Project title: National Center of Competence - Biorefining as circulatory technologies (NCC - BIOCIRTECH)
Registration number: TN01000048
Duration of the project: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2020
Principal Investigator: Institute of Chemical Processes, Czech Academy of Science, v.v.i.
Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES) project coordinator: Ing. Lenka Wimmerová, MSc., Ph.D.
Contact person and project administration: Mgr. Michal Brož
The National Center of Competence (NCC) BIOCIRTECH deals with the manufacturing of biomass of microbial, plant, animal and waste origin through chemical, biochemical and physical processes in order to obtain valuable products with high added value that can be used in food production, agriculture and energy industries.
The aim of the center is to create new products from renewable sources that are processed by environmentally friendly technologies, while taking into account current social issues (food sustainability, use of natural resources, sustainable energy).
Bio-chemical, chemical or physical methods can be used for bio-refining in order to obtain valuable and desirable products (new materials, biologically active ingredients, bioplastics, detergents, pharmaceuticals, energy-usable waste, etc.). These products are comparable with similar products coming from mainstream production or could represent products based only on a biological basis. One advantage is that waste from one technology can became input raw material for further technological use. It is obvious that the combination of primary and secondary raw materials or waste based inputs can possibly have an economic impact on product prices.
FES participates in four subprojects within NCC BIOCIRTECH: 01. Animal waste processing, 03. Modification of algal tribes in order to increase the content of fatty acids and carotenoids and development of methods for their effective isolation from biomass, 04. Valorisation of plant biomass by bio-refining procedures and 05 Technologies for utilization of waste biomass.
Within these subprojects, the FES team examines the environmental impact of developed bio-refining technologies using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Assessment (RA) methodology. If the obtained results are favorable, the FES team will prepare documentation for the validation of the developed technologies by the EU Environmental Technology Verification (EU ETV) and the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
In subprojects no. 03 and 05, the FES team will also examine the utilization of waste from intensive algae production by transforming them into active sorbents for the removal of certain organic pollutants from industrial wastewater. The possibility of using new algae species for assessing ecotoxicity of wastewater will also be tested.
Other participants: Algamo s.r.o. (ALGAMO), IČ: 28826825
Biofyzikální ústav AV ČR, v.v.i. (BFÚ), IČ: 68081707
Botanický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i. (BÚ), IČ: 67985939
Briklis, spol. s r.o. (BRIKLIS), IČ: 43833497
Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze (ČZU), IČ: 60460709
České vysoké učení technické v Praze (ČVUT), IČ: 68407700
EcoFuel Laboratories s.r.o. (ECOFUEL), IČ: 28973852
Mikrobiologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i. (MBÚ), IČ: 61388971
RNDr. David Novotný, Ph.D. (NOVOTNÝ), IČ: 86997696
RABBIT Trhový Štěpánov a.s. (RABBIT), IČ: 18622437
REMA Systém, a.s. (REMA), IČ: 64510263
Unipetrol výzkumně vzdělávací centrum, a.s. (UNICRE), IČ: 62243136
Ústav chemických procesů AV ČR, v.v.i. (ÚCHP), IČ: 67985858
Ústav výzkumu globální změny AV ČR, v.v.i. (ÚVGZ), IČ: 86652079
Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze (VŠCHT), IČ: 60461373
Výzkumný ústav Silva Taroucy pro krajinu a okrasné zahradnictví, v.v.i. (VÚKOZ), IČ: 00027073