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Zero waste society ccc cluster meeting l la

  1. 1. Zero Waste Society a vision, a way of thinking and an opportunity byLene Lange, Professor and Director of Research Aalborg University, AAU Denmark Peter Plenge 1 af 33
  2. 2. From Waste to Value gives double valueDefinition:Waste is left over non-used materials -present in a place where it is not brought in use -and may poluteIf waste from one type of process is brought in use in another process it is 1.transformed into value and 2. solving a pollution problem Peter Plenge 2 af 33
  3. 3. Trend: learning from nature! A BFig. 1. Leaf-cutter ants. A. Ant worker cutting out leaf fragment using its heavy,serrated mandibles. B. Workers carrying leaf fragments back to the nest. Photos:Henrik H. de Fine Licht, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Peter Plenge 3 af 33
  4. 4. My own research group: Protein discovery for BiorefineriesTermite larvae (gut) from nature´s own biomass conversion niches!Cow (rumen)Iberian snail (gut)Leaf cutter ant (fungal garden) Peter Plenge 4 af 33
  5. 5. Waste is part of the problem and part of the solutionResource efficiency is an integrated part of sustainability Utilization of “waste” is necessary for feeding and fuelling the 9 billion -and a necessity for transfer to a non-fossil based society where especially biological resources are in high demand Minimizing waste is an important health parameter for man, environment and economy Waste to Value technologies can give Europe a competitive strength -Europe is globally leading in industrial biotechnology -biowaste upgrade and biorefinery technologies is the new chapter Peter Plenge 5 af 33
  6. 6. Biowaste with biorefinery potentials!Agricultural crop residuesAgroindustrial wasteManureHousehold wasteSewage sludgeSea weedSea food waste Peter Plenge 6 af 33
  7. 7. Oil-refinery vs New Bio-refinery from biowaste Fuels and Fuels and energy energy Solid, typically >15% waterLiquid, no water Biomass Lignocellulose Organic wastes Petroleum Marine biomass Green biomass Whole crop biomass Chemicals Chemicals/feed/food Peter Plenge 7 af 33
  8. 8. The new AAU Cph Campus Peter Plenge 9 af 33

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