During the recent UN Climate Change Conference, a tighter goal for the planet’s climate change was set: sometime between 2030 and 2050 human activity is meant to become emissions-free. Bioenergy is the most potent way to achieve this tremendous goal. A potential investor in bioenergy faces several crucial questions: a. which type of biomass is suitable for which valorisation process, b. who produces this biomass, c. how much such biomass is available in each candidate area, d. how distributed are producers, e. which valorisation scenario is the most profitable? This article explains a smart and easy way to illustrate answers the first four questions, while the next article will give an insight on the fifth question.

Our goal has been to create a graphical tool which will provide essential information in a quick and comprehensive manner. “MindMaps” is our answer for the first two questions. MindMaps couple classification techniques with industrial and regional data to produce a knowledge map, which allows the user to pinpoint which valorisation process can be used for which biomass feedstock, who produces the feedstock, who are the main energy consumers and vice versa.

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Geographical information, like the distance between industrial units, farms, the port etc. are best visualised and determined using a map. For this reason a separate GIS tool has been developed. The Geographic Information System (GIS) Tool utilises data from a variety of sources, organised in layers. Information has been mustered from earlier projects related to local bioenergy potential; databases on existing enterprises, land uses and related information held by Municipalities; the European / International project “CORINE Land Cover” on pictorial representation of land uses; inter-industrial connections coming from EPIC2020 deliverable D3.1; post-D3.1 data contributed by the EPIC2020 port partners. Data have been brought to a uniform appearance and handling.

Both MindMaps and the GIS Tool have been bundled into one software Platform, designed to host content, which, so far, can only be altered by the Platform Administrator. A next step is obviously to allow users to create their own scenarios and submit their own data for incorporation.

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In the next EPIC2020 Newsletter, we will deal with the investor question on profitability of valorisation scenarios. Until then, you may visit our Platform at: http://maps.epic2020.eu/