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Turning biowaste into sustainable products: development of appropriate conversion technologies applicable in developing countries

Objective

The project will develop environmentally appropriate and socio-economically sustainable biotechnological processes for converting biodegradable fractions of identified African and Mediterranean agricultural and industrial waste as well as fractions of municipal and animal solid waste into food, feed, value-added products for nutraceuticals and healthcare, biogas and organic based fertilizer. Integrated processes will combine sugar conversion from mainly amylopectins and starchy materials into proteins (for food and feed) with biogas and fertilizer production done in co-digestion of municipal solid waste and manure. Left over sugars from protein production will be used to produce amino acids and lactic acid by bacterial conversion of biowaste to upgrade the fertilizer and for fruit waste storage and food conservation. The technologies to be developed will rely on simple and locally available equipment and naturally occurring microorganisms. Life cycle analysis and socio-economic studies will be undertaken to ensure local applicability in the target countries.
The project will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by improving the management of biowastes in developing countries and thus reducing their potential adverse impacts on human and animal health, the environment and the economy. With partners from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the project also provides an opportunity for EU researchers and third country partners to network and share experiences and best practices. The involvement of small-and medium sized enterprises will contribute to EU’s industrial competitiveness by exposing them to new markets and new product opportunities from waste utilization. Research activities will be accompanied by proof of concept at SMEs and demonstrations by local communities and NGOs. Exchange of best proactices and knowledge-sharing among project partners will be emphasised
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Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

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Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup

Denmark

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 579 830

Administrative Contact

Peter Daugbjerg Jensen (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 204 345

TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 189 400

SIRIM BERHAD

Malaysia

EU Contribution

€ 108 992

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 197 800

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 204 600

THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 238 250

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 123 285

INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VETERINAIRE HASSAN II

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 235 850

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 281 017

ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 114 200

MALAYSIAN AGRI HI TECH SDN BHD

Malaysia

EU Contribution

€ 95 072

BIOVELOP INTERNATIONAL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 95 020

ASSOCIATION MAROCAINE DES DECHETS SOLIDES

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 76 350

AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 160 800

WORLD ASSOCIATION OF INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS

Malaysia

EU Contribution

€ 87 744

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312111

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 885 598,40

  • EU contribution

    € 2 992 555

Coordinated by:

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

Denmark