The MUSIC project aims to facilitate market uptake of Intermediate Bioenergy Carriers (IBCs) by developing feedstock mobilisation strategies, improved logistics and IBC trade centres. The project will develop strategies to manage the use of non-food biomass, improving logistics and IBCs market. Converting biomass (e.g. forest residues, straw) to IBCs makes the material denser in energy, more homogeneous and thus easier to transport, store and use. Technologies for the biomass conversion, like fast pyrolysis or torrefaction, are rapidly developing. MUSIC will develop 4 case studies across Europe in co-operation with both large industries (e.g. steel producer Arcelor Mittal, oil company ENI) and SMEs (e.g. technology developers BTG-BTL and Torr-Coal), to determine the most cost-effective routes for biomass and IBC mobilisation. Furthermore improving the trade of intermediate bioenergy carriers both on regional and EU level is targeted. MUSIC will also involve, engage and support regional stakeholders for the establishment of IBC value chains. RE-CORD is partner of the project and leader of the Italian case study focusing on the strategic case study of Microbial Oil production for ENI biorefineries (Gela and Portomarghera). Moreover RE-CORD will develop an advanced case study to use renewable carbon as feedstock for the Arcelor Mittal steel making plant in Taranto.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action under grant agreement No. 857806