LIFE CoWaCo PROJECT
Intensive animal husbandry and sewage plants produce an enormous amount of problematic wet residual and waste materials of which a large portion is used in the agriculture as fertiliser, which leads to over-fertilization of soil and impacts on groundwater. Among other organic waste especially plastic waste materials, incl. micro plastics, have a huge negative impact on habitats and our food chain worldwide.
To meet our climate goals other steadily increasing problems in the energy supply sector and in the mobility / transportation sector need to be addressed and solved by using sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.
The Infinite Fuels solution is the LIFE CoWaCo (Communal Waste Conversion) Project as a first step towards a sustainable, efficient and profitable circular economy utilizing organic waste and residues as well as biomass holistically for the production of fuels (energy carriers) and fertilisers. The mission is to utilize as much waste and residual material flows as possible, and thus turn them into sustainable raw materials.
To couple the waste management sector with the energy supply sector as well as the mobility sector is a unique novelty of the LIFE CoWaCo Project
The key to the mentioned Infinite Fuels solution is a highly innovative new combination of already existing processes to convert problematic waste and residual materials into hydrogen and fertilisers.
The LIFE CoWaCo project combines the following processes:
- Feedstock preparation
- Reforming of the feedstocks into synthesis gas
- CO-Shift reactor to maximize hydrogen production
- Separation of hydrogen
- Fertiliser production
The LIFE CoWaCo Project will set up a prototype of the unique Infinite Fuels solution in Rendsburg, northern Germany. This prototype will process wet and dry organic waste and residuals into the high-quality products, sustainable hydrogen and concentrated fertiliser.
This is a contributing to the transition towards a resource-efficient economy by implementing and demonstrating an innovative technology for recycling communal organic wastes.
This project will reduce the amount of waste incinerated and prevent harmful effects on soil, groundwater, air and climate.
The utilization of the hydrogen will reduce greenhouse gases and it will improve air quality.
The LIFE CoWaCo Project will leverage new market potential for existing biogas plants as well as for wastewater treatment plants and for waste management companies.