Host – TBW Research, Austria (registered at Technische Universität Wien)
Market uptake of new products and technologies depends on the complex interplay of several factors which include cost, physical properties, compliance with regulation, and existing market structures. Although biobased products may look attractive from other perspectives, a company will have little incentive to develop them unless profitability is ensured. Xavier’s project will focus specifically on AD as a core existing technology and defining the economic case for clip-on modules to upgrade ADs to AgRefine’s biorefinery technology. Initially based in industry with TBW Research and under the supervision of Mr. Michael Mandl, with specific support from Dr. Rabaey (UGent) and Prof. Harasek (TU Wien), Xavier will define biorefinery technology set-ups which can be combined with AD. Specific focus will be given to the integrated production of feed, energy and fertiliser due to the economic importance of these sectors and future sustainability challenges envisaged.
- Undertake an in-depth market analysis of the existing AD and biorefinery sectors, producing market reports in the area of biogas, bio-based products and feedstocks,
- Assess current legislation frameworks in use for licensing AD plants across Europe where different member states have approached licensing in different ways,
- Assess the biorefinery system on an extended scale or parameter matrix beyond currently applied pure economic driven assessment practices,
- Provide an overarching strategy for implementing AgRefine technology including recommendations on future policy frameworks for biogas and biorefinery development.