New business in distributed food chain with circular economy

The aim is to develop the Biomass Atlas tool to better serve small and medium-sized enterprises in the food chain to accelerate the emergence of local circular bio economy symbioses. The development of the tool starts by combining food and energy production and energy utilization. In addition to energy, the circulation of biomass (carbon) and nutrients in the system is modeled.

The tool calculates the investment needs, economic profitability and environmental impact for the selected value chain. The aim is to create cost-effective value chains where new products are produced from side streams, the inputs to production processes are minimized and the inputs are recycled between different production directions. The tool would open a wide range of new opportunities to build collaboration and create new networked co-operation models.

The new version of Biomass Atlas would serve especially the networking needs of decentralized food production. Decentralized local food production has the potential to decrease the environmental impacts of food production, e.g. through more efficient nutrient recycling, and to strengthen the self-sufficiency of local food production. However, the local entrepreneurs may not have the sufficient resources or expertise to use the by-products in a most efficient way. The new version of Biomass Atlas aims to increase and facilitate cooperation between actors in the food chain.

Project duration
External funding
216 000€
External funding for the University of Vaasa
66 976€
Total budget
308 571€
Total budget for the University of Vaasa
95 680€
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Marketing and Communication
Technology and Innovations
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