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H2020 CE-SFS-39-2019: Searching partners for different profiles on treatment technologies to convert digestate into a suitable fertilizer or soil amender

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ABSTRACT

A Spanish research centre experienced in industrial environment is preparing a proposal for the topic “CE-SFS-39-2019: High-quality organic fertilizers from biogas digestate”. The project aims to develop and validate a new process to convert digestate from biogas plants into different fertilizers, easing their integration in the market. They search agro-food actors and farmers, a technology provider, a research centre, end users and public administrations to participate with them in the project.


FULL DESCRIPTION

A Spanish research centre, experienced in industrial environment over 20 years, specifically in wastewater and sludge treatments, and having both laboratory and semi-industrial pilots to test and find the best solution, is preparing a project proposal aimed to develop and validate a new process to convert digestate from biogas plants into different fertilizers. Another objective would be the policy inclusion and implementation to ease the integration of these new products in the market.

The R&D project is based on the procurement of fertilisers and energy from waste. This is done through biogas plants, which produces a high amount of a substance called digestate, which is currently considered also a waste and it is being spread in fields although this use does not imply any economic revenue and besides may be strictly controlled in the forthcoming years.

The composition of this raw material depends on the types of waste accepted at the biogas plants, it usually contains high moisture content and it is currently managed as a waste although its use is being strictly regulated in some countries.

The expertise of the Spanish centre covers biological treatments, chemical extraction, membranes, vacuum evaporation, termofilic aerobic digestion and fertilizers extraction from sludge, and they have coordinated and participated in many European projects.

A Spanish company, whose activity is based in the construction and promotion of biogas plants as well as management of waste valorisation projects, is also involved in the proposal. They have a wide experience in running biogas plants set in different European countries.

They are searching for different partners to be involved in the proposal, with the following characteristics and project roles:

• Agro-food actors: to provide their point of view on the possibilities of fertilizer formulation, validation and market insertion of the product
• Farmers/Farmers associations to specify market needs, to share consumer needs and spread the information of the obtained products
• Technology provider: to provide technical equipment to the project, set up and run the pilot plant of digestate treatment
• Research centre: to propose waste input optimization to the biogas plant and possible inclusion of biological amendments to the digestate
• End user: a biogas plant
• Public administration: a City Hall in the municipality where the biogas plant is settled to promote and connect different stakeholders and final entities to the main provider of fertilizers based on digestate

- Official deadline for the call: JANUARY 2019
- Deadline for EoIs: 15 october 2018
- Anticipated duration of the project: 33 months


Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: • Agro-food actors: to provide their point of view on the possibilities of fertilizer formulation, validation and market insertion of the product
• Farmers/Farmers associations to specify market needs, to share consumer needs and spread the information of the obtained products
• Technology provider: to provide technical equipment to the project, set up and run the pilot plant of digestate treatment
• Research centre: to propose waste input optimization to the biogas plant and possible inclusion of biological amendments to the digestate
• End user: a biogas plant
• Public administration: a City Hall in the municipality where the biogas plant is settled to promote and connect different stakeholders and final entities to the main provider of fertilizers based on digestate


Development Stage:

Proposal under development


IPR:

Secret Know-how

Programme - Call:

Evaluation scheme: Innovation action

Acronym: TREND – TRansformiNg and valorizing biogas DigestatE into added value fertilizers

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/ce-sfs-39-2019.html

Deadline: 23/01/2019

Coordinator required: No

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
SPAIN
Profile date
17/09/2018
Deadline
15/10/2018

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Materials \ Energy \ Chemistry & Chemical Engineering \ Environment & Protecting Man \ Renewables \ Drug Discovery and Drug Development \ Diagnostics
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
OTHER INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES / Process Plant Engineering / OTHER INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES / Chemical Technology and Engineering / Agro chemicals / ENERGY / Renewable Sources of Energy / Bio-refineries for energy / ENERGY / Biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) / PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENT / Waste Management / Biotreatment / Compost / Bioconversion
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Manufacture of fertilisers and nitrogen compounds / Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c. / Research and experimental development on biotechnology / Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
MARKET KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Industrial Services / OTHER / Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products / OTHER / Utilities and Related Firms / Other utilities and related firms

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number RDES20180803002