The North of England has become one of the most innovative areas in the country as the CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) will take food waste and process it as graphene. Food waste has been recycled by either IVC ( In Vessel Composting ) or AD ( Anaerobic Digestion ) technology for many years but the new process will see biogas that is produced by anaerobic digestion transformed into renewable hydrogen and graphite carbon.
The PlasCarb project, the organisation behind the technology, are hoping popularise the process, given the need to divert food waste from landfill and the demand for Graphene as a raw material.
Graphene as it is commonly called has already been singled out as one of the western worlds economically raw materials and will assist in the progression of emerging technologies in the future.
So food waste will form a part of a £8bn per year worldwide market and Graphene which is being billed as a “wonder material ” because of its strength characteristics and lightness can be used in anything from electrical circuits to tennis rackets.
Hydrogen has already been identified as a transport fuel with a low carbon economy in the future. Economic and employment benefits will result after further analysis of the project throughout Europe.
Dr Keith Robson, Director of formulation and flexible manufacturing at CPI said, “PlasCarb will provide an innovative solution to the problems associated with food waste, which is one of the biggest challenges that the European Union faces in the strive towards a low carbon economy. “
He added “The project will not only seek to reduce food waste but also use new technological methods to turn it into renewable energy resources which themselves are of economic value,and all within a sustainable manner.”