Picture: A technician is moving a ceramic filtration unit using a forklift at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

Background


Aim of the Tech4Biowaste project

Bio-waste is a key waste stream in Europe with a high potential for contributing to a more circular economy. The Tech4Biowaste project will pave the way for the deployment of bio-waste technologies and technology configurations by setting up a database providing a comprehensive technology overview (Technology Readiness Level / TRL 4–9) for the valorisation of bio-waste (food waste and garden waste) into value-added applications including organic soil improvers, fertilisers, organic chemicals, fuels and energy. The two-year project started on April 1st, 2021.

Database content

The database content will be determined jointly with actors across the bio-waste value chain. Technology providers can showcase new and emerging technologies, even at lower Technology Readiness Level (TRL). Technology searchers can analyse and compare bio-waste valorisation technologies.

Set-up

The Tech4Biowaste database will be composed of unique features based on the latest IT technologies and the use of Open Source software. In order to catalyse significant database usage and future growth, it directly builds on the BBEPP-led Pilots4U network and links with the Renewable Carbon Initiative led by the nova-Institute. A hybrid model will be used to populate the database, combining inputs from the consortium’s publishers’ team, a community of volunteers, and automated scripts and tools („bots”).

Stakeholder involvement

Tech4Biowaste will mobilise stakeholders (including intended users and contributors) for direct involvement (co-creation, training, Testing Panel, and Advisory Board). The stakeholders will be involved in e.g. the design of the database, the development of a continuation and expansion scenario and the Business Plan targeting sustained growth and continuity of the open platform.


Title picture: © Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant; A technician is moving a ceramic filtration unit using a forklift. These units are used for purification and product recovery in bio-based processes (eg. fermentation broths). The smaller version depicted here is used for downstream processing at 150-litre scale and more.