From Waste to Resource

Ecological Design for the Production of Chemicals and Energy from Organic Residues

Waste is a sign of inefficiency. Nevertheless, industry and agriculture produce large amounts of organic waste.  The organic molecules in these waste streams have an intrinsic value, and some of this potential is already used to create valuable products – biogas production, for example. However, for many waste streams it is still not feasible to recover this intrinsic value.

The mission of the STW Perspective program “From Waste to Resource” (W2R) is to develop new processes that integrate agro-industrial production with effective valorization of the organic residues. The program comprises cooperation between several Dutch universities and companies.

This website provides an overview of, and insight into, five exciting projects that aim to provide the know-how and technology necessary to boost the waste-based economy.

  • Biopolymer project

    The production, characterization, and utilization of PHA (poly-hydroxyalkanoates) from organic waste.

  • Algae project

    The selection of natural algae with a superior (lipid) storage capacity, for e.g. biodiesel production.

  • Electron project

    Quantifying electron fluxes in syntrophic, methanogenic microbial communities to optimize biogas production.

  • Hydrolysis project

    Enhance the biodegradability of organic residues in anaerobic fermentations.

  • Lignin project

    Increase the utilization of organic waste for the production of energy, chemicals, and animal feed with the help of lignin-degrading fungi.