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Innovative plasma based transformation of food waste into high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen

Objective

PlasCarb has been stimulated by a transnational consortium of R&D performing SMEs in partnership with specialist scientific resource, life cycle thinking experts, industrial customers, and access to risk finance to facilitate future market uptake. It will integrate commerce with research; transforming a widespread urban solid waste environmental problem (140 million tonnes of food and plant waste produced annually in Europe) into a sustainable source of significant economic added value, (high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen). The vast majority of hydrogen and carbon used today in industry are derived from fossil petroleum sources, the majority of which are imported into the EU from regions which are often politically unstable or competitive. PlasCarb will integrate an established technology (anaerobic digestion) with innovative, low temperature microwave plasma processing and leading edge control of carbon morphology and purification. This project will extend beyond current Best Available Techniques (BAT) in the valorisation of food waste of anaerobic digestion (AD) to generate renewable energy; it will transform the biogas output from AD using an innovative low energy microwave plasma to split biogas methane into high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen (RH2). The quality and economic value of the carbon and the hydrogen will then be maximised through the integration of high quality research and industrial process engineering expertise. The project will validate at a pilot scale continuous operation of the integrated process for a period of one month; 150 tonnes of mixed food waste will be digested to generate over 25000m3 of biogas. 2400m3 of this biogas will then be transformed into highly graphitic carbon with a market value of over €2500/tonne and RH2. A decentralised business model will be generated that can be implemented at local levels widely across Europe to facilitate future market uptake.

Coordinator

CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG

Address

Wilton Centre Wilton
Ts10 4rf Redcar Cleveland

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 926 421

Administrative Contact

Lois Hobson (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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GASPLAS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 707 980

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 701 076

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 446 057,17

Uvasol Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 29 813,83

P A MOODY RECYCLING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 492 673

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 260 800

ABALONYX AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 219 918

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603488

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 830 197,51

  • EU contribution

    € 3 784 739

Coordinated by:

CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG

United Kingdom

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