Active projects

SYSTEMIC: recovery of nutrients to integrate them into a circular economy

Bio waste is the most abundant waste stream in Europe and hence, the most prominent potential resource for the production of biogas and the recovery and reuse of mineral nutrients. Nowadays, this waste is often not being recovered, posing severe challenges in terms of inefficient resource use, disposal and environmental pollution. This H2020 project addresses the challenge by identifying innovative approaches to recover and recycle valuable mineral components from organic waste streams into new products and integrate them optimally into a local or regional circular economy.

Nutri2Cycle: closing nutrient loops

During the next 4 years, within the framework of this H2020 project, 19 organisations from 12 EU countries will work together to provide an essential contribution to the development of a circular economy by closing nutrient loops. Tackling the existing nutrient flow gaps in Europe will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions, reduce soil degradation and improve EU independence in terms of energy and nutrients. The initial meeting took place at Ghent University, the institution coordinating this initiative.

Pilots4U: open access pilot plants for companies and research institutes

One of the main challenges in the bio-economy innovation chain in Europe today is the step from
techno-logy to deployment, which in most cases requires access to pilot- and demonstration plants. Pilot and demonstration plants are, however, expensive industrial installations that most companies do not have direct access to. One solution is “open access pilot- and multipurpose demo-infrastructures”, open to all companies and research institutes. There is, however, a lack of awareness of the availability, type of facility and equipment modules these offer, which hinders interested parties in localising a relevant facility. The aim of this H2020 project is to tackle these challenges and provide solutions that will support the progression from innovation to product.

ALG-AD: waste recovery for algal biomass cultivation

ALG-AD is an Interreg NWE funded project, in which new technology is being developed to use excess waste nutrients produced from the anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste to cultivate algal biomass for animal feed and other products of value.