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Utilizing Pig By-products as Heat Source to Save Recycling and Energy Cost.

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 PigHeat project word cloud

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Project "PigHeat" data sheet

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Organization address
city: GIRONA
postcode: 17007
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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙984˙566 €
 EC max contribution 1˙389˙196 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.3. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Secure, clean and efficient energy)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2018-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    BIGAS ALSINA SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ES (GIRONA) coordinator 1˙389˙196.00


 Project objective

BIGAS ALSINA, a family owned company specialized on machinery manufacturing for the Food sector, aims to commercialize PigHeat, a novel technology that allows processing pig fur and pig roughing. Right now, pig fur and roughing are simply dried in order to reduce weight and volume, and used as fertilizer in landfills. In other words, pig meat processing means that there is a waste that actually needs to be disposed of, which is the least desirable effect of waste. Not only does pig meat processing incur waste disposal, it also implies an important investment in energy to remove water as well as removal cost. This cost is directly paid by the slaughterhouse. Through the proposed PigHeat processes, pig fur and roughing can be used as an alternative source of fuel that creates steam and service water instead of using gas, diesel or electricity. The meat processing industry consumes high amounts of energy. By using pig fur and roughing as fuel, an environmental waste problem is transformed into an important way to save 15% of heating energy, while promoting waste valorization and a circular economy within the sector. This is achieved in 4-steps: i) homogenization, ii) hydrolysis, iii) drying and iv) combustion. The obtained product is a Co2 neutral biomass with exceptionally high heating value (even higher than wood pellets) that can be used in the daily operations of the same installation. Due to the stringent waste regulations, the 1,700 medium sized slaughterhouses in Europe are looking for a solution. Not only that, they are operating on very low margins and PigHeat will allow them to cut energy expenses, thereby increasing profits. Buying PigHeat implies certain costs for slaughterhouses, however the savings will fully have paid for the machinery in less than two years. Offering attractive payment modules, our innovative solution is likely to conquer the market swiftly.


List of deliverables.
D4.2 Economic Feasibility Study Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:46:10
D5.2 Report on communication activities during the period of the grant Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:46:09

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of PigHeat deliverables.

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