Research & Development
To be at the forefront of ERP innovation, our services are constantly evolving. One of the cornerstones of MHG values is to be continuously learning from our customer cases. In addition, both scientific modelling tools and cloud and mobile technology are rapidly advancing, with more and more opportunities for integrating platforms for biomass production, financial accounting, storage inventories and deliveries, as well as conversion into energy.
One of the ways in which MHG is able to realize this innovation is by partaking in research projects. Below is a summary of the projects in which MHG is currently active.
Integrated processing and control systems for sustainable forest production in mountain areas (SLOPE)
SLOPE (2014-2016) aims to integrate information from remote sensing, UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and TLS (terrestrial laser scanner) surveying systems, in order to support macro and local analysis to characterize the forest resources in mountain areas. Spatial information will be integrated with multi-sensor data in a model for Sustainable Forest Management and for optimal planning and logistics management of forest operations. For more information see the SLOPE website.
Logistics for Energy Crops' Biomass (LogistEC)
LogistEC (2012-2016) aims at developing new or improved technologies for all steps of the logistics chains, and at assessing their sustainability at supply-area level for small to large-scale bio-based projects. It encompasses all types of lingo-cellulosic crops: annual and multi-annual crops, perennial grasses, and short-rotation coppice. Through specific meta-analyses, laboratory tests, field trials, ecosystem modelling and mechanical engineering, the project will deliver recommendations for optimal technologies as well as new equipment and systems. A multi-criteria optimization system will be developed and tested in a set of bio-energy and bio-materials case-studies across Europe. Improved logistics will be demonstrated at pilot and industrial scales in 2 regions (Eastern France and Southern Spain) for existing bio-energy and bio-materials value chains. All technology developments will be carried out with industrial partners, to speed up their transfer to market. For more information see the LogistEC website.
Careers in Sustainability Excellence (CASTLE)
CASTLE (2013-2016) aims at development of sustainability assessment methods that quantify environmental, economic and social impacts are needed for the bio-based economy. Fourteen early stage researchers are employed to refine and improve state-of-the art sustainability assessment methods and apply them to current sustainability challenges in industry and policy making. For more information click here. As part of this project, MHG hosts a PhD student with the aim of developing a GIS-based information feedstock management system capable of environmental impact assessment functionality.
Energy and Environment Partnership Indonesia (EEP)
Production potential of secondary biomass-based energy in Central Kalimantan has been identified to be considerable and, if managed intelligently, could provide local communities and industry alike with improved electricity access. Biomass residues from palm oil, rice and coconut plantations remain largely underutilized, largely due to a lack of understanding of how variability in feedstock supply, infrastructural constraints, and potential electricity demand might affect the financial viability of investments in biomass-based energy plants in remote areas.
This project (2012-2014) aims to provide a framework for strategic identification and evaluation of investment opportunities for bioenergy in Central Kalimantan. The feasibility assessment tool developed in this project will be used to evaluate the social and economic performance of specific bioenergy investment opportunities in the pilot region of Kotawaringin Timur. Ultimately, it hopes to stimulate local development through provision of low-cost and reliable access to low-carbon electricity. For more information see the EEP Indonesia Introduction Sheet.