24 März 2015

BioFoamBark: Bark Valorization into Insulating Foams and Bioenergy

Invitation to the final workshop on 8 May 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The BioFoamBark team invides to it’s final workshop to present the results and get in touch with stakeholders for future collaborations. The workshop is devoted to the presentation of the results obtained in the frame of the WWN project BIOFOAMBARK and will take place on 8 May 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

BioFoamBark is an European project on the valorization of softwood bark tannins into insulating foams and bioenergy in it’s final phase. The project targets at developing fully bio-based tannin foams in order to substitute petroleum based foams. The tannins are extracted from the bark of prevalent softwood species in Europe. Further components for the foam formulation like glycerol and furfural or nanocellulose can be recovered as by-products from biodiesel and the pulp and paper industry. One aim is to develop foams with excellent properties for application as insulating building materials and for conversion into synthesis gas at the end of the product life. In this project also the environmental performance, techno-economic feasibility and market potentials of those biomaterials were assessed. Therefore the central technological developments will be guided by the sustainability and economic viability of the products.

The consortium is funded by WoodWisdom-Net/ERA-NET Bioenergy program and started 2012 for a period of three years. It is coordinated by Prof. Marie-Pierre Laborie from the Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Science (FobAwi) at the University of Freiburg (Germany). Other partners are VTT (Espoo, Finland), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Université de Lorraine, LERMAB (Epinal, France), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems ISE (Freiburg, Germany), Ledoga Srl. (San Michele Mondovi, Italy) and nova-Institut GmbH (Hürth, Germany).

The nova-Institute conducts a techno-economic evaluation of the production processes in the BioFoamBark project. This includes market research in order to evaluate the market potential of bio-based insulating foams from bark as well as a techno-economic evaluation, the calculation of performance measures and the identification of cost reduction potentials and first strategies for market introduction.

You will find in attachment the 2-page announcement of the workshop with the programme and further information. Your participation would be highly welcomed by the BioFoamBark project partners. The workshop is free of charge.

Flyer-Biofoambark-final workshop

Source: nova-Institut GmbH, 2015-03-24.

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