UAB and more specifically the Group of Composting of Organic Solid Waste (GICOM) is focused on composting, anaerobic digestion and the study of the biodegradability and stability of organic wastes and the environmental impacts associated to the biological treatment of wastes as well as on the production and characterization of biowastes after biological treatments at pilot and full scale. In addition, new research lines emerged. Among them, the bioconversion of wastes into high added-value products through solid-state fermentation (SSF) processes under the biorefinery concept is being developed, together with the assessment of products potential uses (for instance, cellulose production from food industry wastes and its use for bioethanol production). Besides enzymes, UAB explores the production of biosurfactants (sophorolipids) and biopesticides. Most of the published works on SSF are performed at lab scale with few grams of substrate. GICOM (UAB) simultaneously works at 100 g and 1-25 kg scales and focuses the research on designing an easily scalable process.
Role in the project
Full development of SSF at lab scale and strong collaboration with pilot scale development of SSF. Data providers for the assessment of technologies proposed in the project.