To coincide with the Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2020, the Irish Bioenergy Association are to launch the THREE C project here in Ireland. The project is a three-year Interreg North West Europe funded project which sees 13 project partners from across 6 countries participating in a transnational collaborative initiative aimed at creating a carbon circular economy. The project is the follow up to the RE-DIRECT project which investigated the potential to develop indigenous biochar and activated carbon production from underutilised, waste or residual biomass.
THREE C aims to move beyond the proof of concept stage and instead is focused on promoting innovation and business development in the circular economy based on alternative charcoal products. Biochar, which is a carbon rich solid material made by heating biomass in a low oxygen environment, has a wide range of potential applications largely due to their physical structure – being highly porous, they have large surface areas making them very effective as an adsorbent. Biochar can be used for filtration purposes, to reduce smells and odours, as a soil conditioner and improver as well as a variety of potential agricultural and industrial applications.
The project will look to team up with any SMEs, start-ups or entrepreneurs looking to develop biochar based products or services, and, with the cooperation of project partners from across 6 different countries, provide access to expertise in product development, quality control and marketing.