Project Profile


Re-Direct is investigating 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.


RE-DIRECT hosted its final conference - Biochar and Biomass Resource use for Resilient Rural Communities, on the  11th September 2019 at Ffarm Moelyci, Bangor, north Wales. There was an exciting programme of speakers, demonstrations and workshops. Presentations can be downloaded below:

In the afternoon of the conference, Colin Keyse and Dr. Dave Ellis of  Cwm Harry gave a tour of the farm scale biomass to biochar plant located on the farm. This included the screw press module where the wet, silaged green material is separated into press cake and liquor; the biogas module where the liquor is digested to produce methane and CO2; and the combined heat and power unit that uses the biogas to create electricity and hot water used in the process. There was a mobile biochar kiln in operation (an Exeter Retort) to demonstrate the final step of the process - the conversion of press cake and other biomass to biochar, and an illustration of the types of product that can be made from the outputs. 

The demonstration was followed by the Product Development workshop which was based on Design Thinking methodology and was led by experts from the BLINC Cooperative and Innopreneurship Masters students from University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.  The one-hour workshop encouraged delegates to think outside the box to come up with innovative biochar products. Each delegate team was guided through unique innovation sports exercises by the students to develop creative ideas and connections. Afterwards the product ideas were pitched to the whole group and were evaluated by the other participants to find the winning team!  The session was fun and informative!


Other News !

  • Download the final project wide newsletter here - or the final Welsh project newsletter here
  • See the latest project video here ! Smart Use of Biomass for Alternative Carbon Products 
  • Download our 2nd Newsletter (March 2019) here

  • Severn Wye Energy Agency recently attended the Smart Use of Biomass for Alternative Carbon Products Conference in Baden Baden, Germany (Feb 2019). Hosted by the Eigenbetrieb Umwelttechnik of the city of Baden-Baden, Q21 and UNI KASSEL; RE-DIRECT’s German partners, the event brought together over 75 attendees from around Germany including international expertise and regional and national stakeholders in addition to the European partners from the project and a selection of stakeholders from their regions.  A full report from the conference can be found here, and a short film of the conference can be found here.  

  • Biochar & Activated Carbon Conference held in Claremorris, Ireland, 25th October 2018  - Severn Wye Energy Agency recently attended the Biochar and Activated Carbon Conference in Claremorris, Ireland. The conference was hosted by the Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) and the Western Development Commission (WDC), both RE-DIRECT’s Irish partners.  A report from the event can be downloaded here.
  • Re-Direct is at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany - Our German partners in Re-Direct have identified that one of the main messages of the Conference of the Parties, taking place in Bonn from 6-17 November 2017 (COP 23), is to reduce the production and use of fossil fuel coal – which is exactly what we are aiming to do in Re-Direct. Re-Direct will be represented by three German partners who will network and carry out interviews with visitors and experts throughout the conference.

Visit the project website to follow the exciting progress of our partners at COP 23.

  • The Re-Direct project is now well underway...  and we are hoping to be producing biochar and activated charcoal from many biomass resources during the next 2 years. A large scale activated charcoal production plant will be built at the green waste recycling and wastewater treatment plant in Baden Baden, Germany, in addition to a small, farm-scale plant in North Wales. You can download our first newsletter on the right of this page.  This newsletter gives more details about the project as well as letting you know what we’ve been up to so far.

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