Deliverable 5.5 - Strategic Roadmap

Abstract

This deliverable describes a strategic roadmap for implementing RES URBIS at cluster level, based on the assessment of quantitative economic performances in terms of Costs and Benefits of RES URBIS technology described in D5.4.

We considered here a model roadmap for the implementation of RES URBIS at granular level, based on the findings of the project. In order to implement the strategy is very important to identify a promoter, with a potential investor role if a private investor, or co-funding authority if a public organization.

The integrated strategic roadmap comprehends local strategic roadmap and granular level and key factors for replication.

In this study we start from a long list of promoters that we considered for the adoption of RES URBIS technology at full scale, which has been restricted through a validation process to get to a list of prioritized clusters which should be the starting point for demo projects.

The current strategic roadmap is based on the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) landscape of RES URBIS clusters, analysed in D5.4, where costs and benefits for the operations of a plant converting bio-waste into PHA integrated in the existing AD infrastructure has been considered. In this way, synergy scenarios with biogas existing value chain rather than competitive scenarios are considered as basis for the implementation of RES URBIS.

Here we consider RES URBIS Territorial Clusters: Barcelona, Lisbon, South Wales, Trento and Rovereto, Copenhagen, represented in the consortium. Their needs in terms of bio-waste and treatment and infrastructure of each cluster has been considered in D5.4, based on description and analysis of present waste management systems (as performed in D1.1) and are here taken as basis for the strategic roadmap.

Additionally, the Waterboards of the Netherlands are an additional territorial cluster potentially interested in RES URBIS approach at demo scale, with a full-scale perspective.

With respect to investors, RES URBIS has identified a private company potentially interested in the investment in RES URBIS technology at full scale, where the biopolymers would be used within the company supply chain. This strategic investor would solve the issue of distribution because of direct market entry of the PHAs from RES URBIS in the company supply chain, therefore this would give the perspective of a distributor role to the investing company in case of replication across Europe.

Moreover, discussions with other potential investors including a VC fund, a multinational engineering company and one of the seven supermajor oil companies are ongoing.

The roadmap presented here does not provide guarantee that funding for financing investments in the amount necessary to support this project, will be available. The engagement of potential investors for realizing RES URBIS at full scale is a further step to be undertaken beyond project; in this study we consider the related activities as part of the road map.