Around 50 percent of this is organic waste, made up of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids, all of which represent useful raw materials for creating valuable products. However, until today this potential has not been fully exploited. Therefore the URBIOFIN project will demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of converting the organic fraction of MSW into chemical building blocks, biopolymers and additives.
The aim of the URBIOFIN project is to demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of the conversion of 10 tonnes per day of the organic fraction of MSW into:
• Chemical building blocks (bioethanol, volatile fatty acids, biogas)
• Biopolymers (short and medium chain polyhydroxyalkanoates,
composites combining different PHAs)
• Additives (bioethylene, microalgae derived biochemicals)
This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745785