European-Canadian partnership for climatepositive heat and power production
Climate change is widely recognised as the most significant challenge facing humanity today, with a strong push needed for uptake of renewable energy. Bioenergy will play an essential role in the energy mix, being one of the few renewables that is not intermittent.
EUCANWin! has three ambitious goals:
- To increase the viability of the biomass supply chain from forests by involving artificial intelligence
- To increase the electrical efficiency of combined heat and power through Biomass-fired Top Cycle technology (BTC),
- To achieve this in combination with negative carbon emissions
Specifically, EUCANWin! will:
- Support the knowledge transfer of biomass availability information (Forest Biomass Atlas) to Canada, as an open service to support the bioeconomy;
- Investigate opportunities to transfer tree-length harvesting expertise from Canada to Europe;
- Develop a prototype On-Board Intelligent Biomass Analyser, including artificial intelligence and self-learning capabilities, to improve logistics and allocation;
- Double the efficiency of electrical conversion via the Biomass-fired Top Cycle (BTC) concept;
- Determine the most effective Bio-CO2 capture technology for the BTC process;
- Provide an economic and environmental assessment of the biomass supply chain;
- Carry out a social impact assessment of the proposed technologies to support a fair and equitable low-carbon transition.
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EUCANWin! will run from April 2021 to March 2025. Additional information on the project can be found at the European Commission’s CORDIS page. The project website will launch in mid-2021.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101022829.
RISE role in project
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Greenovate! Europe, University of British Columbia, McGill University , Geonardo Ltd., Research Centre on Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE), Zabala Innovation Consulting SA, Phoenix Biopower AB