Backgrounds and Objectives
The global bio-solvents landscape has witnessed robust growth over the past few years. Eco-friendly nature, low volatile organic compound emission and high adoption rate and demand from end-user industries as well as strict environmental regulations are anticipated to boost the market in the coming years.
For all the benefits it brings about, WaysTUP! targets the production of bio-solvents as a solution to tackle the waste treatment issue.
Feedstock material will be source-separated bio-waste from households. The WaysTUP! Project foresees to establish a new type of bio-mass from source-separated bio-waste for the production of ethanol through a combination of sustainable processes including drying as a first step followed by enzymatic hydrolysis.
The application of drying will ensure both the production of a high-quality raw material that can be easily stored and handled and the preservation of the main structural polysaccharides and organic compounds for a long time due to microbial inactivation and low moisture content.
The application of the new enzymatic formulations will be examined in the plant aiming to maximize glucose yield. Preliminary lab-scale experiments of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) group have identified inhibitory factors of enzymatic hydrolysis such as oil content. Elimination of these factors will promote enzymatic hydrolysis.
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