Thank you for deciding to take part in this short questionnaire on the RES URBIS project. RES URBIS received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 730349 (Call CIRC-05-2016: Unlocking the potential of urban organic waste), and began in January 2017, ending in January 2020.
In the following you will find a few questions about using urban biowaste as a renewable resource to be transformed into valuable bio-products in the general frame work of a Circular Economy.
Your answers will be of significant relevance for the development of the RES URBIS project that is mostly devoted to valorising urban bio-waste into bioplastics.
We thank you for taking the time to participate and will inform you of the results once completed.
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Before continuing with the questionnaire, here is a brief summary of the Res Urbis project
RES URBIS aims to make it possible to convert several types of urban bio-waste into valuable bio-based products, in an integrated single biowaste biorefinery and by using one main technology chain.
Urban bio-waste includes the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (from households, restaurants, caterers and retail premises), excess sludge from urban wastewater treatment, garden and parks waste, selected waste from food-processing (if better recycling options in the food chain are not available.)
Bio-based products include a biopolymer (polyhydroxyalkanoate, PHA) and related PHA-based bioplastics as well as ancillary productions: biosolvents (to be used in PHA extraction) and fibers (to be used for PHA biocomposites). The intention of the project is important to understand: that we wish to produce from biowaste new products that are indistinguishable from products currently made from virgin polymers. In this way we want to achieve true circularity of materials.
Territorial and economic analyses will be undertaken either considering the ex-novo implementation of the biowaste biorefinery or its integration into existing wastewater treatment or anaerobic digestion plants, with reference to clusters and for different production sizes. The economic analysis will be based on a portfolio of PHA-based bioplastics, which will be produced at pilot scale and tested for applications:
- Biodegradable commodity film
- Packaging interlayer film
- Speciality durables (such as electronics)
- Premium slow C-release material for ground water remediation
The questionnaire is closed. Click here to download its scheme and questions in pdf format.