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RE-DIRECT will investigate the feasibility of converting unused biomass resources into carbon products.

The EU funded RE-DIRECT project incorporates partners from 5 European countries; Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland and the UK. It builds upon the learning gained from a previous Severn Wye project, COMBINE 

The project will collect cuttings from rural and urban landscapes, which are currently left to rot on site or are burnt. These cuttings will be processed using a range of technologies, including IFBB (Integrated Generation of Solid Fuel and Biogas from Biomass, as demonstrated in COMBINE), pyrolysis and biochar activation technology.

The end products will be biochar and activated charcoal:

  • Biochar can be used as a soil improver and has the added benefit of sequestering carbon into the soil.
  • Activated charcoal has purification properties and can be used to filter pollutants out of water or gas, for example in wastewater purification or power stations' exhaust gases.



Dr Rachel Smith

Project Manager
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