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SAltgae project launch

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€8.3 million Horizon 2020 SAltgae demonstration project for proving the techno-economic feasibility of using algae to treat wastewater from the food industry was launched in June 2016 in Madrid, Spain. Over the course of three years, 19 project partners including EUBIA will implement innovative technologies for each step of the wastewater treatment that will promote energy and resource efficiency, and reduce costs. Amongst these, the use of halotolerant algae/bacteria consortiums in HRAPs for the elimination of organic matter and nutrients stands out for its high added value: not only will it provide an effective and ecological solution for wastewater treatment, but also it will represent an innovative way of producing algal biomass, that will subsequently be valorized into different by-products, reducing the economic and environmental impact of the treatment.
Moreover, the project will also address cross-cutting barriers to innovation related to wastewater by developing a platform for the mobilization and networking of stakeholders from all the different sectors related to wastewater, and for the dissemination of results, enabling the development of a common roadmap for the alignment of legislation, regulation and pricing methodologies and promoting financial investment and paradigm shift in perception from 'wastewater treatment' to 'resource valorisation'.

Horizon2020 Information Day 'Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials' - 2017 Calls for Proposals

 

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The European Commission is organising an Information Day to present the 2017 calls for proposals of Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials".


Representatives of the research community, business, and public authorities are invited to join the event on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 in the European Commission's Charlemagne building.

Download the draft agenda

European Algae Biomass Conference

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ACI’s 6th annual European Algae Biomass Conference taking place 20th & 21st April 2016 in Berlin, Germany will once again bring together senior executives from industry and academia to discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and research breakthroughs throughout the entire algae value chain.

 European Algae Biomass 2016 summit will be hosted at EUREF-Campus, which is currently undergoing installation of PBR plant for microalgae cultivation. The business and science park EUREF-Campus is a 55,000 square meter area located in the heart of Berlin. It is an inspiration and a symbol of the turnaround in the German energy policy. In this unique and intelligent location, a plant for microalgae cultivation is operating for the first time. Particularly unusual for this facility is its location on the campus. Installed on a highly exposed position the algae facility surrounds the facade of one of the office buildings on site. The individual units made of polymethylmethacrylate tubular reactors tolerate a rising flat helix allowing the integration of the building corners.

The existing exhaust gases from the heat and power plant at the location can be used as CO2 source and consequently support the facility supply. At the same time, it provides an improvement of the Ecological Footprint of the heat and power plant. The CO2 supply and the regulation of the algae facility is carried out by an intelligent and specially developed regulation concept, which has to take into account a variety of parameters to allow an effective operation. A façade awning installed above the facility supports shading the medium at high temperatures and is also automatically regulated by the controlling system.

The façade facility on the EUREF campus proves that the cultivation of microalgae in urban areas is possible and even provides an economic benefit. The constantly moving elements of the facility fascinate visually and contribute directly to sustainable concept of the location.

EUBIA welcomes PNO!

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CONSULTANTS WITHIN THE BIOECONOMY FIELD


EUBIA is glad to welcome on board PNO Consultants, an important long-term stakeholder within the European bioeconomy panorama. 

PNO is an independent grants and innovation consultancy, providing full services throughout Europe to a wide range of clients: from SMEs to multinational companies, non-profit organisations, technological platforms, multi-stakeholder partnerships, universities and governments. It combines an understanding of the dynamics of commercial activities and ambitions in the area of innovation and investments with insights into key societal issues that are supported by government funding.

PNO is partner in multiple EU-funded projects (including FP7 and Horizon 2020) and has performed many more commercial assignments in this field. Particularly relevant are the recently completed FP7 projects BIO-TIC and BIO-MIMETIC and the freshly started Horizon 2020 projects BioLinX and ROBOX.

 

To know more visit http://www.pnoconsultants.com/pno

Launch of the €8 million AGROCYCLE

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EUBIA proudly announces the launch of €8 million Horizon2020 AGROCYCLE research and innovation project addressing the recycle and valorisation of waste from the agri-food sector. Part of the 26 partners consortium from 8 EU countries plus mainland China and Hong Kong, EUBIA will assist in the development of a holistic approach to advancing and understanding how to make the best use of the full range of waste streams from the agri-food sector to achieve sustainable agri-food waste valorisation. Europe is currently generating 1.3 billion tonnes of waste each year and among these, 700 million tonnes are agricultural waste. Taking into account the one third projected increase in world population by 2050, best estimates indicate a need to increase agricultural and food production by two thirds by 2050 to keep up with the food demand while avoiding climate change impacts such as desertification and water shortages. The project with a duration of 3 years will involve a wide range of European agricultural sectors such as the wine, olive oil, horticulture, fruit, grassland, swine, dairy and poultry industries creating sustainable value chains for the agricultural sector both at primary and processing levels across organic and conventional farming. 

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