REPLACE aims at developing new methodologies to try to solve a critical environmental problem, the destruction of plastic wastes proceeding from petroleum.
REPLACE investigates environmentally friendly thermochemical procedures less energetically demanding than common treatments. However, REPLACE’s greatest breakthrough is the revalorization of the compounds obtained from the destruction of the plastics through biotechnological procedures. By this way, highly valuable bioproducts suitable to synthesize other environmentally friendly materials will be produced.
Optimizing the combination of both technologies implies the Project’s main challenge.
- Use plastic wastes as raw material to obtain bioproducts.
- Reduce the energetic requirements of thermochemical treatments.
- Reduce the treatment times and increase the efficiencies of biotechnological treatments.
- Make the most of the degradation products from plastics as carbon source for the biotechnological treatments.
- Know the process’ economic, environmental and social costs.
- Study different process conditions to optimize both thermoche-mical and biotechnological techniques by using model compounds.
- Analytical determination through several techniques: GC-MS, HPLC-UV, SEM, FTIR, DSC.
- Experimenting with real samples of plastic wastes.
- Coordinated actions of 4 working groups, each one of them integrated by several investigators.
- Complete degradation of plastic residues under energetically viable conditions.
- Complete consumption of the compounds proceeding from the plastic degradation by microorganisms.
- Optimization of the amounts of bioproducts obtained from the biotechnological treatments
- Development of a process with a negative carbon footprint.
Grants to R+D Projects developed by technological centers from Castilla y León
Total budget: 1.487.731,02 €
Duration: January 2019 – October 2020
Nicolás Martín Sánchez
Division of Agrifood and Processes
DELOREAN aims to obtain new raw materials from the treatment of waste generated in a critical sector in the región, the automotive industry. The three wastes investigated (tires, lubricating oils and polypropylene) are generated in high quantities and their polluting nature makes it necessary to develop new ways for their management and use.
BioSFerA aims to develop a cost-effective interdisciplinary technology to produce sustainable aviation and maritime fuels. The overall process, combining thermochemical, biological and thermocatalytic parts is based on the gasification of biomass and other biogenic waste and the 2-stage fermentation of the produced syngas.
The aim of LIFE LANDFILL BIOFUEL is to demonstrate the technical performance of a cost effective solution based on the implementation of new exploitation techniques of the waste cells to enhance the biogas production
The CARBOENERGY project aims to demonstrate the technical-economic-environmental viability of a sustainable strategy for the production of biofuels and bioenergy through the development and application of low-cost and efficient catalytic, adsorbent and combustible biocarbons, obtained from biomasic waste.
The ZEOCAT-3D project addresses the conversion of methane, from natural gas and biogas, into aromatic hydrocarbons of high added value and easily transportable
LIFE Biomass C+ aims to demonstrate improvements in climate mitigation strategies through the production of sustainable biofuel.
AQUAMUNDAM pursues an improvement in the sustainable management of the integral water cycle, for this the development and demonstration of both methodologies and a modular information system that facilitates inter-administrative communication and of different agents with competence in the integral management of water is contemplated
REHAP aims to strengthen the European bio-economy industry by creating novel materials from agricultural and forestry waste, and considering how they can be used commercially in the green building sector.
The VALOR-PLUS supports the realisation of sustainable, economically viable closed loop integrated biorefineries through the development of new knowledge, (bio-)technologies and products that enable valorisation of key biorefinery by-products.
The FT BIOREFINERY Project consists in developing a technology that allows obtaining 2nd generation liquid biofuels (synthetic diesel) and electrical energy, through the application of gasification and co-gasification processes, of different types of solid and / or liquid waste ( herbaceous biomass, lignocellulosic, glycerin, etc.)
The BIORECOS Project aims to design and build a demonstration plant of a modular nature that allows, through pyrolysis, the production of charcoal and / or active coal, as well as the generation of electrical energy.