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.



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.


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.


On June 13th 2019 Ireland’s National Bioeconomy Campus will host a showcase event focused on the digitisation of Ireland’s agri-food, forestry and bioeconomy sectors. The event will shine a light on the opportunities for technology to play an important role in improving the efficiency and integrity of Ireland’s rural supply chains.


Filippo Giancarlo (Philip) Martinelli
Irish Bioeconomy Foundation
DIH Hub Manager & Business Development Manager



Helena McMahon
Institute of Technology, Tralee
Bioresource Advisor



James Gaffey
Institute of Technology, Tralee
Bioresource Advisor



Jennifer Attard
Institute of Technology, Tralee
Bioresource Advisor



Pat Doody
Institute of Technology, Tralee
DIH Technology Advisor



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.


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.


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.

  • DIH launch & A knowledge transfer day – 4th July: DIH structure presentation and introduction of modern technologies with a high potential to increase efficiency, competitiveness and reduce biomass losses across specific value chains. [include link to agenda, registration, etc]
  • A demonstration day of ICT tools for biomass value chains: A field trip or on-site exhibition in which tools for supply chain enhancement are demonstrated to members of the newly established DIH groups. More info coming soon!
  • A business opportunities and cross-sectorial value chains day: newly established business opportunities will receive technical and business support and mentoring to consolidate regional innovations, understand technical implementation, identify barriers and develop business models. More info coming soon!
  • Investment day: Consolidated business models will pitch for funding at an investment day using regional funds, or private investors. (e.g. through CTA, Sustainable Nation, Enterprise Ireland etc.). More info coming soon!


Information of the DiH launch in Seville






Judit Anda Ugarte
Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería Pesca y Desarrollo Sostenible Hub Manager





Joaquín Pozo
Biorizon Bioresource Advisor (algae)






Javier Valverde
Grupo Empresarial La Caña Bioresource Advisor (horticulture)






Ricardo Arjona
EC2CE ICT Advisor









Gloria de la Viña
CTA Business Development Advisor







Pedro Sánchez
Oleícola El Tejar Bioresource Advisor (olive)