The event “New technologies for integrated waste recovery with energy production and water reuse” was organized with great success by TEDRA and the Laboratory of Natural Resources and Alternative Energy Forms of the Institute of Chemical Processes and Energy Resources of the National Center for Research and Technological Development (CERTH), under the aegis of the Central Macedonia Region, at the CERTH Conference Center on Tuesday 27th March 2018.
The event was attended by a significant number of stakeholders, including representatives of Local Government, many industries and other businesses active in the production and processing of agricultural products, as well as researchers, academics and other special scientists and technicians.
The evening, coordinated by Dr. Chemical Engineer Konstantinos Plaka, a collaborating researcher of EFEM, started with the greetings of Mr. Ioannis Tolios, CEO of TEDRA , Konstantinos Pallas, Deputy Chief Executive of the Region of Central Macedonia, Angelos Lappas, Deputy Director of IDEB / CERTH, and Anastassiou Karabela, Director of the ΕΦΕΜ / IDPE Laboratory, who highlighted the usefulness of the event to inform all stakeholders about the developments and benefits of implementing innovative technologies for the exploitation of agro-industrial waste. At the beginning of the talks, Chemical Engineer Sotiris Patsios, a collaborating EFEM researcher, referred to the need to promote “Cyclical Economy” technologies and processes in the management of all types of agro-industrial waste and by-products, while also presenting indicative research efforts by EFEM in the framework of the relevant research projects ” AGROCYCLE – Sustainable techno-economic solutions for the agricultural value chain “and” REVOLUTION – Recovery of nutrients from the liquid wastewater of anaerobic digestion of liquid food waste through innovative membrane technologies “.
Mr. Pantelis Glialos, Director of the Environmental Department of TEDRA, presented briefly the TEDRA Group and outlined the available technologies of the group along with indicative projects in the field of environmental protection and liquid and solid waste management. Subsequently, Ms. Jorien van Geest, Sales Manager of the Dutch company Biothane, a member of VEOLIA Group, referred to Biothane’s engineering projects across Europe on the basis of anaerobic treatment of high-pollutant agro-industrial waste from cheese / milk processing, fruit and wine production. Finally, Mr. Efthimios Ferekidis, Environmental Engineer at TEDRA, described a model anaerobic digester processing facility based on anaerobic membrane bioreactor technology (MBR). This unit, which will be built at the premises of “BIZIOS S.A. – Dairy Manufacturing” in Elassona, is the first plant in Greece to implement this innovative technology.
The event was completed with questions from the participants and an exchange of views and positions on the issues of agro-industrial waste processing, the relevant business opportunities, the available technologies, as well as the required steps of all stakeholders (state, local government, entrepreneurs , producers, research and academia) to promote the concept of Cyclical Economy and the treatment of agro-industrial waste and by-products not as waste to be discarded but as recoverable materials for the recovery of marketable products, bioenergy and water for re-use, while protecting the environment.