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Know-how transfer in waste management for developing new biotechnology applications in developing countries

The Project

  • Recently an extraction and refining technology, which can be integrated into a current composting facility, was developed at TU Darmstadt.
  • The technology allows the production of bio-based products from waste.
  • The potential transfer of this technology to other countries is examined. The African countries Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire are case studies.
  • An educational program on waste management and waste treatments is developed conjointly.
  • The project consists of a research and a teaching part.

The Objective

  • Producing bio-based products (such as solvents, lubricants or polymers based on medium chain fatty acids) which can be integrated into the economic cycle of the case study regions.
  • Thus, an added value within the meaning of waste management is produced, focusing on resource saving and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.
  • The German, Ivorian and Moroccan universities are reviewing the waste management systems in Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco.


  • Addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy (EU Commission, 2012).
  • Nowadays the use of bio-technologies in terms of creating a sustainable bio-economy gets more and more important in the EU.