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Process for sustainable phosphorus recovery from agricultural residues by enzymatic process to enable a service business for the benefit of European farm community

Objective

PhosFarm addresses the increasing market for a sustainable and economically phosphorus (P) recovery from agricultural residues to meet growing demand for food, bio-fuels and bio-materials. Recent studies demonstrated that the EU is highly vulnerable to the foreseeable P scarcity because of its entire dependency on imported phosphate rocks for the fertilizer production. To avoid this dependency, new technologies have been developed to recovery inorganic P as phosphate salts. Agricultural residues are the most important source for P-recovery, but more than 40% of the P is present as organic compounds. Thus, this share is not available for precipitation as P-salts. PhosFarm is a partnership of European SMEs that recognized the business opportunity of recovering P from agricultural residues by a novel process that recovers both organic and inorganic P. They have identified scientific information about feasibility to convert organic P to phosphate by an enzymatic mineralisation and aspire to come up with an industrial process. Key innovation will be the advanced phosphate recovery through a controlled enzymatic release of more than 90% of the organic P. The result will be an increased phosphate concentration in the liquid fraction, available for P-salt precipitation. The solid fraction will be an excellent soil conditioner, compounded on customer’s demand with the precipitated salts achieving an optimal N/P ratio, minimising the risk of over-fertilisation. PhosFarm can produce P2O5 for 0.94€/kg compared to today’s market price of 1.20€/kg. SMEs will be able to generate €30mill. revenues within first 5 years by manufacture of the equipment, supply of beads for enzyme immobilisation and another €42 mill. by operation or license of the process and trade of products. PhosFarm supports various European Directives about waste and renewable resources like EU Waste Policy or Water Framework Directive (200/60/EC). Products will meet Council regulation (EC) No 2003/2003.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 19 338
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (9)

CHIRALVISION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 199 674
Address
Hoog-harnasch 44
2635 DL Den Hoorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rob Schoevaart (Dr.)
GELTZ UMWELTTECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 198 071
Address
Kerschensteinerstrasse 6
75417 Muhlacker
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Geltz (Mr.)
HECKMANN MASCHINENBAU UND VERFAHRENSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 149 620
Address
Hespenweg 20
27313 Dorverden Hulsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Heckmann (Mr.)
PURINES ALMAZAN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 141 720
Address
Carretera Gomara Km 2.8
42200 Almazan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcos Diaz (Mr.)
AGRO ENERGIE HOHENLOHE GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 129 141
Address
Bachstrasse. 48
74635 Kupferzell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Karle (Mr.)
ASB GRUNLAND HELMUT AURENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 61 913
Address
Mittlerer 19
70499 Stuttgart Weilimdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ute Herrmann (Ms)
SERVIMED ALMAZAN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 140 523
Address
Ronda San Francisco 15
42200 Almazan Soria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Gomez (Mr.)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Winnie Dejonghe (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Per-Anders Hansson (Prof.)