CERESiS - ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for Soil Improvement to liquid biofuel Strategies

Research and Innovation Action in Horizon 2020, 11/2020-04/2024, https://www.ceresis.eu/

The flyer and brochure of the project can be reached here.

Project description

The project aims to provide a win-win sustainable solution to (a) scaling up non-ILUC biofuels production and (b) cleaning contaminated lands by facilitating land decontamination through phytoremediation, growing energy crops and producing clean biofuels.

The project is based on three pillars:

  • The phytoremediation pillar will identify a range of promising energy crops, focusing on key contaminants worldwide.
  • The technological pillar will optimize two clean biofuel conversion technologies, Supercritical Water Gasification & Fast Pyrolysis integrated with novel contaminant separation technologies.
  • The Decision Support pillar will develop an open access, modular and expandable Decision Support System (DSS) able to identify optimal solutions for each application. It will incorporate land, phytoremediation, technological, economic, environmental parameters providing critical information to stakeholders & policy makers on the suitability of combinations of phytoremediation strategies and conversion technologies for particular sites, contaminants, environmental restrictions etc.

Decision Support System and user requirements definition

In terms of the Decision Support System (DSS) development, we are now focusing on the definition of the user requirements. As a potential user of this DSS, your insight on this matter is of great significance to us so we would like to ask you for your input, thoughts, and suggestions.

The collection of the user requirements is performed based on the following simple question “what I am interested to know?”.  This question is broken down in the following depicting the user stories that are short, simple descriptions of a feature told from the perspective of the person who desires the new capability, usually a user or customer of the system.

They typically follow a simple template: As a < type of user >, I want < some goal > so that < some reason > and this is a bit further elaborated, by providing the who, what, why, input and output.

Therefore, we kindly ask you to provide your user stories based on your expertise by completing the following questions. As an example, an indicative user story is presented, as collected from the partners of the project.

It is estimated that 15 minutes will be required to answer to this survey.
 
All information that you provide in this survey will be treated as strictly confidential. Contact details are asked with the sole purpose of being asked for clarifications (if the need arises).

For further information you can contact Dr. Nikolaos Stathopoulos, n.stathopoulos@exergia.gr.

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* 1. User Story Short Name: Please name your story with a short name (it could be related to a specific functionality)

Example: Soil improvement

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* 2. User Story Description: User stories are short, simple descriptions of a feature told from the perspective of the person who desires the new capability, usually a user or customer of the system. They typically follow a simple template: As a < type of user >, I want < some goal > so that < some reason >.

Example: DSS end-user (farmer or regional authority) needs to know how the contaminated land can best be decontaminated and reclaimed

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* 3. Who: Please break down the previous User story description by providing a clear answer regarding the ‘who’.

Example: Land operator/Problem Owner (farmer, land agent, etc.), regional authority

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* 4. What: Please break down the previous User story description by providing a clear answer regarding the ‘what’.

Example: Ensure that the optimum land decontamination strategy can be identified for the particular land, contaminant and climatic conditions

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* 5. Why: Please break down the previous User story description by providing a clear answer regarding the ‘why’.

Example: To understand how and when land can be decontaminated

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* 6. Inputs: Please describe the required input

Example: Land location, contaminants, climatic conditions

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* 7. Outputs: Please describe the required output

Example: Information regarding the ideal energy crops to use and optimum crop management strategy to adopt. When land will reach a particular desired level of decontamination

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