Current policies, both European and national, are aimed at the search for formulas that reduce the generation of waste, which is not an easy task in the current society, where the “buy, use and throw” is so common, these three actions being closer and closer in time.
That is why while the waste reduction policies at source bear fruit, the scientific community must continue to explore new ways of treating such waste in the most sustainable way possible, which implies giving them value.
In this context, the LIFE REVAWASTE project (www.revawaste.eu) was born proposing the sustainable management of a broad spectrum of waste in an integrated plant or “Mixed Plant”.
Reduce the costs associated with waste treatment processes and optimize their management from an environmental and economic point of view. For this, it is proposed:
- The treatment, in the same installation, of different types of waste.
- The energy and material integration of individual treatment processes.
- The integral recovery of waste such as energy (biogas, synthesis gas and coal pellets) and slow-release fertilizers (struvite).
- Improvement of the conditions of recycling and recovery of waste through a pre-treatment.
- Definition of logistics and waste storage.
- Optimization of the operating conditions in the anaerobic digestion process and low temperature pyrolysis.
- Recovery of the digestate as struvite.
- Recovery of the solid and liquid fraction obtained in the thermochemical process of pyrolysis such as coal and bio-hydrocarbon pellets.
- Save 80% of the costs of thermal and electrical generation in the anaerobic digestion line.
- Save 15% of the costs of thermal and electrical generation in the thermochemical treatment line.
- Value 100% of the effluent produced in the anaerobic process as a slow-release fertilizer.
- Value 100% of the by-products generated in the thermochemical treatment process such as coal pellets.
- Generate a gas stream of high calorific value recoverable in engines.
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Circular Economy projects:
The purpose of NUTRIMAN is for farmers to understand and know the real benefits of fertilizers of biological origin and how to adopt and use them in a practical way in their crops.
NUTRI2CYCLE addresses the current gaps in the N, P and C cycles of different European agricultural systems and the related environmental problems by implementing optimized management systems whilst having a positive trade–off with productivity, quality and environmental impact.
The PENNYFUEL project aims to demonstrate the technical-economic-environmental feasibility of a sustainable strategy for the production of biodiesel, based on Thlaspi arvense (Pennycress) oil.
HOUSEFUL proposes an innovative paradigm shift towards the circular economy in the housing sector. The main objective is to develop and demonstrate an integrated systemic service (HOUSEFUL Service) composed of 11 circular solutions co-created by the agents involved in the housing value chain.
The BIOMETRANS project seeks to promote the recovery of dry and wet biomass waste generated in the Ibero-American Region, through the production of biomethane and promote its use as transport biofuel.
The LIFE ALGAECAN project proposes a new wastewater treatment system from fruit and vegetable processing by combining the cultivation of heterotrophic microalgae with spray drying of the collected microalgae.
The LIFE REFIBRE project aims to solve the environmental problem involved in the accumulation of this amount of waste from wind turbine blades in the landfill.
The LEACHLESS project proposes a treatment model that will be carried out “in-situ” using a cost-effective novel technology that combines solar evaporation/condensation plus forward osmosis
The LACTISHOE project deals with obtaining new products from the footwear sector that will have excellent regenerative properties in the skin with which they are in contact, due to the innovative incorporation of microencapsulated lactic acid.
The LIFE PAVEtheWAySTE project wants to facilitate the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive in remote areas by allowing local and regional authorities to improve the operation of their municipal recycling systems and thereby pave the way towards high efficiency of the resources.
Life BIOSEVILLE develops an integrated system for the value of frying oils generated in the city of Seville. This system ranges from oil collection logistics to obtaining a more efficient, competitive and ecological biofuel.
The goal of the LIFE + VALPORC is to demonstrate a sustainable alternative to the management of pig carcasses and manure, focusing on the environmental problems derived from its current management and valorizing these wastes by transforming them into biofuels (biogas and biodiesel) and organic fertilizers,
The LIFE SMART Hospital Project has promoted the sustainability of the health sector through the deployment of best practices and available technologies, training programs and replication of experience.
The main objective of the COLRECEPS project is the implementation of a prototype demonstration plant to recycle residual EPS and obtain EPS beads. With these pearls, new recycled EPS prototype products will be manufactured.
The LIFE EUCALYPTUS ENERGY Project consists of the pyrolysis of eucalyptus biomass for the production of electricity and biochar. It is intended to make use of the residual biomass of eucalyptus forest exploitation.
RECALZA proposes to develop a chemical recycling process of the generated polyurethane foam residues, to obtain the polyol again and re-manufacture new products (recycled soles) that meet the requirements for the footwear sector.
The CONREPOL project will evaluate both chemical procedures based on the use of compounds that increase the surface polarity (silane coupling agents) of the waste and physical treatments with the same objective.
The GREEN CAR ecodesign Project applies the ecodesign methodology to several components of the “electric vehicle” system: batteries, converter, charging points, conditioning systems and auxiliary systems from renewable sources
RESCATAME represents a new system for the sustainable management of traffic through the use of models that predict pollution levels, which are supported by data collected by the network of air quality sensors, and that can help to execute a rapid action.
BIALEMA: RED for the production of Biofuels and its impact on food, energy and the environment. Conducted by Dr. Antonio Francisco Valdes Delgado (CUBAENERGIA).
The ENHANCE HEALTH project focuses on environmental and health concerns related to air pollution produced by industries and waste incinerators in urban areas.