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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

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/amines
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Denmark
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 579 830
Administrative Contact
Peter Daugbjerg Jensen (Dr.)

Participants (15)

IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 204 345
Address
Po Box 21060
100 31 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan-Olov Sundqvist (Mr.)
TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 189 400
Address
Ataturk Bulvari 221
06100 Ankara
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guldem Utkan (Dr.)
SIRIM BERHAD
Malaysia
EU contribution
€ 108 992
Address
Persiaran Dato Menteri 1 Section 2
40911 Shah Alam Selangor Darul Ehsan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ahmad Hazri Bin Abrashid (Dr.)
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 197 800
Address
Agostino Neto Road 15
Accra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Monica Allotey (Ms.)
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 204 600
Address
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria 46
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sonia Brooks (Ms.)
THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 238 250
Address
El Gamaa St 9
12619 Giza
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amal Saber Owis (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 123 285
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simone Bastianoni (Prof.)
INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VETERINAIRE HASSAN II
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 235 850
Address
Avenue Allal El Fassi Madinat Al
10101 Rabat
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
El Houssine Bartali (Prof.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 281 017
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Ruhdal Jensen (Prof.)
ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 114 200
Address
Dr Pixley Kaseme Street City Hall
4001 Durban
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jannie F. Pietersen (Mr.)
MALAYSIAN AGRI HI TECH SDN BHD
Malaysia
EU contribution
€ 95 072
Address
Bangunan Ash Hiani 10 2 9 10 Jalan
43650 Selangor
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Salwa Md. Hashim (Ms.)
BIOVELOP INTERNATIONAL AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 95 020
Address
Alvasvagen 1
610 20 Kimstad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henrik Schmidt (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION MAROCAINE DES DECHETS SOLIDES
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 76 350
Address
Universite Ibn Tofail Faculte Des Sciences
14000 Kenitra
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Hassan El Bari (Prof.)
AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 160 800
Address
Pobox 46179
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philip Kutima (Prof.)
WORLD ASSOCIATION OF INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS
Malaysia
EU contribution
€ 87 744
Address
Persiaran Dato' Menteri 1
40700 Shah Alam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Rohani Hashim (Dr.)