Circular economy ecosystem: raw materials from waste and side streams CECO (KIRE)

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Funder's project number: A76928

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 244 405,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/04/2021

Project end date: 31/08/2023


The aim of this project is to utilize various waste and by-product streams as raw materials for new products. The project utilizes the anaerobic fermentation process in a new way, so that in addition to biogas, organic acids can be produced from biowaste. This will be accomplished by optimizing the acid phase of the anaerobic process, for which the Natural Resources Institute Finland has long-term expertise in several different projects. After purification, the organic acids produced can be used as industrial raw materials, or further utilized to recover metals from electronic waste. University of Jyväskylä has extensive experience in recovery of metals by hydrometallurgical methods, and the utilization of organic acids in the treatment of electronic waste has been preliminarily studied in a previous ERDF project (Circular Economy Research Platform CEREP, 2019-2021).
CECO project combines an anaerobic and hydrometallurgical process to produce energy, fertilizers/soil improvers and critical metals. In addition, the goal is to efficiently utilize all materials and side streams. For example, purified water and hydrogen gas are formed during metal recovery, and the aim is to utilize these side streams in the anaerobic process. The circular economy ecosystem developed in the project will be piloted in larger scale by Natural Resources Center of Finland and University of Jyväskylä at the end of the project. Additionally, the potential of the produced raw materials will be determined from different industrial actors. In addition to the new expertise gained, the project will generate new business opportunities in Central Finland.

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