International Research Projects

With each new project, we are closer to a biofuture.

The international research projects in which RAIZ participates combine the joint efforts of diverse entities to accelerate and consolidate a bioeconomy based on eucalypt forest.

WoodZymes

Extremozymes for wood based building blocks: From pulp mill to board and insulation products

The WoodZymes Project is a Research & Innovation Action funded by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a Public-Private Partnership between the EU (under H2020 framework programme) and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Within this project, eleven participants from four European countries join efforts to develop and provide “WOOD transforming enZYMES” able to work under extreme operation conditions (i.e. extremozymes) for renewable and bio-based intermediates production.
Funding Programme

Duration

36 months (01.06.2018 - 31.05.2021)

Partners

CIB, IATA, IRNAS, CTP, RAIZ, MetGen, FCBA, Navigator, FibEx, FINSA and Soprema.

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LIFE No_Waste

Soils, Forest Protection, Biological Control, Animal Reproduction, Animal Behavior, Geographic Information Systems.

This project looks for the evaluation, demonstration and dissemination of new applications for ashes, from residual forest biomass combustion, in combination with organic waste materials, such as pulp and paper industries biological sludge, to regenerate degraded soils from mining areas
Funding Programme

Duration

48 months (01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020).

Partners

The Navigator Company, RAIZ, EDM - Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro SA, BLC3 - Platform for the Development of Central Inner Region, Polytechnic Institute of Beja and the University of Aveiro.

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PaperChain

New market niches for the pulp and paper industry waste based on circular economy approaches

It concerns the validation, at the industrial scale, of the replacement of natural fillers and aggregates by green liquor dregs and grits in asphalt mixtures and in self-compacting concrete. Results include the demonstration of new applications for inorganic residues such as dregs and grits for asphalt and lime mude for precast concrete.
Funding Programme

Duration

48 months (01.04.2017 - 31.03.2021).

Partners

ACCIONA Infraestructuras, Akzo Nobel Functional chemicals, Boliden, Domsjö Fabriker AB, Storitve za gradbeno mehanizacijo Dušan Holešek s.p., Fundación Gaiker, Greenize, LGI Consulting SARL, Luleå University of Technology, Megavia, The Navigator Company, RAIZ, Sekab Biofuels and chemicals, SZ Infrastruktura, SP Processum AB, Sociedade de Pré-Esforçados de Aveiro SPRAL, Fundación Tecnalia R&I, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, University of Aveiro, VIPAP and of The Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering.

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Processes for value added fibres by innovative Deep Eutectic Solvents

It intends the development of a new, sustainable and techno-economically feasible pulping technology for lignocellulose raw materials based on deep eutectic solvents (DESs). The project results include lignin, hemicellulose and cellulose separation processes at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressures for further processing into materials and chemicals with high added value. Additionally, the scientific findings generated are to be transferred into a process concept level that can be evaluated in relation to the current pulping and product fractionation processes.
Funding Programme

Duration

36 months (01.04.2014 - 31.03.2017).

Partners

The Navigator Company, Mondi, VTT, Voith Paper, University of Twente, University of Aveiro, Stora Enso Oyj, Centre Techniques de l'Industrie, des Papiers, Cartons et Celluloses, Valmet, UPM, Sappi, Metsä and from SCA.

MySustainableForest

Development of applications to support forest management based on high resolution satellite images

This project led by international company “GMV" aims the development of applications to support forest management based on high resolution satellite images. RAIZ is involved with the areas of forest biometrics, forest information and forest ecophysiology, namely, in the collection of information for the quantification of ecosystem services of supply (production of wood) and regulation (climate, water, soil protection and biodiversity).
Funding Programme

Duration

36 months

Partners

GMV Aerospace and Defense SA, RAIZ, Hrvatski Sumarski Institut, Mendelova Univerzita v Brne, Asociacion Forestal de Navarra, Forest Owners Association of Lithuania, Syndicat des Sylviculteurs du Sud-Ouest, Madera Plus Calidad Forestal S.L, Fora Forest Technologies SLL and European Forest Institute.

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