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Scalable Technologies for Bio-Urban Waste Recovery

SCALIBUR

The SCALIBUR project (2018-2022), funded by the European programme Horizon 2020 and coordinated by ITENE, promotes innovative solutions to transform urban biowaste into high value-added products.
Source of funds:
European
Scopes: Waste, energy and water
Lines research: Sustainability

Period of implementation

November 2018 – October 2022

 

Context

In the European Union, over 100 million tonnes of biowaste are thrown away each year – around 200 kg per person. Currently, 75% of this goes to landfill or is incinerated, causing major environmental problems: biowaste produces greenhouse gases when it decomposes and contaminates soil and groundwater. Landfilling of biowaste goes against the principle of a circular economy and is a waste of nutrients, energy, and resources for bioproducts.

 

Summary and objectives

An acronym for Scalable Technologies for Bio-Urban Waste Recovery, SCALIBUR seeks to bridge the gap between technological viability and industrial applications in the field of urban organic waste recovery, strengthening strategic cooperation between the different sectors and creating new business opportunities. In this way, it will contribute to two European challenges: to reduce deposits in landfills and achieve a circular economy by 2030.

Biowaste is commonly used for energy or composting, but SCALIBUR will demonstrate a range of innovative technologies to produce high value-added products, such as bioplastics, biofertilisers, biopesticides and proteins for food and animal feed. Three demonstration lines are planned:

1. Solid waste from the hotel, restaurant, and catering sector (HORECA) will be transformed into proteins, lipids, and chitin through the breeding of insects.

2. Biowaste collected from households will allow the creation of biopesticides and bioplastics through a process of high-solids content enzymatic hydrolysis followed by a fermentation phase.

3. Biogas produced from both solid waste and wastewater of treatment plants will be transformed into chemical and bioplastic products such as PHA through a bioelectrochemical treatment.

Waste management practices vary widely in Europe, with only some cities separately collecting biowaste. The city of Lund, in Sweden, will be used as a model for this initiative, transferring its experience in the organic waste collection to three cities: Madrid (Spain), Albano Laziale (Italy) and Kozani (Greece).

Consortium

The SCALIBUR project involves 21 partners in eight European countries: Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. Through this consortium, SCALIBUR promotes cooperation between different sectors, including research centers, universities, city councils, waste managers, and companies.

INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGÍSTICA (España) Coordinador del proyecto

AERIS TECNOLOGIAS AMBIENTALES SL (Spain)

ASA SPEZIALENZYME GMBH (Germany)

FUNDACION CENER-CIEMAT (Spain)

CLUSTER VIOENERGEIAS KAI PERIVALLONTOS DYTIKIS MAKEDONIAS (Greece)

COLLABORATING CENTRE ON SUBSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION GGMBH (Germany)

EXERGY (United Kingdom)

FOMENTO DE CONSTRUCCIONES Y CONTRATAS SA (Spain)

GREENOVATE! EUROPE (Belgium)

KOUR SRL (Italy)

ASSOCIAZIONE REGIONALE DEI COMUNI DEL LAZIO-ANCI LAZIO (Italy)

LUNDS KOMMUN (Sweden)

AYUNTAMIENTO DE MADRID (Spain)

NOVAMONT SPA (Italy)

NUTRITION SCIENCES NV (Belgium)

FCC AQUALIA (Spain)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA (Italy)

IRIS TECHNOLOGY GROUP (Spain)

STICHTING WETSUS, EUROPEAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER TECHNOLOGY (Netherlands)

WATERSCHAP BRABANTSE DELTA (Netherlands)

ZETADEC B.V. (Netherlands)

 

Funding

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 817788.

  

More info

Website: www.scalibur.eu

Twitter: @SCALIBUR_H2020

LinkedIn: SCALIBUR Project

Contact: Coordinador del proyecto: César Aliaga, cesar.aliaga@itene.com

Communications Coordinator: James Ling, j.ling@greenovate-europe.eu