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Valorisation of food waste to biogas

Objective

Food waste constitutes around 20% of the domestic waste stream in the EU, with approximately equal quantities arising from food manufacture and catering outlets: if food wastes from agro- and food industries are included an estimated total of 200 Mtonnes/year is available, at around 30% organic dry matter (ODM). Because of the high water content of this material, energy can only effectively be gained through biochemical conversion. The approach best suited to this is anaerobic digestion where yields of 400-450 m3 methane per kg ODM can be achieved. The research explores the ways in which this energy potential can be realised through effective collection, pre-processing and optimisation of the fuel conversion technology, and considers how integration of these aspects with improving conversion efficiencies can maximise the net energy gains. It expands our rapidly-developing fundamental knowledge of syntrophic anaerobic microbial interactions, and applies this to the manipulation of reactor conditions in order to achieve stable operating conditions at high loading rates and volumetric efficiencies. It considers methods of upgrading the gaseous fuel product to extend the range of end user applications and the scales at which this technology can be exploited. It takes into account issues of biosecurity when using this material, and quantifies the environmental benefits associated with nutrient recycling which contribute significantly to indirect energy gains. The research combines techniques of waste audit, feasibility study, laboratory scientific investigation, technical-scale trials, plant monitoring, process modelling, life cycle assessment and energy footprinting in order to deliver recommendations for the valorisation with maximum benefit of this energy source as a second-generation biofuel.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 855 012
Administrative Contact
Sonia Heaven (Dr.)

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 320 876
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franco Cecchi (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 189 594
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paolo Pavan (Prof.)
MAA JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 507 434
Address
Building O - Humppilantie 14
FI-31600 Jokioinen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tuomo Varvikko (Prof.)
FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
India
EU contribution
€ 198 874
Address
Hauz Khas New Delhi
110016 New Delhi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Virendra Kumar Vijay (Dr.)
VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTL SERVICES (UK) Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 140 019
Address
Veolia House - Petonville Road 154 A
N1 9PE London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Keith Riley (Mr.)
VALORSUL - VALORIZACAO E TRATAMENTO DE RESIDUOS SOLIDOS DAS REGIOES DE LISSBOA E DO OESTE S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 143 958
Address
Plataforma Ribeirinha Da Cp Estacao De Mercadorias Da Bobadela
2695 709 Loures
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susana Costa Araújo (Ms.)
ANDIGESTION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 401 336,04
Address
Summerleaze Road 7
SL6 8SP Maidenhead
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jason Prior (Mr.)
AEROTHERMAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 215 645
Address
New Town 52
TN22 5DE Uckfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Toll (Mr.)
ECO-SOLIDS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 781,96
Address
Old Milton Road 16 Cheshire House
BH25 6DX New Milton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Anthony Barratt (Dr.)
GREENFINCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 209 238
Address
Milton Parc - Milton Ernest
MK44 1YU Bedford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rebecca Arnold (Dr.)
Metener Oy
Finland
EU contribution
€ 179 922
Address
Vaajakoskentie 104
41310 Leppävesi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juha Luostarinen (Mr.)
JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 111 772
Address
Seminaarinkatu 15
40100 Jyvaskyla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jari Ylänne (Prof.)