Project Partners

FCC environmental

Environmental Services, Water Management and Infrastructures

The FCC group, a world leader in Environmental Services, Water Management and Infrastructures, has been delivering Services to Cities for more than 115 years and is present in over 30 countries, with 58,000 people and 6 billion euro turnover.

What they do

FCC Environment provides environmental services to 60 million people in nearly 5,000 municipalities. From waste management and recycling to every municipal service, it processes annually 24.5 million tonnes of waste as a resource at nearly 200 sustainable facilities, recovering 3.5 million tonnes of recyclables and 360MW of non-fossil power. Innovation is in the DNA of FCC Environment, committed to reaching the UN’s Agenda 2030 SDG by means of developing e-mobility and boosting the society to transform towards a Circular Economy model.

Apart from DEEP PURPLE FCC Environment participates in other 7 circular economy and bioeconomy innovation projects

FCC Environment coordinates:

  • LIFE PLASMIX  (LIFE18 ENV/ES/000045: Plastic mix recovery and pp & ps recycling from municipal solid waste)
  • LIFE 4FILM (LIFE17 ENV/ES/000229: Post consumption film plastic recycling from municipal solid waste)
  • LIFE LANDFILL BIOFUEL (LIFE18 ENV/ES/000256: Integral management of the biogas from landfills for use as vehicle fuel)
  • INSECTUM  (CIEN CDTI:IDI-20181075 Biowaste valorization by means of its conversion with insects into new high value added by-products for strategic sectors)

FCC Environment participates:

  • H2020 SCALIBUR  (H2020 GA817788: Scalable technologies for bio-urban waste recovery)
  • LIFE METHAmorphosis (LIFE 14/CCM/ES/000865: Waste streams treatment for obtaining safe reclaimed water and biomethane for transport sector to mitigate GHG emissions)
  • BBI B-FERST (BBI: GA837583 Bio-based fertilising products as the best practice for agricultural management sustainability)

Role in project

FCC is responsible for the design and operation of the thermal hydrolysis process for the OFMSW.

The organic fraction of the municipal solid waste will be separated at the municipal solid waste treatment plant by means of a mechanical pretreatment process in order to obtain a clean a fraction of organic material with less than 10mm size.This fraction of  OFMSW will be treated by means of thermal hydrolysis with steam explosion process in order to solubilize the content of organic matter and nutrients. Thermal hydrolysis releases to the liquid much of the content in C and nutrients of the residue. Demo-scale thermal hydrolysis is going to be optimized to maximize the release of the organic matter, minimize the release of nutrients into the liquid fraction (controlling complete proteins decomposition), and the costs of the processes.  Steam explosion will be used as the main driver to rapidly decompose the biomass.

The operating conditions of the thermal hydrolysis by steam explosion will be analysed in order to optimize the industrial process, maximizing organic matter and minimizing nutrients (i.eN,P,K,Mg) releases to the liquid stream and minimizing energy consumption.