News from this ERA-Net
The overall objective of WW-Net 2 was to promote the transformation of the European F-BI from a resource-intensive to a value-added knowledge-intensive, innovative and globally competitive industry based on the sustainable use of renewable raw materials. The steps to reach the above stated overall objective were:
- Creating and establishing a common research and funding platform for long-lasting cooperation by deepening and broadening the cooperation of the national funding organizations and by inviting partners from additional new countries to join the platform;
- Assisting raw material optimisation (and efficient utilisation of raw material properties) in the development of innovative, eco-efficient processes, products and services along different forest-based value chains and thus promoting competitiveness of the sector; and
- Promoting the utilization of cutting-edge knowledge for new applications at the cross roads between different technologies and disciplines - transformation of F-BI from traditional separate value chain industry to optimized multiple value chains industry which addresses to customer needs, reduced resource consumption and increased value creation.
Besides the overall objective, there were defined the following specific objectives:
- Broadening, strengthening, streamlining and deepening the cooperation at the European and national levels within the forest-based sector and with other relevant sectors. The final goal is long-lasting cooperation.
- Broadening, deepening, streamlining and strengthening the joint activities, including strengthening the existing ongoing transnational research programme to cover the whole innovation chain from science to business by launching new calls, reinforcing industry involvement and developing management of a transnational programme.
- Launching new calls (the goal was to further develop the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme by launching two joint calls for projects in 2009 (Joint Call 2) and 2010 (Joint Call 3)).
Mapping and scoping activities
WoodWisdom-Net has been very active and successful in tying together all relevant stakeholders of the forest-based sector. One of the Work Packages "Strategic Network Development" was especially allocated to this task. The proactive dissemination activities have led to good visibility as the programme has been actively present at all important conferences and meetings within the sector. As the call themes have very often been interdisciplinary, the network has opened up to other domains which proved to be very fruitful and culminated in the joint call with another relevant ERA-NET, ERA-NET Bioenergy. As a consequence, the forest-based sector is now better equipped with competencies for a successful collaboration with other disciplines in larger projects. First efforts in using networking instruments like COST have been undertaken and should be increased.
Following the first call conducted by the WoodWisdom-NET under FP6, two more calls were launched by WW-NET 2.
Second call 2009
The 2nd joint call for proposals "Sustainable, competitive processing and end-use concepts for forest-based industries" was launched in autumn 2009. Call 2 was focused on applied research and development projects and the themes and topics for the call were defined by the national funding organisations together with industry, based on strategies described in the SRA and NRAs of the forest based sector. The focused call topics were aimed at activating industry partners to participate more in the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme and to create closer interaction between the research community and applied product development.
This resulted in 38 proposals, involving partners from 17 different countries and additional associated countries such as Belgium and Brazil. After evaluation by an international Expert Panel, nine projects were funded and these started with a kick-off session at the WoodWisdom-Net Programme seminar in Paris in February 2011. The total volume of the projects is over EUR 13 million: public WW-Net funding 68% ( nine million euros), industrial funding of the company projects 8% (one million euros), industrial funding of research projects 12% (EUR 1.5 million), and research centres' own funding 12% (EUR 1.5 million).
List of selected projects sorted by main research area:
Research area 1. Improving the performance of energy and resource efficient timber construction (massive or light-weight, new construction or renovation concepts) with new concepts, tools and processes considering total building performance.
- Acuwood - Acoustics in wooden buildings overview. Coordinator: SP Trätek (Sweden). Participating countries: Sweden, Germany, Switzerland
- ECO2 - Wood in carbon efficient construction overview. Coordinator: Aalto University (Finland). Participating countries: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Austria
- smartTES - Innovation in timber construction for the modernisation of the building envelope overview. Coordinator: Technische Universität München (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Finland, Norway, Austria
Research area 2. Creating new business opportunities through innovative wood and fibre-based products and composites with properties optimised to the end use requirements and sustainable use of resources.
- Lilo - High Impact Lignin-Cellulose- Composites for Logistics - Development of advanced lignin-cellulose-composites with high impact properties for modular pallets and components for transport systems overview. Coordinator: Tecnaro GmbH (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Finland, Latvia, Turkey
- MouldPulp - Development of Durable, Fully Bio-Based Thermoplastic Composites from Bioplastics and Pulp Fibres for Injection Moulding Applications overview. Coordinator: Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Sweden, Finland
Research area 3. Increasing the competitiveness of the forest-based value chain by strategic technology renewal, new business strategies and production systems.
- CTPro - New Forest Industry Production Systems Based on High-speed CT Scanning overview. Coordinator: SP Trätek (Sweden). Participating countries: Germany, Sweden, Italy
- HI-FRETECH - High-frequency impregnation of wood overview. Coordinator: Georg- August-Universität Göttingen (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Norway, Spain, Denmark
- WoodSens - Developing and implementing formaldehyde online-senor systems in wood-based panel processing. Coordinator: Georg-August-University of Göttingen (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, France, Spain
Research area 4. Optimising end-of-life of wood based products considering their total life cycle.
- DEMOWOOD - Optimisation of material recycling and energy recovery from waste and demolition wood in different value chains. Coordinator: FCBA (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, France, Finland
Third call 2010
The 3rd call of WW-Net was arranged together with the ERA-NET Bioenergy. This Joint Call 2010 for "Sustainable forest management and optimised use of ligno-cellulosic resources – Bridging gaps between research disciplines, producers, consumers and society" was launched on September 15, 2010. In this call the ERA-NETs WoodWisdom-Net 2 and ERA-NET Bioenergy aim to step up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national and regional level by joining forces to promote innovative research and cooperation to help optimise the use of trees and forests. The public funding is jointly provided by 19 national funding organisations from Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom between 2011 and 2014.
During this 2-step call there were 81 pre-proposals submitted and out of these 40 proposals were invited to the second step. The full proposals were peer-reviewed by an international Expert Panel and based on the ranking list collected by the Expert Panel the Call Committee then recommended 13 projects to be funded within the framework of the available national budgets. The total value of these 13 projects is close to EUR 21 million, the share of public WW-Net funding being EUR 13.7 million and the rest (ca. seven million euros) coming from other co-funding sources (industrial co-funding etc.). As well as the main participants, some of the projects have partners from Austria, Brazil and Chile.
List of selected projects sorted by main research area:
Area 1. Forest for multiple needs of society, including enhanced productivity and optimised use of forest feedstock
- AgroCop - Maximizing Timber and Energy Wood Production by Innovative Agroforestry Systems with Short Rotation Coppice as Intercrop. Coordinator: Forstliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden- Württemberg (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, France, Ireland, Italy
- BIOFOAMBARK - Bark Valorization into insulating Foams and Bioenergy. Coordinator: Institute for Forest Utilization and Works Science and Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF) (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Finland, Slovenia, France, Spain, Italy
- COOL - COMPETING USES OF FOREST LAND – The future of integrative and segregative policy and forest management approaches in Europe. Coordinator: Institute of Forest and Environmental Policy (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Spain, Norway
- RegioPower - A regional IT-based platform for bringing resource needs and land-based resource production together. Coordinator: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, associated partner in China
- WOP – WoodSupply. Coordinator: University of Helsinki (Finland). Participating countries: Finland, Sweden, Germany
Area 2. Advanced products and technologies for primary wood processing and manufacturing of wood and fibre-based products
- Cell-Assembly - Self-Assembled Biomimetic Wood-Based Nanocomposites. Coordinator: Aalto University/Physics (Finland). Participating countries: Finland, Sweden, Germany
- LBTGC - Load Bearing Timber-Glass Composite Structures. Coordinator: Vienna University of Technology (Austria). Participating countries: Austria, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Slovenia, Chile, Brazil
- PowerBonds - Enhancement of Fiber and Bond Strength Properties for Creating Added Value in Paper Products. Coordinator: Tampere University of Technology (Finland). Participating countries: Finland, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria
- WOBAMA - Wood Based Materials and Fuel. Coordinator: KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). Participating countries: Sweden, France, Finland, Poland
- WoodApps - Improvement in collaboration along the wood value chain through knowledge-based methods and mobile applications. Coordinator: HCN e. V. - High Competence Network (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, Ireland
Area 3. Advanced biofuels and biorefineries
- GREASE - A novel lipid platform to sustainable bio-based products from low-value forestry streams through multi-functional fatty acids. Coordinator: VTT Technical Research Centre Finland (Finland). Participating countries: Finland, Germany, Turkey, Sweden, Italy, Finland
- PINOBIO - Pinosylvins as novel Bioactive Agents for Food Applications. Coordinator: University of Eastern Finland (Finland). Participating countries: Finland, Spain, Latvia, Slovenia
- ProLignin – High-value products from lignin side-steams of modern Biorefineries. Coordinator: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland). Participating countries: United States, Germany, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Finland, Brazil