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Demonstration of an integrated innovative biorefinery for the transformation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into new BioBased products (URBIOFIN)

Demonstration of an integrated innovative biorefinery for the transformation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into new BioBased products (URBIOFIN)

Objective

Due to the rapid growth of population, municipal solid waste (MSW) has contributed significantly to the total amount of waste generated by our society. Today in Europe, each habitant generates, in average, 0.5 tonnes of MSW per year, increasing at an annual rate of 10%. Around 40-50% of it correspond to organic waste. This organic fraction mainly contains carbohydrates, proteins and lipids, which are all useful raw material that can be converted to valuable products. Its valorisation will help to solve environmental pollution but also contributes to the transition from a linear to a renewable circular economy. Digestion and composting have contributed to the reduction of the biodegradable fraction of MSW sent to landfill. The low economical value of compost and biogas is limiting the sustainable implementation of separate sourcing systems since increasing citizen environmental (waste) taxes is then need to tackle important logistic costs. New biobased products can help to improve waste treatment environmental and socio-economical sustainability. The aim of URBIOFIN project is to demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of the conversion at semi-industrial scale (10 T/d) of the organic fraction of MSW (OFMSW) into: Chemical building blocks (bioethanol, volatile fatty acids, biogas), biopolymers (polyhydroyalkanoate and biocomposites) or additives (microalgae hydrolisated for biofertilisers). By using the biorefinery concept applied to MSW (urban biorefinery), URBIOFIN will exploit the OFMSW as feedstock to produce different valuable marketable products for different markets: agriculture, cosmetics. URBIOFIN will offer a new feasible and more sustainable scenario alternative to the current treatment of the OFMSW.

Coordinator

INDUSTRIAS MECANICAS ALCUDIA SA

Address

Avenida De Carlet 76
46250 L Alcudia

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 2 022 312,44

Participants (16)

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AINIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 078 202,80

URBASER S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 961 087,15

BIOMASA PENINSULAR S.A

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 393 434,50

UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 018 168,27

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 238 803,72

NOVOZYMES A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 177 692

G.I. DYNAMICS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 12 180,10

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 980 363,22

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 718 472,45

VISUM LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 661 540

NATUREPLAST SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 256 312

INSTITUTO REGIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGROALIMENTARIO Y FORESTAL DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 126 078,97

BCM BIOECONOMY CLUSTER MANAGEMENT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 187 425

STEFANY EMBALLAGES ET SERVICES

France

EU Contribution

€ 146 503,80

THE INTERNATIONAL NATURAL AND ORGANIC COSMETICS ASSOCIATION AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 109 592

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 858 197,61

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745785

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 606 669,31

  • EU contribution

    € 10 946 366,03

Coordinated by:

INDUSTRIAS MECANICAS ALCUDIA SA

Spain