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