Cross-Cluster Project “WeReLaNa”

Last updated on: 01 Mar, 2021

Value-creating networks for the use of residues in and from agriculture and the food industry for fostering innovation in bioeconomy

Project objective

The overall objective of the project is to open up innovation spaces for the use of residual materials from agriculture and the food industry – initially in the project region of Upper Franconia, but taking into account transfer potential for the whole of Bavaria – and to network stakeholders along the relevant value chains or networks. In line with the cross-sectoral nature of the bioeconomy, the three project partners Chemie-Cluster Bayern, Cluster Ernährung and Umweltcluster Bayern are pooling their knowledge here. By exchanging know-how from the recycling and chemical sectors to agriculture and the food industry, companies are sensitized to the topic of bioeconomy and biobased business models and processes. The involvement of cluster members and other players is intended to contribute to the emergence of new, cross-industry value creation networks. A constant exchange with other Bavarian networks, committees, institutes and research facilities also plays an important role here. The basis for networking and tapping innovation potential is the creation of an information and data base. In addition, “meeting opportunities” are to be created for actors in this field, in which innovations are initiated, new business fields are developed and the relationship between Bavarian industry and science is strengthened through the transfer of technology and know-how in Bavaria as an innovation location, or new cooperations are initiated.

First steps

Mapping of material flows of biogenic residues and actors: At the beginning of the project, an overview of relevant residual materials and actors in Bavaria, especially in the area of Upper Franconia, is to be obtained on the basis of existing tools and platforms – as a basis for the selection of best practices and to create networking potentials.

Best Practices

One focus of the project is thus the identification of best practices that utilize residual materials in a particularly efficient and ecologically beneficial manner, i.e. on approaches that focus on the up- or recycling of residual materials and take into account the criteria of sustainability and recyclability. By highlighting concrete innovation and savings potentials as well as new, cross-sector business models, the Bavarian agriculture and food industry is thus strengthened.

Further information

Have you already developed solutions? Are you looking for innovative recycling options for your residual materials? Do you have potential uses for residual materials?

If you are interested, please contact Christoph Habel (Tel. +49 162 743 88 25 or Also, feel free to stay in touch with each other in our LinkedIn group!

The project is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, as part of the funding initiative “Cross-Cluster Bavaria Bioeconomy” (project duration: 01.01. to 31.12.2021).

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