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DECISIVE | 2nd General Assembly: an opportunity to look into the recent project developments

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The thirteen DECISIVE partners have met in Copenhagen from 25 till 27 April 2017 for the project’s 2nd General Assembly.

Hosted by the University of Aarhus, the meeting was an excellent opportunity to look into recent project developments and achievements. While some tasks are ongoing, ACR+ being responsible for all the communication activities has presented the entire visual identity and more importantly the newly launched website. It, among other functionalities, will showcase the key features of the project including the demonstration sites and the two technologies being developed within the project’s framework based on principles of anaerobic digestion and solid state fermentation.

Other achievements worth mentioning concern the technical work which will enhance the overall work and success of the project. These include a successful first Solid State Fermentation test conducted by the Autonomous University of Barcelona based on 3 samples which was presented to the consortium. Institut national de recherche en science et technologie pour l'environnement et l'agriculture (IRSTEA), on the other hand presented the specification of the micro anaerobic digester plant and a geographic information system (GIS) tool for assessing the optimal location for the two technologies DECISIVE is developing. The GIS tool is taking into consideration the source and potential outputs or beneficiaries (e.g. urban-farms).

The University of Aarhus organised a very useful and insightful study visit to a local biogas and composting plant close to the city of Roskilde. This plant treats bio-waste arriving from several surrounding municipalities, including both green and food waste. An anaerobic digestion followed by composting helps the operator maximising the profits and making the best use of the feedstock. Being one of the few plants of this kind, the operator has begun to expand the facilities in order to welcome larger quantities for a very competitive gate fee.  This can be considered as a sign of a shift from waste incineration, which still represents the largest share when it comes to waste treatment, to more environmentally friendly and beneficial methods.

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