On October 18th, the Agrocycle General Assembly took place in Brussels at the EUBIA’s facilities. The project, which is reaching 18th months, is addressing a wide range of valorisation pathways for agriculture using a circular economy approach, including bio-fuels, high value-added biopolymers, wastewater treatment and microbial fuel cells, among others.
For this project, Exergy is in charge of the demonstration of the technical feasibility of the pyrolysis of forestry residues and the production of bioelectricity by means of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC), as well as leading the overall biofuels’ production activity where biobutanol, bioethanol, and biogas are also produced. At the meeting, Rocio Roldan and Sara Monasterio, from the Sustainable Processes Department at Exergy, presented the general overview of the actions carried out in the biofuels’ production work package, where the MFC activity was presented and compared with activities developed in parallel in Nanjing Uni in China. Exergy showed a feasible and cost-effective solution which has been engineered and designed to produce electricity at a small scale from wastewater treatment activities related to the agri-food waste processing sector.
Agrocycle review meeting was very important for Exergy in order to identify potential barriers to be addressed in the biofuels’ production and to have the opportunity to catch-up with other project developments. Special highlights were shown in the MFC activity which results seems to be promising in the narrow timeframe of the Agrocycle project.
During the same week, the Agri-Food Waste Day Conference was held on October 17th in Brussels. The conference was a joint initiative between the European projects Agrocycle and No AgroWaste, both of them funded under the same topic Waste-7-2015, with the aim to present current thinking and developments in relation to the Circular Economy applied across the agri-food industry. Different technologies and approaches were presented for the valorisation of agri-food waste in high-value intermediate and final products: biogas, digestate, biomethane, biohythane, bio-oil, bioethanol, biobutanol, syngas, bio-oil, bioethanol, biochar, building blocks, biopolymers, lignocell filters, composites and other chemicals, biofertilisers, nutraceutical, pharma products, wastewater technologies, animal feedstock and bioenergy, where some of them are common in both projects addressed by different technologies. The conference also had a strong focus on the business opportunities around the technologies. A wide range of different stakeholders and organisations both internal and external participated in the event including partners from China and Taiwan.
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Agrocycle project’s partners after the review meeting