How can engineering and technology help the environment?
Committed environmental engineering
Circular economy is an economic concept that proposes a new and environmentaly-responsible society model which makes an effective use of resources, lowering consumerism and waste of raw materials, water and natural resources. It is a circular model (not linear) based in the principle of “closing the life cycle” of products, services, waste, materials, water and energy. This means that what it is considered to be waste for one’s will turn into other’s resources. In this way, both environmental interests of society and economic interests of the industrial and waste generating sector are combined.
Our proposal of waste valorization or by-product solution
In order to determine the best valorization path it is necessary to identify the composition of the waste. Therefore, firstly it is necessary to perform a complete chemical composition analysis and then study the possible valorization options according to it.
We believe it is essential to consider the law in order to prevent possible administrative burdens in the future, when the valorization process will take place in an industrial scale. For this reason and along with the technical viability of the product, we study the current regulations which are applicable to the different valorization options.
We formulate the recipe for the manufacture of the new waste-based product, optimizing its composition, the productive process and the product’s final characteristics. We perform the necessary tests in order to obtain the material characterization and its physical and chemical properties.
Once the technical feasibility is determined, industrialization is the next step. We lead the adaptation of the laboratory scale process to an industrial scale, and furthermore we search for potential clients for which might be profitable to incorporate the studied waste in their productive process.