Since January 2016, 16 applications were submitted by the central management team of the Biorefine Cluster. This month (October 2017), the team scored a hat trick with 3 grants on 3 project proposals: ALG-AD, NEW-C-COUNTRY, RENU2FARM.

The BIOSURF (Biomethane as Sustainable and Renewable Fuel – project has thoroughly studied the conditions for opening the whole European market for biomethane distributed through the natural gas network. It was concluded that an independent, professional and transparent administrative system is necessary to ensure market confidence and exclude double counting and double sale. The system is based on the cooperation of the national biomethane registries (presently in 8 European countries) and is designed to for easy expansion for all other states.

The blue chain aims to re-boost Flemish and Dutch greenhouse horticulture by expanding the existing range of products. A product that shows great potential is the microalgae Spirulina as it contains an important source of phycocyanin, which is a natural blue dye. Next to cultivating and valorising Spirulina, the project aims to valorise the produced waste streams, using duckweed.

On 27 and 28 November 2017, the third edition of the ManuREsource conference - International conference on manure management and valorization - will take place in Eindhoven. A facultative field trip with exclusive site visits to local manure processing installations will be organised on 29 November 2017.

On 21 June 2017, the event "Biofactory of the future" (BioFabriek van de toekomst - Drijvende krachten voor de bio-economie in Vlaanderen) will take place in Ghent. This 1-day gathering on the topics of biorefinery and biobased economy is organised by the Biorefine Cluster Europe, Bio Base Europe, UGent, POM Oost-Vlaanderen and the province of Eastern Flanders.

Mid-September, the Interreg North West Europe (NWE) Monitoring Committee approved 8 new projects of which 5 were focused on the optimization of natural resources and materials re(use) in NWE. PHOSforYOU, coordinated by the German partner ‘Lippeverband’ was one of the successful project.

Biogas-E and Ghent University – as co-hosts of the EBA-conference – have taken the initiative for a Summer School which is built around and incorporates the EBA conference.

Since many years, UGent research group Thermal Energy in Industry (TEI) has been elaborating practical oriented research in the field of industrial waste heat valorization. Results of own work as well as from other groups, together with promising developments and reference applications by companies are presented on a regular base via a series of conferences. These conferences are not conceived to be “for and by” academics but especially to inform industrials about technology (almost) ready for use in industrial processes. The 4th International Symposium on waste heat valorization in industrial processes will take place on 23-24 May 2016 in Kortrijk.

The Flemish Coordination Centre for Manure Processing or VCM (Belgium) organizes the second edition of the ‘Ivan Tolpe’ Award. This award is handed out every two years to the participant proposing an innovative technique contributing to the processing of manure in a more sustainable and cost-efficient way. It is a homage to Ivan Tolpe, a pioneer in manure processing from West-Flanders. This year, also participants from abroad can join the competition!