A first cluster action line is the development and the optimization of innovative technologies and of the efficient processes, through research and development, in order to build a pilot plant for bio.
The cluster will apply innovative technologies to obtain products with high added value, such as natural substances and biomaterials. Their integration with local features allows the creation of sustainable production systems, particularly through access to primary resources, while the direct cost and impact on the environment are relevant.
Renewable resources as raw materials
An important part of the cluster efforts will be directed towards identifying the most appropriate local resources, such as byproducts or dedicated crops, which constitute the raw materials for green technologies, developed to obtain products with high added value. The cluster will stimulate the building of high value chain from agriculture, the high valorization of local resources and the optimization of the use of their positive effect on rural community development and for environmental protection.
The research-development and implementation of their results are being determined directly by the market trends and the cluster priorities include the development and the promotion of bio (obtained fully or partially from renewable raw materials), the low impact on the environment has advantages as well as economically and socially.
Waste Treatment and Diminuishing of Pollution
The research-development is aimed at promoting techniques for the treatment of waste waters, gas and wastes by environmentally friendly based active methods or other combined systems with similar action, able to reduce or to eliminate organic and inorganic pollutants, by their convertion into non-polluting materials.
Framework for R&D Activities
There is a strong current global conversion of industrial sites in biorefineries for the production of bioproducts from renewable resources. Cluster falls within this context, as a coordinator for sustainable economic development, to perform R&D activities, contributing to increase the investment in innovative technologies and into pilot plants.
Encouraging investment in green technologies
Given the current migration of investment from developed countries to emerging countries and the risk of loss of investment in research and innovation in the production of bio, the cluster represents an opportunity for achieving a viable development model, based on innovation and on transfer of know-how from research to production lines, on a competitive market. Special attention will be given to green technologies combined with nanotechnology, meaning high value technologies for environmental protection (water and air purification, remediation and soil conservation) and of the construction area (insulating materials) and renewable energy.
Promoting a green economy through an integrated research-production-chain market
The cluster aims to relaunch investment in research and innovation, leading to the development of green technologies for the production of bio-based raw materials, available and cost competitive, with economic and social benefits.
The cluster would enhance and focus the efforts of its members in terms of maximizing opportunities for cooperation between them, identifying the main areas of research and innovation, to develop and to strengthen current activities in a coordinated way, to speed up the achievement of results and valorization on local, regional and European markets.
Increased competitiveness and preservation of natural resources
A major challenge for GREETINC in bioproducts is to formulate economic and sustainable production processes, capable of leading to products with high value, to justify investment in research and innovation efforts.
Thus, the cluster will act in the following directions:
- Use dedicated crops and the agro-industrial by-products to increase eco-agro-industrial system compatibility;
- Sustainable management of agricultural ecosystems by exploiting plant residues and compost, thereby creating opportunities for additional income in rural areas;
- Promoting the development of new processes and green technologies, to enable efficient use of raw materials and the low environmental impact.
Promoting the green economy through an integrated value chain cluster members
The chain of individual cluster members skills will be integrated at joint projects, which will valorize the expertise and the infrastructure of R&D units and the SME skills and industrial capabilities, integrated with those of SMEs providing specialized services (design, training, promotion, marketing, recovery and waste recycling) and dissemination of successful projects through NGOs channels.
The management of cluster initiatives aims to be a tool of organizing its services closely related to explicit and implicit needs of its members, to increase the mutual benefit of all the parties.