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.
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.
EvEmBi: GHG emission mitigation in the biogas sector
The EvEmBi project aims to evaluate different biogas plant concepts (e.g., agricultural biogas, bio-waste or wastewater treatment plants) used in Europe with respect to their methane emission factors (EF). The EvEmBi project (Evaluation and reduction of methane emissions from different European biogas plant concepts) will evaluate methane emissions from European biogas plants to develop a European voluntary system for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation in the biogas sector.
Biogas Action aims to serve as vehicle for the development of the European biogas sector and to increase the biogas and biomethane production in the European Union, by focusing on removing the non-technical barrirs to contribute to creating better frameworks for the widespread production of biogas and biomethane, in line with the EU 2020 targets.
The Biogas Action consortium consists of 13 partners from 10 countries and strives to promote the production of sustainable biogas throughout the European Union, especially by exchanging best practice, creating new business models, and increasing investments in biogas production. The project will undertake the following actions:
- Identify and disseminate proven support strategies and guidelines, to fulfil the potential for biogas and biomethane development in Europe.
- Define and implement a specific biogas/biomethane intervention strategy in each target country/region.
- Exchange knowledge and experience within and beyond the target areas and the project life time.
Project duration: January 2016 – December 2018
EBA will take the lead in 2 work programmes:
- Tool for successful regional biogas initiatives and deployment: compilation of comprehensive guidelines on how to fulfill the potential for biogas and biomethane development in Europe, based on proven support strategies.
- Dissemination & Communication: disseminating the activities and results of the project, spread the knowledge in the European background and communicate to the key target groups along with the general public.
BIOSURF is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme for research, technological development and demonstration. BIOSURF corresponds to the Call “Competitive Low-Carbon Energy (LCE) 14: Market uptake of existing and emerging sustainable Bioenergy” under the “Work Program 2014-2015 on Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy.” This Coordination and Support Action has a duration of three years, from January 2015 till December 2017.
The BIOSURF consortium consists of 11 partners from 7 countries and strives to increase the production and use of biomethane (from animal waste, other waste materials and sustainable biomass), for grid injection and as transport fuel, by removing non-technical barriers and by paving the way towards a European biomethane market. BIOSURF intends:
- To develop a value chain analysis from production to use depending on the territorial, physical and economic features (specified for different areas, i.e., biofuel for transport, electricity generation, heating & cooling);
- To analyze, compare and promote biomethane registering, labelling, certification and trade practices in Europe, in order to favor cooperation among the different countries and across border markets on the basis of the partner countries involved;
- To address traceability, environmental criteria and quality standards, so aiming to reduce GHG emissions and indirect land-use change (iLUC), to preserver biodiversity and to assess the energy and CO2 balance;
- To identify the most prominent drivers for CO2-emissions along the value chain as an input for future optimization approaches; and
- To exchange information and best practices all along Europe concerning biomethane policy, regulations, support schemes and technical standards.
Project duration: January 2015 – December 2017
EBA will take the lead in 3 work programmes, namely:
- Biomethane trade: clearing the way for free cross-border biomethane trade all over Europe by creating national/domestic biomethane registries, cooperation among those, developing a mass-balancing system for biomethane, introduction of tradable biomethane certificates and biomethane standards
- Impact analysis and policy dimension: all major political topics relevant to the future development of biomethane production and biomethane trade, studying existing policy schemes and evaluating possible extension of these policies.
- Dissemination, exploitation and communication: disseminating the activities and results of the project, spread the knowledge in the European background and communicate to the key target groups along with the general public.
The objective is to elaborate a solid information base on FaB (Food and Beverage) waste utilisation for biogas production and to prove the efficiency and feasibility of FaB waste-based biogas implementation projects. During 30 months of the project partners will:
- Set-up national contact points in FaB associations in all partner countries
- Organise awareness raising events for FaB
- Identify potentials for using FaB waste
- Compile a complete set of tools and guidelines, facilitating cooperation between FaB industry, biogas sector and lawmakers all over Europe.
Project duration: 04/2013 – 10/2015
- EBA will prepare an International Handbook “Biogas production in Food and Beverage Industry”, describing status of biogas production in partner countries, status of R&D projects on this topic, best practice examples and the most promising FaB industry branches.
- Information on the national legal frameworks on green energy production and information on already known barriers in biogas production
- To assists the FaB associations for detailed questions arising during the advisory services
- To organize workshops and seminars for FaB industry
European Sustainable Biofuels Forum – founded in 2012 – is a single organisation grouping the European biofuels producers and policy actors under one single umbrella in order to address common issues and promote the development of alternative fuels. ESBF gathers organisations from the biodiesel, algae and biogas sectors as well major stakeholders from the bioethanol industry.
EBA’s role in the project is to deliver and to spread out extensive information on biomethane as a fuel.
Project duration: 09/2012 – 03/2015
Goal of the project is to get a strategic approach to boost biomethane markets, aiming at an increased biomethane production and injection into gas grid. Main actions are:
- Find solutions to market barriers
- Bring together potential business partners
- Hands-on know-how transfer to “starter” countries
- Promotion of biomethane projects in countries with high potential but few activities
Project duration: June 2011 – June 2014
EBA leads two Working Packages: Trade and Technical standards and contributes to other tasks of the project such as workshops and publications.
Objective of the package is to develop a roadmap to create a European trade scheme, to improve transparency for biomethane markets/certificates and to share experience.
Latest results of the WP:
WP: Technical standards
The WP focuses on technical standards applied to biomethane injected into the gas grid, with specific uncertainty related to calorific value, oxygen and components such as siloxanes.
Project duration: 05/2010 – 10/2012
BiogasIN aimed at creation of sustainable biogas market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia. Core objective of the project was to reduce framework barriers for biogas projects in CEE: high administrative barriers both during the permitting and the financing phases.