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Launch of the Model2Bio project in which it participates Tecnun
The objective is to develop a tool that gives a second chance to waste from the agri-food industry.
The Model2bio project has begun, which involves various European stakeholders and seeks to develop a tool capable of predicting and giving a second use to waste from the agri-food industry, in order to recycle and reuse it. The research process includes testing and validation in the meat, vegetable, dairy and beverage industries in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece. The tool consists of a predictive mathematical modeling that estimates the usefulness of each food waste to choose the best route for its valorization and its potential for resource and energy recovery in each valorization, as well as seasonality and geographical location.
The project, coordinated by Ceit, has the participation of Tecnun, as well as industrial companies, technology centers, universities and different organizations that will provide a heterogeneous and complementary vision.
The director of the Industrial Organization department of the School, Elisabeth Viles, explains that the participation of Tecnun is given, above all, at the beginning of the project, "where the aim is to know how the production systems of the industries of the agri-food sector are defined in relation to the generation and management of their waste, in order to characterize them", emphasizes Viles. In this part of the project, the Department of Industrial Organization of Tecnun participates, and more specifically the group of Sustainable Improvement group.
"The objective of this part is to gather the necessary information to feed two important work packages of the project: one has to do with the simulation models that will be carried out to establish the possibilities of waste valorization, and the other with the development of a mathematical optimization model that, based on knowledge of the waste generated by the companies, will allow a reliable estimate to be made," emphasizes Elisabeth Viles.
The project will last three years and will be funded by the Bio-Based industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) initiative of the Horizon 2020 program, the European program for research and innovation in various thematic areas. Model2Bio, framed within the scope of the Circular Economy, is aligned with the European objective of significantly reducing the amount of bio-waste sent to landfills. Thus becoming a potential substitute for fossil fuel-based resources and being used as raw material for bio-based industries.