I3A - Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón

Processes & Recycling
Processes & Recycling
Processes & Recycling
Processes & Recycling
Processes & Recycling

The Processes and Recycling Division focuses mainly on aspects related with the exploitation of renewable resources both energy and material and with the minimization, reuse and recycling of wastes in the search for the sustainability of the welfare and the environment. The specific research areas include:

  • Energy and environment
  • Hydrogen technologies
  • Recycling and waste valorization
  • Packaging, food quality and safety
  • Agro-food technologies

 

KEYWORDS

Energy, solar, biomass, renewable, reuse, recycling, green chemistry, hydrogen, biofuel, sustainability, agro-food, packaging, wine, flavor, organoleptic, HVAC, polygeneration, water, waste valorization, waste minimization



Key Projects

Study of adhesives in food packaging. The SAFEMTECH proposal has two main scientific objectives: a) the study of the safety in use of adhesives produced at the GOGLIO company and used in the...

Study of adhesives in food packaging. The SAFEMTECH proposal has two main scientific objectives: a) the study of the safety in use of adhesives produced at the GOGLIO company and used in the production of food packaging materials, and b) the development of active and intelligent packaging systems at industrial level. GOGLIO is a multinational company involved in the whole food packaging chain. It produces adhesives, printing inks, valves and laminates for food packaging. The research group GUIA of the Universidad de Zaragoza (UNIZAR) has considerable expertise in the study of the performance of adhesives in food packaging and their safety in use, as well as in the development and study of active and intelligent food packaging materials. The leader of the group is the inventor in four international patents in this area. The combination of intersectoriality and synergies between the two partners involved in this proposal will lead to the achievement of the objectives.

  • Period: 2010-2014
  • Leader (U. Zaragoza): Cristina Nerín
  • Funded by: European Union (7th FW Programme IAPP-Marie Curie) – Ref. 251382
Responsible (U. Zaragoza): M. Uxue Alzueta
 
Funded by: European Union, H2020
 
Description: Sustainable...
Responsible (U. Zaragoza): M. Uxue Alzueta
 
Funded by: European Union, H2020
 
Description: Sustainable production of next generation biofuels from waste streams: WASTE2FUELS aims to develop next generation biofuel technologies capable of converting agrofood waste (AFW) streams into high quality biobutanol.
 
The main WASTE2FUELS innovations include: Development of novel pretreatment methods for converting AFW to an appropriate feedstock for biobutanol production thus dramatically enlarging current available biomass for biofuels production, Genetically modified microorganisms for enhancing conversion efficiencies of the biobutanol fermentation process, Coupled recovery and biofilm reactor systems for enhancing conversion efficiencies of Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol fermentation.
 
Development of new routes for biobutanol production via ethanol catalytic conversion, Biobutanol engine tests and ecotoxicological assessment of the produced biobutanol, Valorisation of the process by-products, Development of an integrated model to optimise the waste-to-biofuel conversion and facilitate the industrial scale-up, Process fingerprint analysis by environmental and techno-economic assessment and Biomass supply chain study and design of a waste management strategy for rural development.
 
 
Period: 2015-2018.
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