Resources from urban bio-waste


RES URBIS aims at making it possible to convert several types of urban bio-waste into valuable bio-based products, in an integrated single biowaste biorefinery and by using one main technology chain. This goal will be pursued through: - collection and analysis of data on urban bio-waste production and present management systems in four territorial clusters that have been selected in different countries and have different characteristics. - well-targeted experimental activity to solve a number of open technical issues (both process- and product-related), by using the appropriate combination of innovative and catalogue-proven technologies. - market analysis whitin several economic scenarios and business models for full exploitation of bio-based products (including a path forward to fill regulatory gaps). Urban bio-waste include the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (from households, restaurants, caterers and retail premises), excess sludge from urban wastewater treatment, garden and parks waste, selected waste from food-processing (if better recycling options in the food chain are not available), other selected waste streams, i.e. baby nappies. Bio-based products include polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and related PHA-based bioplastics as well as ancillary productions: biosolvents (to be used in PHA extraction) and fibers (to be used for PHA biocomposites). Territorial and economic analyses will be done either considering the ex-novo implementation of the biowaste biorefinery or its integration into existing wastewater treatment or anaerobic digestion plants, with reference to clusters and for different production size. The economic analysis will be based on a portfolio of PHA-based bioplastics, which will be produced at pilot scale and tested for applications: - Biodegradable commodity film - Packaging interlayer film - Speciality durables (such as electronics) - Premium slow C-release material for ground water remediation 

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Lorenzo Bertin

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

"Sapienza" Universita' Di Roma(Italy)

Other Participants:
Bioinicia Sl (Spain)
Universitat De Barcellona (Spain)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark)
Inra Cnrgv (France)
Università  Cà  Foscari di VENEZIA (Italy)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Biotrend - Inovacao E Engenharia Em Biotecnologia Sa (Portugal)
Execon Partners Gmbh (Switzerland)
Provincia Autonoma Di Trento (Italy)
University Of South Wales Prifysgolde Cymru (United Kingdom)
Celanese Production Italy SRL (Italy)
Area Metropolitana De Barcelona (Spain)
Università  degli Studi di VERONA (Italy)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Epal-Empresa Portuguesa Das Águas Livres, Sa (Portugal)
Bbia (United Kingdom)
Physis S.r.l. (Italy)
Mi-Plast Doo Za Proizvodnju Trgovinu I Pruzanje Usluga - Mi-Plast Llc Manufacturing, Trading And Services Miplast (Croatia)
Inail - Direzione Territoriale Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.996.688,75
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/01/2017
End Date: 31/12/2019

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730349 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730349