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The Project BioMAN

Bio-valorization of the Mantua Chemical Cluster through the planning of a non-food supply chain and its conversion to bio-products

The story of the Chemical Cluster of Mantua is characterized by the constant leak of competitiveness of the industries based on fossil fuels; this situation caused a strong leak of jobs and a potential environmental damage. As consequence of the low prospective of success of the traditional industries, and with the necessity to find sustainable options related to the green-economy, it has gradually determined a movement of interest for new industrial initiatives more sustainable and eco-friendly, based on local vegetable raw materials. This opportunity is generated by the existing logistic potential represented by the river port, the waterway and the rail connection.

This change of business model from traditional industry to bio-refinery industry needs to analyzes two important aspects: that the supplies are constant and stable (in terms of availability and price), and that don't create a competition with the ground currently used for the production of food and feed.


Targets

The main target of the project is study and develop a supply plan for the biomass during a year in a system of short chain (maximum 70 km around Mantua), to use as raw material of wood and cellulose nature in a second generation bio-refinery. This plant, through process of biotechnology conversion, could produce bioethanol, biomethanol, xylitol and bio-products (bio-particle board, biochar), reuse the lignin and saline effluents and produce sub-products with high added value (polyphenols, tannins, sugars, and other elements to potential access to the nutraceutical market).

 

Strategies

To overcome the problems related to the change of use destination of the ground and the competition between the food and non-food crops, it will follow a holistic approach using the crop residues with little or no use in the agricultural chain (rapier corn, peaks poplar and rice straw), growing evergreen non-food species (arundo donax and rotationforestry of poplar) in grounds that was subjected to industrial pollution with the purpose of phytoremediation. Will also reused the natural flora of the humid area, following the opportunities offered by the Decree on the “biorefineries”. Will be encouraged logistical modality of supply and storage with low environmental impact and low energy consumption, considering the local demand of bio-products for the creation of a circular economy.

The biomasses will be processed, for demonstration purpose, for the production of bioethanol, xylitol, light particle board, biochar, extraction of phytocomplexes.

 

Results

It will be adopted a new production process for bioethanol/biomethanol that will provide an opportunity for the development of new industrial initiatives in the province of Mantua and in the bordering areas.

 

Description

It will be guaranteed the most complete reuse of the coproducts and effluents, for the sustainability of the project initiative also under the environmental aspect. All the project phases will be monitored under the energy profile to give full economic meaning to the initiative.

 

Partnership

Polimi - Department of Chemisrty, Materials and Chemical Engineering (leader)
Province of Mantua
Research Centre and Research Technology AGIRE
INSTM - Interuniversity Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials
Consortium Italbiotec

 

 

Duration of the project

Start   02 February 2015
End     31 July 2016

 

The Project is co-financed by the Cariplo Foundation

 

 

 

DATE OF THE PROJECT:
March 2015, meeting with the associations of agricultural category:  presentation .

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