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EU-funded consortium embarks upon 42-month organic waste project

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An extraordinary multidisciplinary and multinational team will work together over the next 42 months to develop innovative and sustainable processes to produce biofuels from organic waste with negative emissions.
CARBIOW (Carbon Negative Biofuels from Organic Waste) is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe Programme that addresses green transition and circular economy by proposing novel technologies that cover the whole process of conversion of organic waste to biofuels.
The 42-month project virtually held its kick-off meeting last 3rd November and officially started to work together in the planning of the work to be done in the next months.
The goal of CARBIOW is to establish an efficient and scalable process to convert the Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW) and other hard-to-utilise solid organic wastes to biofuels with the following key targets:
-Establishing a new pre-treatment process of OFMSW where a cleaner, denser, carbon-rich, dry, and homogenous solid biofuel is produced.
- Utilisation of pure oxygen (nitrogen-free gas) in combustion and gasification to produce clean syngas.
- Carbonisation of gasification ashes with CO2 through innovative carbonation techniques to decarbonise the cement industry and address carbon negativity.
- Production of Fischer-Tropsch fuels for the maritime and aviation industry. The latter target will focus on the production of alcohols for maritime, and kerosene for the aviation sector.
The ambition of CARBIOW closely contributes to the key aspects of sustainable development, green transition, and (bio)circular economy by:
- Establishing novel techniques such as torrefaction for organic waste pre-treatment and clean biofuel production.
- Boosting novel technology advancement in oxy-conversion of waste biofuels.
- Valourisation of OFMSW as a reliable, abundant and secured source of biomass; besides boosting collaboration to establish a true bioeconomy.
- Decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors like aviation and maritime.
- Decarbonisation of large industries, such as cement, through CO2 fixation by promoting innovative and efficient techniques and generation of new negative carbon footprint mineral feedstocks.
The consortium is composed of 12 partners spread around Europe: FeyeCon, Universiteit Maastricht and VERTORO from the Netherlands, IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet from Sweden, NIC from Slovenia, Svaheia Eiendom AS from Norway, Sumitomo SHI FW from Finland, Technische Universitat Darmstadt from Germany, VITO from Belgium, and  BIOPLAT, Cementos La Cruz, and the leader, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, from Spain.
The diversity, excellence and strength of the experts within the consortium of CARBIOW guarantee the technological, technical, and societal advancement of the project.