Funding body: 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.
Start year: 2014
Completion year: 2017
Project name: Pilot plant for environmentally friendly animal by-products industries.
The overall objective of the PILOT-ABP project is to provide the animal by-products processing industry with technology for higher economic returns while lowering environmental impact, improving the manufacturing process with lower energy inputs, and producing high-quality end products. The specific project goals are as follows:
- Application of pyrolysis to animal by-products to mainly obtain bio-oil as fuel or as a source of higher purity grade oils and fats. During the process, two by-products are obtained: a char and a liquid phase that could be used as a liquid fertiliser.
- Application of new extraction technologies based on the process of using animal by-products to obtain high-value animal oils.
- Obtaining gelatines and collagen by-products for the manufacture of functional and biodegradables biopolymers that are more sustainable and environmentally-friendly based on the process of using animal by-products.
The expected outcomes from the three pilot plants are:
- A bio-oil as the main product of the innovative pyrolysis process, suitable as fuel and/or for obtaining specific oils or other value-added products.
- A small amount of char that may be recovered for power generation in gasification plants.
- An aqueous phase with various soluble substances that can be used as liquid fertilizer.
- High added-value oil and fatty acids obtained from separating animal by-products. These new oleic acid-based products will be used in the cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical industry.
- Proteinaceous materials for generating multiple value-added products:
- Functional products in growing demand, such as microencapsulated active substances or stabilised nanoparticles.
- Biodegradable products, such as bio-adhesives for the wood, bookbinding and footwear industries, amongst others.
- New bio-flocculants, emulsifiers or foaming agents for the chemical industry.