The structure of the NEWFERT project is entirely designed to contribute closing the fertiliser loop, through nutrient recycling strategies on an industrial scale. That means that the aim is to find a viable nutrient recycling scheme, which combined with better nutrient use efficiency, can lead to major improvements in overall resource use.
The work organisation has been designed both to leave each recovery strategy research capable of managing its own internal project risks, but also to link and pursue a successful industrial integration supported by a solid life-cycle cost analysis. The overall strategy of the work plan is therefore based on 8 work packages.
In the WP1, the project starts working with data collection, characterisation and analysis of biobased residues. Besides this, the research defines parameters and conditions that determine if a waste material is acceptable or not. This research reaches TRL4 through the verification of beneficiation process options for the target biobased waste materials.
The WP2 aims at designing a new process to recover nutrients from ashes (solid biowaste) modifying existing industrial processes, development of new chemical nutrients extraction technologies and scale-up of the integrated system and operation under realistic industrial conditions from TRL2 to TRL5.
The WP3 involves different technologies of nutrients recovery from liquid biowaste. Depending on the characteristics of the wastes, two main technologies will be studied:
- Chemical acidification, separation, struvite crystallisation and nitrogen recovery as ammonium sulphate. This technology is already tested at TRL5 and the objective is to upgrade to TRL6 in the fertiliser context.
- Bioelectrochemical system and struvite crystallisation. This technologies based on Microbial Electrolysis Cells is fromTRL2 to TRL5
The WP4 and WP5 aims at pushing technologies to reach TRL5 thanks to its validation in industrially relevant environment. In WP4 modified P-recycled products will be evaluated in laboratory and pilot plant scale in order to develop new fertiliser processing technologies that will use these products. On other hand, in WP5 new P-sources from WP2 and WP4 and NPK fertilisers obtained with them will be validated in a agronomic demonstrative environment.
WP6 assess the environmental impact and cost efficiency of nutrient recovery and their application on fertiliser value chains.
WP7 details the exploitable results of the project and disseminate project results to relevant stakeholders in industry, research and policy making circles.
WP8 has the main objectives of co-ordinate and organise the project and assure and/or establish the communication flow, the project progress control and planning and the decision making procedures.