Development of processes for the creation of value from biomass and wastes via biocatalysts and application for household food wastes at real scale
Sustainable processes have been developed for the valorization of residual lignocellulosic biomass and various types of organic wastes and wastewaters (industrial, municipal, agro-industrial), based on the unique ability of microorganisms to bio-catalyze the transformation of zero-cost substrates to high added value products such as biofuels (biohydrogen, methane, bioethanol), bio-energy (bio-electricity), bioplastics and platform chemicals (volatile, fatty acids, propanediol etc.)
The research results from a Horizon 2020 project were applied at municipality level for the management and valorization of household food wastes (FORBI). A real scale unit was constructed and operated using wastes collected from 1000 residents and various high-added value products (biogas, pellets, compost, bioethanol) were produced.
Antonopoulou G., Alexandropoulou M., Ntaikou I., Lyberatos G. From waste to fuel: Energy recovery from household food waste via its bioconversion to energy carriers based on microbiological processes. (2020) Science of the Total Environment, 732 , art. no. 139230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139230