have been held throughout the project by the Andalusian Innovation Hub:

• On June 4th, 2019 CTA and Junta de Andalucía hosted the launch of the Andalusian Digital Innovation Hub in Seville. Together with the launch event, a knowledge transfer day was organised to introduce modern technologies with a high potential to increase efficiency, competitiveness and reduce biomass losses across specific value chains.

• On November 7th, the ICT-BIOCHAIN Demonstration Day was held. Companies with novel ICT, IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions for the bio-based sector demonstrated their technologies in a real operating environment. The day involved site-visits to EMASESA, Instituto de la Grasa and Oleícola El Tejar, as well as a presentation by Cítricos del Andévalo.

• On March 18th, the Investor Day will take place in Seville. It will provide information on public and private investment, there will be a pitching contest in which the winner will receive consulting services from CTA, and attendees will have the opportunity to network and hold bilateral meetings with investors.

• On April 2nd we are hosting a Train-the-trainer workshop, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium. You can find more information and register for free through this link: http://bit.ly/ICTBIOCHAINtrainthetrainer

STEERING COMMITTEE - CONTACT POINTS

 

 

Judit Anda Ugarte
Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería Pesca y Desarrollo Sostenible Hub Manager
judit.anda@juntadeandalucia.es

 

 

 

 

Joaquín Pozo
Biorizon Bioresource Advisor (algae)
biorizon@biorizon.es

 

 

 

 

 

Javier Valverde
Grupo Empresarial La Caña Bioresource Advisor (horticulture)
info@cnature.es

 

 

 

 

 

Ricardo Arjona
EC2CE ICT Advisor
info@ec2ce.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria de la Viña
CTA Business Development Advisor
bioeconomia@corporaciontecnologica.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedro Sánchez
Oleícola El Tejar Bioresource Advisor (olive)
oleicola@oleicolaeltejar.es
info@oleicolaeltejar.es