INGREEN workshop on PHAs recovered from wastewater

The second INGREEN workshop ‘Closing the Loop – Transforming paper milling side streams into high-value prebiotics and bioplastics: An industrial Collaboration’ will be held online on 15 March 2022.

This event is part of the INGREEN series showcasing key project developments from consortium partners Innoven, Smurfit Kappa, NovaID, Tecnopackaging and Avecom and is hosted by project partner Munster Technological University. We will take you on a journey from initial identification of the paper milling waste to value opportunity, including the process of validating and prototyping of high quality bioactives which has led to the creation of scalable and sustainable value chain solutions for the feed and packaging industries.

The pulp and paper industries are ranked as the world’s third-largest consumer of water producing high volumes of organic-rich wastewater. Our project seeks to transform these wastes through the recovery of useful compounds and the conversion into value-added products, such as PHAs that can be used as prebiotics for animal feed and as building blocks for bioplastics. INGREEN also aims to develop sustainable demonstration scale biorefineries to produce biomasses enriched in PHA from paper milling wastewater.

To improve the environmental outcomes of the novel technologies developed in the project, INGREEN will reduce the use of toxic solvents by developing eco-friendly extraction and purification methods that employ the use of bacteria. This will achieve a more sustainable process that fully exploits the potential of paper milling side streams to produce PHA with a high purity grade.

Make sure to register here

Webinar programme:

  • Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA): The future substitute for synthetic plastics? by Jesùs R Gamero from INNOVEN, Italy
  • PHA-enriched Biomass Production: Paper Mill Waste Water, Pilot Plant Description, Biomass Production Process by Luca Santarlasci Smurfit Kappa Italy
  • PHA recovery from mixed microbial cultures using green approaches,  by Nídia Lourenço, NOVAID, Portugal
  • Production of PHA biodegradable film for bag-in-box- products, by Irene Serrano, Tecnopackaging, Spain
  • Use of PHA in feed: Characterization and use of microbial biomasses for feed applications, by Kim Wendey, AVECOM, Belgium
  • Q&A Panel discussion

Event moderated by Dr Helena McMahon, Munster Technological University, Ireland

This online workshop will be held on Tuesday 15 March from 12:30 – 13:45 CET. Register here