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CAFIPLA - Combining carboxylic acid production and fibre recovery as an innovative, cost-effective and sustainable pre-treatment process for heterogeneous bio-waste

Project Leader
Neureiter Markus, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.06.2020-31.05.2023
Programme:
BioBased Industries JU (H2020) - Research & Innovation Action (RIA)
EU-Project Instruments
Collaborative Project
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
AVECOM, Industrieweg 122P, 9032 Gent-Wondelgem, Belgium.
Contact person: Kim Windey;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
BIOPRACT GmbH, Magnusstraße 11, 12489 Berlin, Germany.
Contact person: Angelika Hanreich;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
BIOTREND - Inovacao e engenharia em biotecnologia SA, Biocant Park Nucleo 4 Lote 2, 3060 197 Cantanhede, Portugal.
Contact person: Bruno Ferreira;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V., Theodor Heuss Allee 25, 60486 Frankfurt, Germany.
Contact person: Sebastian Hiessl;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Fibres Recherche Développement, 2 rue Gustave Eiffel - Hotel de Bureaux 2, 10901 Troyes, France.
Contact person: Antoine Gasparutto;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Fundacion TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Bizkaia, 48160 Derio (Bizkaia), Spain.
Contact person: Thomas Dietrich;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Fundacion TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Torgauer Straße 116, 04347 Leipzig, Germany.
Contact person: Daniela Thrän;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
IDELUX Environnement, Schoppach Drève de l'Arc-en-Ciel 98, 6700 Arlon, Belgium.
Contact person: Marie-Aline Pierrard;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V., Max-Eyth-Allee 100, 14469 Potsdam, Germany.
Contact person: Joachim Venus;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Organic Waste Systems NV, Dok Noord 5, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
Contact person: Sylvia Gildemyn;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Ghent, Gent, Belgium.
Contact person: Ramon Ganigué;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Vertech Group, 11 Rue Defly, 06000 Nice, France.
Contact person: Paola Castrillo;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
Currently, the bio-economy relies mostly on sugar-based transformations, requiring complex pre-treatment, in particular for the use of second-generation feedstocks. Moreover, organic waste streams generated in urban areas, or in agriculture, remain heavily underused and valorization options are limited.
To increase the application of organic waste as input material for the bio-economy, a completely novel approach for pre-treatment is required. This project will develop an innovative pre-treatment platform to allow the use of organic waste streams as input for the carboxylic acid platform – as an alternative to the sugar platform –, as well as a fiber platform.
The carboxylic acid platform, in which short and medium chain carboxylic acids produced from easily accessible biomass are the target intermediate, is key to the development of new biobased value chains, with product applications as chemicals, biomaterials and feed. The additional valorization of the fibrous biomass minimizes side stream formation, and expands the product range. Overall, pre-treatment of biomass to feed in the carboxylic acid and fiber platform will create an environmental and economic added value.
Keywords
Recycling; Environmental biotechnology; Bioprocess technology; Enzyme technology; Industrial biotechnology;
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