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
Biodegradable packaging from bakery waste
BREAD4PLA, the European project funded by the European Commission’s Life Programme and coordinated by Aimplas, has developed a new 100% biodegradable packaging for bakery products using the waste generated by the company. A polymer has been obtained using bread crusts and bakery waste and which can be used to produce those biodegradable packaging. This is the result of the work of researchers at the CETECE, the Spanish Cereals Technology Centre, Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V. in Germany and the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University in the United Kingdom.
This project seeks to recover at least 15% of by-products from the bakery industry in terms of its current value and prevent 175,000 tons of waste from the industry in Europe reaching landfills. It also aims to cut energy consumption. The Bread4pla project has produced a 100% biodegradable PLA film using by-products from the bakery industry and which can thus be used as packaging for bakery products.
Further information: Bread4pla
The Life GISWASTE project started just over a year ago and one of the most significant milestones achieved during this year has been the successful passing of the first audit by the European Commission, corresponding to the Inception Report, which encourages the partners of the project to continue along this path to achieve the goals set in the proposed schedule.
A consortium of Basque companies is leading this project: AZTI-Tecnalia as the coordinating entity, the companies Geograma and LKS, in charge of the technical aspects, and Ihobe-Basque Government, responsible for the communication and divulgation activites.
The partners of Life GISWASTE had the chance to meet last 25th November at the headquarters of Ihobe, where they held the annual meeting of the project and they analysed the progress made during recent months and upcoming activities.
The Life GISWASTE project, financed by the European Commision's Life+ Programme, seeks to develop a methodology based on GIS to prioritise alternatives for the recovery of agri-food by-products, mainly vegetable, dairy and meat. This project aims to propose viable recovery alternatives for at least 70% of the agri-food by-products in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. With a budget of almost one and a half million euros, it is expected to be completed by June 2017.
The Life GISWASTE objectives will be showcased in a scientific poster to be presented during Aquaculture Europe 2014.
The conference, whose theme is "Adding Value", will get underway in Donostia-San Sebastián next Tuesday, 14 October.Over four days, the culinary potential of fish-farmed fish and shellfish will be analysed and the speakers will discuss innovation and diversification to improve the productivity, profitability and quality of aquaculture products.
Aquaculture case studies will also be showcased that are examples of positively interacting with the environment, reducing the carbon footprint, giving impetus to the certification and construction of a sustainable brand, and of embarking on new markets.
Further information: Aquaculture Europe 2014
The European Bioseville project is working on developing a new technology to produce biofuels by reusing used frying oils.The aim is to test this new biodiesel in the city of Seville’s bus fleet.
The Advanced Technology Centre for Renewable Energies (CTAER) is heading this initiative, whose other partners are the University of Seville, the Energy, Environment, and Technology Research Centre (Ciemat), the Cartif Foundation and Biodiesel Processor.
The project involves a public information campaign to encourage the general public to collect frying oils and is part of the EU's Life Programme.
Further information: Energías renovables
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.
Researchers from AZTI-Tecnalia, the coordinator of the Life GISWASTE project, were recently at Agri-Food Logistics 2014 to talk about the details of this initiative.The biennial forum is one of the most important events on agri-food logistics internationally. The forum this year was held in Poznan (Poland) from 9 to 13 September.
David San Martín, a research on the AZTI-Tecnalia project, gave a lecture which stressed the great recovery potential of agri-food by-products to be transformed into other products that can again be sold on the market.
He also outlined the actions being carried out as part of the Life GISWASTE project and the expected final results in 2017.
Further information: http://www.agrifoodlogistics.eu/about.html
The Plastics Technology Centre - Aimplas has successfully developed a new fully biodegradable packaging for bakery products using waste generated by that industry. These are the results of the European BREAD4PLA project, funded by the European Commission’s Life Programme and which got underway in 2011.
As Rosa González, the project’s lead researcher, explained “we were looking for a polymer made out of sliced bread crusts and pastry waste that could be used to store those products and which was biodegradable, to thus complete the cycle”.
The project, coordinated by Aimplas, also included researchers from the CETECE - Cereals Technology Centre (Spain), Leibniz-InstitutfürAgrartechnik Potsdam-Bornime.V. (Germany) and the Biocomposites Centre at Bangor University (UK).
With the help of companies including Panrico and the Siro Group, a lactic acid was obtained by fermenting bakery crusts and waste. The monomer was polymerised to obtain polylactic acid or PLA and then used to prepare plastic packaging. The outcome is a new material, a PLA film, which has been used to make bags and trays to package different products from the bakery sector.
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).