In the context of the European AFTERLIFE project, Lurederra is working on scaling up the amino acid hydrolysis process from wastewater filtrates that will allow the use of these amino acids for food supplementation. It is also making progress in the larger-scale production of the thermoplastic material formulation developed in previous works from PHA, a polymer obtained from the recovery of compounds of interest recovered from wastewater from food industries.
The AFTERLIFE Project “Advanced Filtration Technologies for the Recovery and Later conversion of relevant Fractions from wastewater” is framed in the call for bio-based industries, within the HORIZON2020 framework (H2020-BBI-JTI-2016), and aims to develop a process that, following the principles of the circular economy and zero waste, allows the recovery and revaluation of wastewater from food industries.
In this sense, and now that it is entering its last phase, prototypes are being designed and processes will be validated for those processes of recovery and valorisation of the compounds of interest from the wastewater developed during the previous phases of the research.
To approach the latest progress made by the partners and establish future actions to be carried out, the project’s “7TH General Meeting” was held on April 7th. Currently the project is in its last annuity. Although initially the project was conceived as a 4-year project with an end date in August 2021, the delays derived from the restrictions caused by the covid19 have led to the consortium’s request for the 6-month extension of the project until February 2022, that has been granted.