CAFIPLA– Combining carboxylic acid production and fibre recovery as an innovative, cost effective and sustainable pre-treatment process for heterogeneous bio-waste
June 1st, 2020 – May 31st, 2023
In the VOLATILE project, significant progress has been reached in the development of a carboxylic acid platform (CAP) based on urban biowaste, culminating in the implementation of a TRL5 pilot at the industrial waste treatment plant of Twence (the Netherlands). Nevertheless, many research questions remain to be tackled. In the 3-year CAFIPLA project, the CAP will be combined with a fibre recovery platform (FRP) to further increase the material recovery from heterogeneous biowaste streams. In the CAP, research will focus on process control strategies to obtain specific spectra of carboxylic acids to feed into bioproduction of microbial protein, PHA or caproic acid bio-oil. In the FRP, fractionation into different fibre ranges will result in intermediates that can be valorised as packaging material or insulation. A TRL5 pilot will demonstrate the CAFIPLA upscaling potential.
CAFIPLA represents a radically new approach for bio-economy applications by approaching biomass use more pragmatically. This approach, which centres on the integration of two platforms, allows tailor-made solutions. This improves the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of pre-treatment (ambient pressure/temperature, low chemical use, bio-waste as input material). CAFIPLA will furthermore study the biomass supply chain and the business models for future implementation.
DBFZ (Germany), Idelux Environnement (Belgium), Biopract GmbH (Germany), Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Germany), Fibres Recherche Développement, (France), OWS nv (Belgium), ATB Potsdam (Germany), Ghent University (Belgium), Biotrend (Portugal), Avecom (Belgium), Dechema e.V. (Germany)
- Project technical manager
- Development and optimization of the carboxylic acid platform to obtain tailor-made carboxylic acid spectra through a combination of process parameter optimization and co-fermentation strategies
- Integrating CAP and FRP with state-of-the-art waste treatment technologies (anaerobic digestion/composting)
- Design and operation of a pilot plant at the industrial waste treatment plant of Idelux Environnement (Belgium)