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Supporting SME driven olive industry to comply with EU directives

Objective

Technical scenario: Olive production is a significant economic sector in southern Member States, especially in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. However, the extraction process involved in olive oil production generates non−biodegradable phytotoxic waste, and is therefore a significant source of pollution. Despite the introduction in the 90s of improved separation systems such as 2-phase centrifugation system, that reduce both water use and the quantities of liquid residues produced, the problems of waste toxicity, high energy consumption and the disposal of final residues remain . Olive oil production gives a final waste consisting in a solid and very humid by-product called ‘‘alperujo’’ (AL) or “Olive wet cake”. The problem of AL disposal has not been fully resolved and research into new technological procedures that permit its profitable use is needed. In addition, these wastes also contain valuable resources such as phenolic compounds, (approximately 53% in olive oil mill waste waters), characterised by different biological activity properties which could be of interest in industry (i.e. their strong antioxidant activity). Current extraction of these compounds is not available from olive oil waste water, since technology is not fully developed and optimised to get large scale prototyping such as Pilot plant stage. Proposed solution: We propose a method focused on both treatment of olive waste waters with by anaerobic digestion transforming biomass into biogas, basically Methane, and extraction from liquid fraction of valuable products, such as polyphenols. Synergy between these technologies will allow overcome technical barriers such as polyphenol inactivation of the digestion process, making more efficient the process and letting a higher purity of the waste water product.
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Coordinator

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

Address

Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 108 060

Administrative Contact

Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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ASSOCIAZIONE PRODUTTORI D OLIO DI OLIVA ACLITERRA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 301 003

TRATAMIENTO INTEGRAL DE ALPECHINES BAENA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 13 440

UGN- UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 284 998

LACHIFARMA SRL LABORATORIO CHIMICOFARMACEUTICO SALENTINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 282 216

PRODEVAL SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 307 800

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 13 640

FUNDACION CARTIF

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 7 520

ENOSY AGROTIKON SYN SMON PEZON - (UNION OF AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES OF PEZA PEZA UNION)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 288 760

ASOCIACION ESPAÑOLA DE EXTRACTORES DE ACEITE DE ORUJO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 188 678

INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO CASTILLA Y LEON SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 268 544

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218442

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 601 315,16

  • EU contribution

    € 2 064 659

Coordinated by:

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

Spain

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