Balkans Waste to Products: transfer of NoI model to Balkan area: de-siloing new waste-derived raw materials and developing new applications

BloW-uP RIS project is an outreach of FREECATS NoI which will act as a “chaperon” transfer-ring NoI’s best practices and business models to stakeholders of countries part of the ESEE area to widen KIC community and desiloing new themes. ESEE countries have high potential in term of high level research groups, development of new materials and applications, availability of (unconventional) raw materials, but also some drawbacks: lack of strong local enterprises, of business models suitable to de-siloing the knowledge. The Network of Infrastructure model fits perfectly this situation and will provide a favourable platform supporting the kick-off stage of the technology transfer and finally allowing to reach precompetitive level.

The project has the ambition to impact at different levels: lubricants market; Fuel cells/electrolizers/battery market; Cleantech (air and water purification) market; Eco-Industry (biorefinery, fine chemicals and commodities, green-hydrogen) and in addition also to have strong impact on ESEE territory fostering private-public collaboration, supporting local industry, and providing framework for a better raw materials and waste management.

The focus will be on technological exploitation of nanomaterials obtained from waste: iron ox-ides nanoparticles obtained from iron mining sludge (University Banja Luka, Bosnia Herze-govina) and carbon based materials coming from low rank coal and agro-waste (IOCCP-BAS, Bulgaria). Such materials has high potential (in some cases already proven at starting TRL) to be applied in a number of technological areas: additive for lubricants (in collaboration with the company Tehnosint d.o.o. and the University of Salerno); materials for fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries; catalysts for cleantech and eco-industry, as well as the mining sector. This will impact on several markets including automotive sector (lubricants, Fuel Cells Vehicles), eco-industry (biomass transformation to bio-products, green hydrogen production), cleantech (waste water and air purification). Moreover, the applications fall in the framework of circular economy and waste to products strategy.

The project started on the 1st of April 2017 and will last for two years.

Last updated: 21.2.2020