Digital twins for the optimization of agrifood value chain processes and the supply of quality biomass for bio-processing

Project: EU project

Project Details


The EU agri-food sector is at a crossroads. The sector endures a string of crisis, suffering from losses and inefficiencies that affect the overall system efficiency, whilst the society expects always more to be done on environmental protection, and on providing secure, nutritional, and healthy food, demanding high added value products of sustainable production and verifiable traceability. To tackle these challenges, BBTWINS will develop and validate two innovative digital twins in two use cases in Spain and Greece (meat and fruit production) following a multi-actor approach and integrating into a single platform all the processing steps (from crop to final products) and the valorisation of the bio-streams generated using innovative processing treatments. The use cases will be addressed following a holistic approach including an environmental, social, and economic assessment, and logistic issues. The digital twins developed will integrate enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and software analytics, together with blockchain and strategic and operational logistic solutions in a single platform. BBTWINS digital twins will: (i) increase biomass availability, resource efficiency and sustainability for the bio-based industry, (ii) lower biomass losses from feedstock supply through the processing stages of the value chain; and (iii) allow a longer storage time before processing through more efficient pre-treatment steps and storage methods to better preserve the valuable components. BBTWINS will validate at least 3 new products for the bio-based industry such as bioactive compounds for nutritional foods and nutraceutical products, fertilizers, protein concentrates for feed, and snacks. The BBTWINS multi-actor consortium is constituted by 3 RTOs, 7 SMEs, 1 Bioeconomy Cluster, 1 Large Enterprise, and 1 cooperative in 8 EU countries with the necessary knowledge and ambition to succeed in the digital revolution of the agrifood sector.

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101023334. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.
Effective start/end date1/06/2131/05/25

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Soltec Ingenieros
  • PANOimagen s.l.
  • Zabala Innovation Consulting S.A.
  • An-Gaz Aneta Błaszczyk
  • Cluster Βιοοικονομίας και Περιβάλλοντος Δυτικής Μακεδονίας (CLuBE)
  • StelvioTech UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
  • Porcino Teruel S.A.
  • Agricultural Coop. of Velventos "Dimitra"
  • Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
  • Centro para a Valorização de Resíduos (CVR)
  • Revolve Media
  • Asociacion para la investigacion desarrollo e innovacion del sector agroalimentario (AIDISA) (lead)


  • European Union - Horizon 2020
  • Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
  • Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • biomass
  • agricultural sciences
  • artificial intelligence
  • natural sciences
  • agricultural biotechnology
  • H2020-EU.2.1.4.
  • H2020-EU.3.2.6.