Act&Sorb received funding from an Interreg GIST project - Growing Industry through a Sustainability Transition
General target of GIST
GIST intends to accelerate the large-scale experimental implementation of innovative cleantech solutions in the manufacturing industry, as a means of reducing consumption of raw materials. In order to achieve this, large-scale Front End Engineering Designs (FEEDs) and feasibility studies will need to be carried out. In specific terms, these will involve technologies or processes that will significantly reduce the consumption of energy or raw materials, whilst offering considerable potential for upscaling. The aim is to deploy leverage in the form of investments totaling 18 million euros.
The manufacturing industry is responsible for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions in Flanders and the Netherlands. This capital-intensive industry is not currently implementing sufficient cleantech initiatives to enable it to achieve the climate objectives. The reason for this is attributable to insufficient awareness with regard to suitable suppliers, technical experts or potentially relevant technologies (that can be used on an industrial scale). The high development costs and the high risk profile are also playing a part. As a result, few sustainability initiatives actually reach the technical design stage, let alone give rise to investments. This means that we are missing out on a considerable amount of potential that is crucial if we are to achieve the climate objectives.
Act&Sorb's GIST-project - FibreCarb
The next goal of Act&Sorb’s commercialization strategy for FibreCarb is to build and operate the world’s first fibreboard upcycling facility producing renewable energy – electricity & high temperature heat - and high value activated carbons based on a self-sustaining process saving 100 000 trees per year which would otherwise be consumed for activated carbon production.Furthermore, after usage, the spent activated carbon will in first instance be regenerated for extended reintroduction in the market and at the end of its life preferably used for energy production in energy producing facilities.
Until now Act&Sorb has carried out TRL 6 industrial demonstration tests to showcase its innovation at non-commercial scale reaching the so-called ‘valley of death’.
To bridge this phase between the demonstration and full commercial roll-out of the FibreCarb innovation a the first commercial facility will need to be build and operated. This world’s first fibreboard self-sustaining energy producing upcycling facility will increase our technology readiness level by demonstrating our innovation in an operational environment unlocking further investments and enabling commercial roll-out. Nevertheless, due to the perceived high risk as a scale-up in the valley of death, execution of a detailed Front End Engineering Study with predefined KPI’s will decrease this risk and unlock investments.
To achieve this goal Act&Sorb received additional funding of the Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling GIST-project.
FibreCarb GIST-project objectives
The general objective of this full scale FEED-project is to perform a Front End Engineering & Design study of the full scale FibreCarb installation. Four sub-objectives are identified to reach the end goal: tackling the suspensive condition barrier and risk perception of the investor.
A first objective of the proposed project is obtaining an Engineering report with Electrical, Process, Project and Mechanical documentation for the turnkey installation. This is instrumental to showcase the possibilities of our innovation and provide the necessary credibility (e.g. proof to potential clients and investors the benefits of our technology and establish that we can build the installation to deliver activated carbon upon their request).
A second objective is the selection of the best available ground to build the installation. For this a matrix is being developed in-house (no costs included in this proposal). Together with external experts potential locations will be evaluated.
The third objective is performing an Energy study performed by an outsourced expert.
A fourth objective is the environmental effect study in order to decrease risk perception of potential investors/banks.