BIOWASTE4SP : Turning biowaste into sustainable products: development of appropriate conversion technologies applicable in developing countries

Project identifier 86-BIOWASTE4SP
Project Status finished
Start date 2012-10-01
End date 2015-09-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Cross-cutting issues: Social and cultural features of food production systems
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme FP7-KBBE
    Keyword Food waste; Biowaste; conversion technologies; Feedstock
    Location Morocco; Egypt; South Africa; Kenya; Ghana
    Budget 3 885 598
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator Danish Technological Institute (DTI)
  • Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL)
  • Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
  • SIRIM Berhad
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-Ghana)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Agricultural Research Centre (ARC), Egypt
  • University of Siena (UNISI)
  • Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences (IAV)
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • eThekwini Municipality
  • MyAgri Group of Companies
  • Biovelop BV
  • Moroccan Association of Solid Waste (AMADES Morocco)
  • African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD)
  • World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO)
  • Project Web Site
  • Final report summary (in Cordis)
  • Publication
  • Description


    Despite the fact that there is great demand for food in Africa, there is a big waste of especially food products in both agriculture and at plantations due to heat, poor harvesting-  and storage methods.

    In Ghana up 30 % of the produced cassava ends as waste. This type of biowaste is especially rich in starch, which is a highly suitable substrate for fermentation processes for the production of ethanol, lactic acid and amino acids.

    Biowaste4SP is a project at eye level between European and African partners.

    The project will provide the basis for knowledge exchange between Europe, Africa and Malaysia in terms of how biowaste can be converted into biogas and fertilizer from lignocellulosic biomass and ethanol, lactic acids, amino acids and protein from the starch-based waste products.

    In the project 6 PhD and Postdoc students are trained in the used methods and technologies.

    Objectives in the project:
    • Identify and characterize biowaste streams with a significant sugar or nutrient content in five African countries: Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.
    • Developing pre-treatment processes for an efficient conversion of biowaste into fermentable substrates and upgraded polysaccharide fraction (sugar platform) that can ferment.
    • Developing the most appropriate bio-conversion methods for converting pretreated sugar solutions from biowaste into ethanol, lactic and amino acids.
    • Recovering and upgrading DDGS (protein fraction from ethanol and lactic acid production) by solid state fermentation.
    • Deriving the best technologies for downstream processing.
    • Conversion of all unconverted waste streams to biogas and CO-production in a compost facility.
    • Evaluating the whole process chain of producing biobased energy carriers, chemical amino acids, proteins, and fertilizer from biowaste in terms of sustainability and economic viability.
    • Disseminating the results to industry and stakeholders and providing guidelines for using biowaste as a resource for production of bio-based sustainable products.