Bionutrient and energy generation plant
La Albufera de Valencia has the fist bio-nutrient and energy generating plant thanks to this scheme in the EU Life Programme. This project seeks to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from growing rice. It also seeks to save water and fertilizers as the technology applied also recovers the waste and by-products to turn them into bio-nutrients.The project is led by the Andalusian Institute of Technology (IAT) and with the participation of the Ainia technology centre, Ludan, the renewable energy company, Citagro - the Agri-food Innovation and Technology Centre and Ctaer - the Renewable Energy Advanced Technology Centre.
The environmental goals of the Sostrice Life Project are, on the one hand, to cut greenhouse gas emissions in rice farming, reduce the use of water, energy and fertilisers, and cut the carbon footpring by means of environmental best practices. One the other hand, the technical goals are to optimise the rice harvest methods and irrigation methods from the environmental perspective, according to the quality of the water used, the soil conditions and the organic matter content after the harvest.
Further information: Sostrice
The European project Biogas3, coordinated by the Ainia technology centre, has launched SmallBIOGAS, an online tool aimed at SMEs in the agri-business sector that allow the environmental, economic and technical feasibility of installing small-scale biogas production plants to be assessed.
The tool, which is available on the project website, allows companies to identify their energy needs and the difficulties that may emerge when installing their own agri-industrial biogas plant.
Biogas is a fuel generated by the decomposition of organic matter by certain microorganisms in the absence of oxygen, which is known as anaerobic digestion.This technology is widely used in wastewater and waste treatment plants.The energy contained in the biogas can be used as fuel.
Further information: Retema
Obtaining 100% biodegradable packaging for dairy products using the whey by-product from cheese making.This is the objective of the Life Wheypack European project, headed by the Ainia technology centre.The team of researchers will therefore develop a micro-organism fermentation process in the whey to produce polyhydroxibutyrate, which will then be used to manufacture the new packaging.
Spain is calculated to produce 75 million tons of whey from the cheese-making industry every year.Part of this byproduct enters the food chain as it is used to make other dairy product, but 40% is calculated to be discarded and managed as waste.
La Albufera de Valencia will have the first bio-nutrient and energy generating plant under the aegis of the SOSTRICE project, an initiative in the EU Life Programme, which has just got underway.
The aim is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from rice growing.A new model will thus be developed to manage and process the rice straw based on straw combustion technologies using other waste and anaerobic digestion in order to transform this by-product into energy.
Apart from cutting energy consumption, the project aims to save water and costs associated to using fertilizers, as the applied technology will also be used to recover the waste and by-products to convert them into bio-nutrients.
The current policy for managing rice straw is to bury or burn it, which can lead to problems associated to greenhouse gas emissions.
The project is headed by the Andalusian Institute of Technology (IAT) and with the participation of the Ainia technology centre, Ludan, the renewable energy company, the Agri-food Innovation and Technology Centre (CITAGRO) and the Renewable Energy Advanced Technology Centre (CTAER).
The second edition of MeetingPack will take place on 25th and 26th February 2015. It is hoped that the event, to be held in Valencia, will attract some 300 specialists in the field of food packaging.
The central focus of the event will be on leading innovations and global trends in barrier materials and packaging, manufacturing processes and packaging systems which help preserve and prolong the shelf lives of foods.
Advances in active, or smart, packaging, in packaging that reduces food waste, and new materials which comply with existing legislation will also be on the agenda.
Source: Residuos profesional
The Ainia Technology Centre is running a workshop on 18th September 2014. The workshop will focus on the sustainable future of agro-industrial biogas, with the aim of proposing innovative techniques for improving the viability and financial feasibility of biogas plants.
Agro-industrial biogas plants, in addition to generating renewable energy, allow us to process and reuse a wide variety of organic matter generated by the agri-food industry, which in turn enables us to lower waste management and treatment costs.
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