ELLIPSE project will address the valorisation of two heterogeneous waste streams generated in significant amounts in Europe, slaughterhouse waste (bellygrass or rumen content) and paper and pulp sludge, to produce cost-efficient polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) for agricultural and personal care applications, by the co-processing with other organic wastes (OW) such as sludge from the dairy industry and glycerol from the biodiesel industry, as well as recovering nutrients to produce bio-based fertilizers (BBFs). The integration of these waste streams as biorefinery feedstocks will allow reducing the volumes of waste destined to landfill or anaerobic digestion, opening new avenues for platform chemicals and bioplastics production while creating additional revenue for the related industries generating them, with added advantages of water recycling, decreased soil degradation, groundwater pollution and methane emissions. The selected ELLIPSE feedstocks are locally available and renewable leading to close to 100% renewable sourced for personal care packaging and agricultural products. ELLIPSE project will be able to cope with at least 100 tonnes of slaughterhouse waste and 20 tons of wastewater sludge derived from pulp and paper industry. The ELLIPSE technology will impact in the European bioeconomy by valorising 20,000 tons or rumen content waste and 50,000 tons of paper sludge per year.
COMMUNICATION, DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION
ENCO is the leader of the Communication, Dissemination & Exploitation activities in WP8. It will work to (i) facilitate networking with relevant stakeholders (industry, research, public decision-makers) and ensuring outreach to the public at large, and (ii) achieve widespread acceptance and practical take-up of the ELLIPSE innovation results by properly managing and protecting project knowledge and outputs.
May 1 st, 2023