Food to Waste to Food
Start date: Aug 1, 2012,
End date: Jul 31, 2015
The greenhouse horticulture sector is the ideal sector to convert local organic waste into food. THE difference with other sectors, is that horticulture needs CO2 to stimulate plant growth, while other industries emit CO2. There is a big opportunity for the greenhouse sector to obtain local organic waste, and put this into use with good businesses advantage. However: greenhouses have poor energy performance and a high carbon footprint. We will supply AgriPOD installations: equipment based on the innovative technology that enables a low-energy and zero carbon footprints for food production that is less complex and less costly than a greenhouse.The overall goal of our project is to increase the use of organic waste as valuable input for producing a closed-loop process in which we produce crops. The waste problem, clean water shortages, the lack of fertile lands, the pollution that is part of agriculture, and global warming, etc. makes it necessary and more profitable to close material cycles locally. In our process it is possible to control the mass and energy flow and model the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles. Clean energy & water is a benefit that reduces competition between agriculture and urban populations for the same limited fresh water resources.F2W2F is the demonstration of a closed cycle organic waste treatment system. The integration makes it possible to exploit all products from the digester in an optimal way. All the eco-innovative techniques used are scientifically or technically demonstrated; the combination is unique. The integrated system has several physically integrated elements:I. Organic waste pre-treatment technology;II. Anaerobic digester for digesting the waste creating biogas and liquid effluent as fertiliser;III. An ecological aquatic train to treat the leachate to pure water;IV. A combined heat and power unit;V. A digestate separation technology;VI. An AgriPOD using advanced SolaRoof energy efficiency with a double Dyneon cover.
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