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Phase 1 of the F-CUBED Project

The work in this phase aimed to determine the chemical and physical properties of the wet organic streams and the optimal process conditions of the pilot plant

WE ARE READY FOR THE PILOT CAMPAIGNS !

LET US DESCRIBE THE WORK DONE IN PHASE 1 TO ENABLE PILOT TESTING IN THE F-CUBED PROJECT

  1. Representative samples of feedstock were delivered to TNO (Netherlands), where all the analysis in this stage was carried out. All selected feedstocks were characterized with standard fuel analysis and quantification of the organic content, which was necessary to evaluate processing and anaerobic digestibility. Involved partners: TNO, SWE, SKP, APPO, CFE, DELAFRUIT
  2. The selected feedstocks were tested under a range of hydrothermal reaction conditions to optimise the TORWASH reactor for the pilot testing. The parameters studied were dewaterability, solids settling, solid mass yield, and inorganics distribution between the solid and liquid phases after filtration. We paid special attention to Chlorine (Cl), Sodium (Na), Calcium (Ca) and Potassium (K), which are relevant for fuel quality and Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), which are relevant for fertilizer applications. Involved partners: TNO
  3. The partners explored added-value products delivered by TORWASH, relevant to the specific industry.
    • Recycling P and N from paper sludge
    • Recovering low-grade oil from wet olive pomace
    • Recovering terpenes from orange peels.
    Involved partners: TNO, DELAFRUIT, APPO, CFE, SKP, SWE
  4. The optimal process conditions for the pilot TORWASH reactor and pilot filter press, as well as the type of auxiliary equipment needed was also determined. The filterability and dewaterability of the TORWASH effluent was tested at lab scale and at LIMF, varying parameters such as filter porosity and pressure.

Phase 2 of the F-Cubed Project.

Pilot testing has begun and the first stop on F-Cubed´s European tour is the Smurfit Kappa paper manufacturing plant in Sweden. Here the F-Cubed team will be scaling up their efforts to convert paper sludge into a viable bioenergy carrier.

Stay tuned for more reports and updates from the next phases of F-Cubed´s pilot testing from olive oil producers Appo in Italy and Delafruit in Spain.

Waste Olive Pomace Treatment

WP3 - Waste Olive Pomace Treatment

Testing is going well on the second stop of F-Cubed´s European tour at the Appo olive oil facility in Italy. The first cookies have been produced from the treatment of the virgin olive oil pomace in the Torwash reactor.

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