The CTA Business Development Manager, David Páez, and the Consultant Marta Macías have participated in a coordination meeting of the European project ICT BIOCHAIN, held at the Micronova center of the VTT technological institute, in Espoo (Finland).
The representatives of CTA presented the advances in the development of the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) expected in this project to boost the application of ICT, IoT (internet of things) and industry 4.0 to the biomass supply chains. CTA is one of the 8 EU partners of ICT BIOCHAIN project.
Digitization of biomass supply chains
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Junta de Andalucía (Regional Government of Andalusia) and CTA participate, along with 6 other partners, in the EU project ICT-BIOCHAIN, funded by BioBased Industries (BBI), within the framework of Horizon 2020 to boost the digitization of biomass supply chains.
Biomass is a renewable biological resource that can be used as a source of chemical, biochemical and bioenergy compounds to replace those based on petroleum and its derivatives, thus supporting the development of the Biobased Economy.
ICT-BIOCHAIN has a budget close to 1 million euros, an execution period of two years and counts with 950,000 euros contribution by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) in the Horizon 2020 (H2020) EU’s program for innovation and research.
In 2016, the EU selected 6 “demonstration model regions” to lead the way towards the production of sustainable chemicals, between them Andalusia and Southeast Ireland. For this reason, Andalusia and the Southeast Ireland will be used as pilot regions to develop Digital Innovation Hubs devoted to promote the application of ICT, IoT and Industry 4.0 to the biomass supply chains. The digitization of these supply chains of biomass will make them more sustainable and competitive, thus contributing to the BioBased Economy development in the European Union.