From agricultural waste to marketable products

Agricultural waste represents a huge pool of untapped resources that can be turned into valuable assets with many potential industrial applications. An EU-funded project is looking for innovative approaches to convert the growing amount of human-produced agricultural waste into eco-efficient, bio-based products.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 11 July 2019  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Agriculture & foodAgriculture  |  Food safety & health risks
Industrial research
Innovation
International cooperation
Research policyHorizon 2020
SMEs
Countries involved in the project described in the article
China  |  Denmark  |  France  |  Germany  |  Greece  |  Hungary  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Portugal  |  Serbia  |  Sweden  |  Switzerland  |  Taiwan
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From agricultural waste to marketable products

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Agricultural residues such as straw, winery waste or manure can be recovered and converted into fertiliser, energy, materials and molecules offering both economic and environmental benefits.

The EU-funded NOAW project is developing more efficient processes for turning agricultural waste into marketable bio-based products. Researchers are seeking to improve existing and widely used waste-conversion methods. They are also working towards breakthroughs in agro-waste molecular science, with a view towards developing more robust, more effective and eco-friendly waste-conversion processes.

The ultimate aim is to develop a set of processes that, when implemented in a specific sequence, can achieve virtually full conversion of agro-waste. The resulting outputs are a collection of high-added-value bio-fertilisers, bio-chemicals, bio-energy sources and material building blocks. Together, they can replace a significant range of non-renewable equivalents.

A holistic, life-cycle-based approach encompassing the full chain of agricultural production, waste disposal and waste conversion is fundamental to the NOAW project. A key step for the project is the creation of innovative software-based assessment tools for closed-loop agro-waste management.

The new tools allow agriculturists to develop complete and coherent waste management strategies. These can include new processes and process sequences that take into account many variables, such as the full and diverse range of European regional and seasonal specificities.

Throughout the project, exchange of knowledge and data among a broad community of agro-scientists is being supported through the Knowledge Exchange Stakeholders Platform. The NOAW project team is also working with cross-sector business clusters. They are gathering insights into the potential for new business concepts that could help to accelerate the uptake of NOAW strategies within agriculture.

Project details

  • Project acronym: NOAW
  • Participants: France (Coordinator), Italy, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Serbia, Hungary, Portugal, Greece, Swtizerland, Netherlands, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China
  • Project N°: 688338
  • Total costs: € 7 816 232
  • EU contribution: € 6 887 570
  • Duration: October 2016 to September 2020

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