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A novel anaerobic DIGESTer solution in AIR transport for on-board safe and efficient waste management

Project description

Anaerobic digestion of airplane food waste

Airlines are a big source of food waste. According to the International Air Transport Association, airlines produced 5.2 million tonnes of waste in 2017, and the figure is set to double by 2030. While the statistic includes a host of disposable products, around 20 % is directly linked to the food service and another 20 % to packaging plastic waste. An additional important source of waste is wastewater from toilets. The EU-funded DIGESTAIR project is investigating the use of anaerobic digestion – microorganisms breaking down food waste in the absence of oxygen, removing pathogens and producing methane at the same time – to further improve onboard waste management. If successful, it will significantly reduce the environmental impact of passengers and will allow much more competitive management of Category 1 waste generated on international flights. The DIGESTAIR solution will be transferable to other sectors like cruisers and sea transport.

Coordinator

ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT
Net EU contribution
€ 312 407,50
Address
Paseo Manuel De Lardizabal 15
20018 San Sebastian
Spain

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 312 407,50

Participants (1)

CITD ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGIES S.L
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 80 000,00
Address
Avda Leonardo Da Vinci 15 Pedif Blanta 2 Parque Empresarial La Carpetania
28906 Getafe Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 80 000,00