Database to store the examples in the catalogue


One of the aims of the POWER4BIO project is to compile a catalogue containing factsheets on existing bio-based solutions towards resource-efficient biorefineries with tested potential for market uptake (high TRL) for bioenergy production, biomaterials, biochemicals and food and feed.

Within a confidential report, the activities related to the design, development and building of a database for the catalogue are described.

The process has been as follows:

  • Drafting an Excel format with the selected content topics (deliverable D3.1, matched with deliverable D2.2) for the solution factsheets.
  • Filling out this form for 2 example solutions by each of the partners involved in the description of the bio-based solutions of the catalogue (future deliverable D3.3), in order to find bottle-necks and potential ways to solve the issues.
  • Draft a final overview of content topics in Excel format.
  • Draft and discuss wireframes of back-end and front-end (user) interfaces.
  • Design, develop and build the database.
  • Develop and build the user-interface based on an initial sketch presented during the Madrid meeting and further development in this activity.

A web-based database to store and access bio-based solutions in the catalogue has been designed, developed and built. The architecture allows feeding of the database with for solutions to be selected in another upcoming deliverable as well as direct accessibility by the end-users. The user may apply different searching criteria to facilitate finding solutions of interest: Feedstock, technology, TRL, product, and words occurring in the solution summary and technology description.

The search results can be presented either in grid or in table form. Details of solutions of interest can be viewed, exported to PDF and printed if wished. The web-based database is ‘platform agnostic’, employing design attributes intended to work on any operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac, IOS, Android) that uses a ‘standards-compliant’ browser; the POWER4BIO catalogue can be easily installed on any smartphone device and deliver an app-like experience to its users.

The database will be filled with content in the next task of POWER4BIO: Description of the bio-based solutions of the catalogue (deliverable D3.3). Finally, all collected information and its IT architecture will be integrated in the Bioregional Strategy Accelerator Toolkit (BSAT, deliverable D2.4).

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