The first project of the Hub

The development of a Research Library for the Organics Recycling industry

Overview

The first project of the Research Hub is titled: 'The development of a Research Library for the Organics Recycling industry.' The project was selected and a contractor appointed in 2019. The project commenced in June '20, and was completed as scheduled in January '21. 

Following a competitive tender period, the contract for the first project of the Hub was awarded to NNFCC.

The Research Library is an online platform compiled of research undertaken across the composting and anaerobic digestion industries, with effort being focussed particularly on the past decade and on research that is of relevance to the UK.

The Library not only collates research that has been carried out across the industries, but it also highlights ‘research gaps’; areas of research that are limited or absent altogether. The Library content will advance industry knowledge, inform areas of focus for future Research Project Proposals to be submitted to and taken forwards by the Hub, and in turn drive industry forwards.

The total cost of the first project of the Research Hub is £68,674 (excl. VAT).

The Research Library can be found at: www.realresearchlibrary.org.uk. 

Note images below of the Library 'Login' page, as well as the 'Research Library' (containing collated research) page of the platform, respectively. 

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Contractor 

NNFCC, in partnership with Vital, were selected as the project contractor in December 2019. 

REAL worked closely with NNFCC throughout the project duration, hosting monthly team meetings and fortnightly one-on-one meetings, between Olivia Furssedonn, Research Hub Manager, and Lucy Hopwood, Project and Technical Manager for NNFCC.

REAL are particularly pleased to have worked with NNFCC on the project, benefiting from their knowledge and insights within the Organics Recycling industry. From the outset, NNFCC grasped the concept of the project brilliantly, the outputs of which were enhanced by NNFCC's impressive profile of contacts and affiliates, alongside their history of experience across the sector. 

Lucy Hopwood said: "We were delighted to be selected to work with REAL on such a key and influential project for the Organics Recycling industry. In such a dynamic sector, the Research Library will be extremely valuable in informing the focus of future research. 

Given the significance of the UK's Net Zero ambition, further development and improvement in the industry is essential to maximise value and minimise impacts, at a time sustained growth, in particular in AD, is expected to continue."

REAL have contracted NNFCC to carry out the Library maintenance for at least one year post project completion.


Benefits

The Research Library is an informative and valuable resource for both the composting and anaerobic digestion sectors.

Key benefits of the Research Library include:

  • The compilation of composting and anaerobic digestion research/literature within a user-friendly digital platform
  • A tool to aid the prevention of research duplication, and in-turn a misuse of research resource
  • Identification of 'research gaps'; areas of research that are limited or absent altogether
  • A reference point to guide, shape, and inform future research proposals submitted to the Hub

Access

CCS and BCS operators are granted priority access to the Research Library. Each scheme participant was emailed their Research Library access details (Username and Password) on Monday 25th January 2021. 

Wider industry may request access to the library, by visiting the webpage and selecting the 'Request access here' option - access is granted on a case-by-case basis. If access is granted, this will be chargeable.


Associated Documents

The Project Brief for the first project of the Hub, which surmises the research and provides justification for its selection, can be found here.

The Tender Invitation Document (TID), which was used to invite potential contractors to tender for the work, can be found here


Any questions related to the first project of the Research Hub should be directed to Olivia Furssedonn, Research Hub Manager, using: olivia@realschemes.org.uk