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DAFIA - Biomacromolecules from municipal solid bio-waste fractions and fish waste for high added value applications

DAFIA - Biomacromolecules from municipal solid bio-waste fractions and fish waste for high added value applications

Published 23 January 2017

The main objective of DAFIA is to exploit municipal solid wastes (MSW) and marine rest raw materials (MRRM) as feedstocks for higher value products. Municipal solids wastes represents more than 500 kg/capita (EU-27 average) and 300 million tonnes overall every year in the EU-32. Currently, approximately 50% of this volume is landfilled, while the rest is incinerated for energy production.

More than 1.3 million tonnes of marine rest raw materials (MRRM) are generated in Europe each year. Some countries, such as Norway and Denmark, are utilising a high fraction of the MRRM, mainly as animal feed. However, fish viscera and skin are underutilised and will the targeted feedstocks in DAFIA.

The parallel exploitation of the two feedstocks is expected to create synergies, for instance by transfer of knowledge in processing and fractionation from MRRM- to MSW-handling, and by utilisation of MRRM-fractions as nutrients in fermentations based on MSW.

The targeted products are chemical building blocks (dicarboxylic acids and diamine) for further conversion to polyamides and polyesters, flame-retardants and edible/barrier coatings. New microbial strains and processes for conversion of major feedstock fractions, as well as enzymatic and chemical modifications of components isolated from the feedstock or produced in microbial processes, will be developed. Up to four products, at least one from each of the two value-chains (MSW & MRRM), will be selected based on the potential commercial value and the technical feasibility, and evaluated at pilot scale to reach technology readiness level (TRL) 5.

SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture will develop stable, high-quality products from MRRM, with gelatine as a main product. SINTEF Materials and Chemistry will participate in two main parts of the project; isolation of nucleic acids from MRRM for potential use as flame-retardants, and development of microbial strains and process for production of a diamine from MSW.

 Consortium:

  • AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS, Spain (koordinator)
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO, Italy
  • SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK (Ocean) AS, Norway
  • STIFTELSEN SINTEF, Norway
  • DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET, Denmark
  • CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS, France
  • NUTRIMAR AS, Norway
  • INNOVACIO I RECERCA INDUSTRIAL I SOSTENIBLE SL, Spain
  • BIOTREND - INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA, Portugal
  • DAREN LABORATORIES & SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANTS LTD, Israel
  • MINE PLASTIK ENDUSTRIYEL URUNLER VE SERT MADEN KIMYA LIMITED SIRKETI, Tyrkey
  • BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW, Belgium
  • BIOPOLIS SL, Spain
  • ARKEMA FRANCE, France
  • The National Non-Food Crops Centre, UK

 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under GA No. 720770

Senior Research Scientist

Project duration

01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

Contact at SINTEF Ocean:

Rasa Slizyte'

Research Scientist
Name
Rasa Slizyte'
Title
Research Scientist
Phone
982 45 033
Department
Processing Technology
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF Ocean AS