Interreg Projekt BeSoGreat. Kreislaufwirtschaft aus Brauereiabfällen. Foto mit Brauereiabfällen

Interreg VI-A IT-AT 2021-2027

BeSoGreat

  • Total budget 1.025.806,52 €
  • ERDF budget 747.339,92 €
Interreg project BeSoGreat team group photo @Credits by Interreg Projekt BeSoGreat. Teamfoto

Activities and purpose

The project

The brewing industry in the EU produces over 39.5 million liters of beer every year, the production of which generates more than 6.4 million tons of brewer’s spent grain. From an environmental and economic point of view, the large amount of spent grain is a major management problem for breweries. Currently, 20% of spent grain in the EU is disposed of as residual waste in landfills. In the coming years, this proportion is likely to increase due to FDA regulations (or similar regulations by the EFSA), which will further regulate the use of spent grain and other agro-industrial waste in animal feed. Spent grain management can be seen as an exemplary challenge in Europe’s transition to an ecologically sustainable circular economy.

BeSoGreat aims to upgrade spent grain from a by-product of the brewing process to a sustainable raw material for bioplastics. To this end, the research project is dedicated to the production of spent grain biocomposites for biodegradable plastic products. Within the project, a cycle-oriented business model for the utilization of spent grain will be developed that includes cross-border players throughout the entire value creation process. In addition, sustainable products will be manufactured from spent grain biocomposites using injection molding and 3D printing.

BeSoGreat contributes to the European Territorial Agenda 2030 – Priority: Circular Economy and to the EUSALP Manifesto “Together to Shape a Sustainable and Resilient Alpine Region”, which calls for the circular economy as one of the paradigms for a sustainable Alpine region. The project will create regional added value through innovative solutions in the bioeconomy and strengthen the role of R&D actors in the transition to a circular economy at cross-border level.

The partners

LP:

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

PP1:

FH Kufstein Tirol Bildungs GmbH

PP2:

Crossing Srl

PP3:

Nuova Deroma Spa

PP4:

Comet Scrl

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