Research and Development for a sustainable and competitive Irish biomass industry
The Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB) is an organisation of industry members, academic experts, institutions and government agencies working together to expedite the commercial development of the vast potential of the Irish biomass resource.
Biomass is organic plant matter, including animal, food and municipal wastes. It is generally sourced from agriculture, forestry and aquaculture.
Ireland has one of the highest growth rates of agricultural biomass per hectare of any country in Europe. Combined with an extensive shoreline area the country has enormous potential for development of an efficient, viable biomass industry.
The TCBB has been established to provide Industry members with the ability to leverage the extensive expertise, knowledge, research skills and facilities available in Irish third level institutions in order to create energy and valuable industrial materials from sustainable sources of biomass.
Through the TCBB, industry members can access research expertise from a wide range of academic experts, can access government agencies to inform and influence policy development, and can access funding from national research programmes or from European Framework 7 (FP7) programmes to pursue their aims. It enables the Irish third level institutions to focus their efforts on programmes that are deployable in the commercial world, more quickly benefitting members of society, and the interaction with industry members allows the researchers in the third level institutions to learn from the very significant resources and skills available within the commercial community.