BIOREFINE

Recycling inorganic chemicals from agro- and bio-industry waste streams.

Period: 

05/2011 to 12/2015

Budget: 

€2 723 032.00

An increasing demand for nutrients by the food industry causes a rapid depletion of our natural resources. On the other hand, there is a surplus of nutrients present in waste streams leading to environmental pollution. It has thus become necessary to maximally close the nutrient cycles and migrate to a more sustainable resource management. The Biorefine project aims to minimize residue flows from the agro- and bio-industry and economically valorize minerals recovered from these residue flows. At the same time, the project serves as the the sercretariat of the strategic cluster ‘Biorefine Cluster Europe’. This cluster brings together the industry, research institutes and policy makers with regards to the development and market implementation of technologies concerning biogas, bio refinery and nutrient recuperation. UGent is the lead partner. Other key partners are:  Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Alterra, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, University of Leeds, LDAR and Enerbiom.

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