Agrocycle Steering Committee has been held in January 17th in Thessaloniki, Greece
The meeting was hosted in the facilities of the Centre for Research & Technology (CERTH), one of the consortium partners and leader of the WP1 and WP4 (Agricultural waste value chain and Agricultural and wastewater exploitation & treatment, respectively). The meeting started with an introduction about the different CERTH institutes, history, basic information about the centre and their role in the Agrocycle project and how they are facing it with their available facilities. After this introduction, the progress and the next steps of all the project’s WPs were presented by the WP Leaders and the involved partners. A brief discussion for the celebration of a meeting/workshop in China in 2018 also took place.
Rocio Roldan as WP2 Leader was in charge of the presentation and discussion about the “Biofuels production”. An overview about the activities related to the production of bioethanol, biobutanol, bio-oil, biomethane and bio-electricity (from microbial fuel cells in collaboration with Nanjing Tech University) from agricultural and forestry residues was shown and what the next steps would be for the development of the activities during the next 20 months as well as the potential synergies with other WPs, especially soil remediation and wastewater treatment. Some attendants showed their inquiries and technical doubts about the different technologies involved throughout the WP.
At the end of the meeting, a technical tour around the CERTH facilities was carried out and Professor Anastasios Karabelas and Dr. Sotiris Patsios explained their different technologies.
“We are really proud of leading such an interesting area as it is the biofuel production from residues as feedstocks. The progress of the Agrocycle project has been impressive during these first 6 months and we expected to obtain relevant results and create synergies inside and outside the consortium. There is no doubt about the necessity of a more efficient agricultural value chain and due to the rapid growth of the planet population, it will be demanded an increasing amount of resources. The exploitation of the residues and wastes from the agricultural, farming and forestry activities to get valuable intermediate or final products, as biofuels, fertilisers or pharmaceutical components, among others, is one of the paths to set a circular and more sustainable future” – Says Rocio Roldan, chemical engineer at Exergy and WP2 Leader in the Agrocycle project.