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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation/compost
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/biocomposites
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/taxation

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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Funding Scheme

BBI-IA-DEMO - Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration

Coordinator

INDUSTRIAS MECANICAS ALCUDIA SL
Address
Avenida De Carlet 76
46250 L Alcudia
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 022 312,44

Participants (16)

AINIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 078 202,80
Address
Calle Benjamin Franklin 5-11 Valencia Parc Tecnologic
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
URBASER S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 961 087,15
Address
Camino De Las Hormigueras 171
28031 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOMASA PENINSULAR S.A
Spain
EU contribution
€ 393 434,50
Address
Calle Constancia Bajo 38
28002 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 018 168,27
Address
Plaza Santa Cruz 8 Palacio De Santa Cruz
47002 Valladolid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EXERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 238 803,72
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NOVOZYMES A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 177 692
Address
Krogshoejvej 36
2880 Bagsvaerd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
G.I. DYNAMICS BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 12 180,10
Address
Turfschipper 90
2292 JB Wateringen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 980 363,22
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 718 472,45
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
VISUM LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 661 540
Address
Coolkeragh Lower
V31 Listowel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATUREPLAST SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 256 312
Address
Rue Francois Arago 11
14123 Ifs
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO REGIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGROALIMENTARIO Y FORESTAL DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 126 078,97
Address
Ctra Toledo-albacete, S/n
13700 Tomelloso
Activity type
Research Organisations
BCM BIOECONOMY CLUSTER MANAGEMENT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 187 425
Address
Blucherstrasse 26
06120 Halle Saale
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STEFANY EMBALLAGES ET SERVICES
France
EU contribution
€ 146 503,80
Address
Za De Courtanne Lieudit Lachaud
43620 Saint Pal De Mons
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE INTERNATIONAL NATURAL AND ORGANIC COSMETICS ASSOCIATION AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 109 592
Address
40 Rue Washington
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 858 197,61
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations