Partners

The COMPOBALL project possesses a high quality and experienced consortium that is technically capable of achieving the scientific and technological objectives of this project. It comprises a balance between industrial Small-Medium Enterprise Associations (SME-AGs) and Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that are motivated to ensuring that the results of this project are used and exploited in the marketplace. A brief profile of each of the partners is given below, along with a description of their role within the consortium, highlighting the quality and suitability of each members of the consortium to contribute to the COMPO-BALL project.

The Industrial Partners

European Compost Network ECN
ORBIT is a non-profit association established in Federal Republic of Germany. The mission of the ORBIT Association is to promote the scientific and technological development of environmental biotechnology. Therefore, the ORBIT Association has established as a branch the “European Compost Network ECN” in 2002 with more than 20 European and Candidate Countries as members. ECN is a collaboration of partners promoting sustainable practices in composting, anaerobic digestion and other treatment procedures for organic waste. It represents researchers, experts and more than 1000 plants with nearly 20 million tons annual capacity.
Their main role in the project will centre on mobilising the interest of the European-wide member base in the COMPO-BALL project right from its outset and communicating their in-depth knowledge of the needs of composters in terms of process monitoring and control to develop comprehensive performance specifications.

Kompostgüteverband Österreich (Austria)
The Austrian Compost Quality Society is a non-profit organisation that benefits composting of organic materials as an important step for future-oriented recycling economy. They control producers of compost concerning eligible basic materials, environmentally compatible construction system and the end-product compost, by labelling compost plants with the compost seal of approval.
Their main role in the project will centre on getting their members involved in the project so that they can assist ECN in developing the performance specifications of the system.

Müller Abfallprojekte GmbH (Austria)
Müller Abfallprojekte is an engineering company that offers future-based services and solutions in the business fields of consulting and project planning, technical planning and biogas technology. They are working in the areas of fertiliser consultation (compost & sludge) in agriculture, technical planning concerning water, wastewater & compost plants, implementation of indirect charger decree, project planning of EIA/IPPC and 3A-biogas dry fermentation technology. Since 1999 they have been engaged to manage the Austrian Compost quality society.
They will act as one of the supply SMEs in the project and to this end, their main role in the project will focus on assisting the consortium in defining the industrial specifications for COMPO-BALL and they will bring invaluable input from composters from Austria, as well as their own first hand industrial experience in the field. They will also assist during the installation of the COMPO-BALL system in existing composting facilities and offer the opportunity to test the system in a 3A-biogas plant.

CZ Biom – Czech Biomass Association (Czech Republic)
The Czech Biomass Association is an NGO and professional association supporting the development of phytoenergy in the Czech Republic. They currently have 61 member organizations as well as 90 individual members from the scientific and commercial community related to the energetic use of biomass.
Their main role in the project will consist of mobilising the involvement of their members in the project so that they can communicate their needs in terms of composting and process control, etc. They will provide their technical advice and assistance during the development stages. In addition, they will ensure the technology is tested and validated by its members. They will also thus play a key role in demonstrating the research results to its members and highlighting its benefits.

KomTek Miljø A/S (Denmark)
KomTek carries out composting processes in which biosolids, together with shredded straw and garden-park waste are converted to highly processes soil remediation products used for establishment and maintenance of laws in green spaces as for example, football lawns, golf courses and parks. As such they will participate in this project as an end-user SME.
Their main role in the project will focus on assisting the consortium in defining the industrial specifications for COMPO-BALL as well as on testing and validating the system in their own facilities and contribute to and participating in demonstration activities They will also provide advice and guidance where relevant during the research work.

Solum A/S (Denmark)
SOLUM is a composting SME and also operates anaerobic digestion facilities, as well as sell and market compost based soil-related products and growth media. They manage 150.000 tonnes of garden waste and 40.000 tonnes biowaste (source separated organic waste from households). To this end they will be a role in this project as an end-user SME.
Their main role in the project will focus on assisting the consortium in defining the industrial specifications for COMPO-BALL. They will interact with the research performers during the research and development work and advise and guide where relevant. SOLUM is also capable of doing full scale, live testing on their compost and digestion facilities and they will also contribute to demonstration activities.

Cr̩ РComposting & Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland (Ireland)
Cré – The Composting Association of Ireland Teo is a non-profit organisation established in 2001. Cré is the Irish word for ‘soil’. Cré promotes the development of a composting industry and the use of compost. It has 100 members who are compost sites, local authorities, consultants and equipment suppliers. Cré provides an informative website at www.cre.ie issues frequent newsletters, position papers, submissions on forthcoming legislation, policy and strategy, organises regular themed meetings with site visits, and hosts an Annual Conference. Cré’s aim is to help develop a sustainable composting industry which is important for driving resource efficiency and tackling climate change. Cré wants to help organisations take advantage of opportunities which they have for making composting sustainable both economically and environmentally.

Hungarian Quality Compost Association (Hungary)
The Hungarian Compost Association was founded in 1999 at the Agricultural University in Gödöllö with the aim of developing an organization centre for biological waste management to represent composters’ interests, to coordinate and promote research and development projects, and to establish a compost quality assurance system in Hungary.
The main role that they will play in the project is on the one hand to involve their members during the definition of industrial specifications to ensure that COMPO-BALL meets their requirements and expectations. Once a working prototype is available, they will involve key members in testing and validating the prototype system in their composting facilities as well as actively demonstrate its performance and benefits to their members.

Profikomp Ltd. (Hungary)
Profikomp ranks among the leader enterprises in the field of organic wastes treatment and composting in Hungary. They are dedicated to the development and adaption of composting technologies, as well as the sale of EC approved composting systems, including composting control technologies.
They will assist in defining the industrial specifications for the COMPO-BALL technology and they will contribute their knowledge of composting equipment, technology and plants. They will share this knowledge with the research performers during their work. In addition, they will provide guidance and assistance to the research performers when installing COMPO-BALL in the test sites. They will work closely with the research performers in identifying and planning for the future development work that will need to be carried out post project to take the precompetitive results of the project to an industrial level for commercialisation. They would also like to integrate the COMPO-BALL system in their Profikomp Control SystemTM, a complete control system for the GORETM Cover System (Including control computer, control software in different EU languages, oxygen sensor, temperature sensor, wiring) and this would provide one of many excellent routes to market.

Branche Vereniging Organische Reststoffen (Netherlands)
The Branche Vereniging Organische Reststoffen is the Dutch composters association, an organisation that represents the interests of its members and supports them in improving the quality of the compost and processing, as well as promoting the composting activity in the Netherlands.
Their main role in the project will focus on supporting the RTD performers in defining the industrial specifications for COMPO-BALL based on the input of their members. They will also be involved in assisting in the validation of the technology at industrial level and contribute to demonstration activities.

Agència de Residus de Catalunya (Spain)
The Agència de Residus de Catalunya (ARC) is a public body belonging to the Department of Environment and Housing of the Generalitat of Catalonia, which has the legal competences on waste management in Catalonia (Spain), i.e., the waste generated and handled in Catalonia, including industrial, municipal, health and agricultural waste. The main objectives of the Agència de Residus de Catalunya are to promote the minimisation of waste and their danger, the separate collection of waste, the waste recycling and the disposal of refuse, included the recovery of deteriorated soils by the uncontrolled unloading of waste or by pollutants. ARC is one European reference for composting activities and to this end ARC considers their participation in this project as highly synergistic with their strategy to reduce the amount of biowaste going to landfill, as well as to establish sustainable waste management practices.
ARC will play a major role in working closely with IRIS and UPC in Catalonia in terms of providing them with access to the composting facilities and biogas facilities of varying sizes and capacities in Catalonia in order to assist the research partners in defining the specifications for the COMPO-BALL system, as well as to ensure that during all stages of the research and development work they have ready access to facilities for consultations, preliminary testing activities, etc. Furthermore, they will be very active during testing and validation activities that need to be carried out on-site, and they can provide the researchers with access to a biogas facility in order to validate the performance of the COMPO-BALL prototype in a biogas plant, as well as composting sites. They will also carry out a demonstration activity in Catalonia and will invite composters, operators of biogas plants, representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and Housing, as well as other regional and national stakeholders.

CompostCat – Associació de Plantes de Compostatge de Catalunya (Spain)
The Associació de Plantes de Compostatge de Catalunya is the Association that represents the Composting Plants in the region of Catalonia, Spain. They are a newly established and growing Association with now 14 members. Their aim as an association is to assist their members to improve their composting activities, technology and processes, as well as the quality of their composts.
Their main role in the project will centre on communicating the needs and performance specifications of their member base from Catalonia in order to assist ECN and the research partners in defining the specifications for the COMPO-BALL technology.

Gökser Machine Ltd. (Turkey)
Gökser is a Turkish based company that was established in 1987 and since then has been involved in the manufacture and commercialization of industrial equipment, including heaters for local areas and flexible air ducts, radial fans and new types of flexible air ducts, ventilation systems, mushroom and compost production plants. As such they will represent one of the technology SME beneficiaries of this project.
They will contribute their understanding and knowledge of industrial equipment, composting technology and processes, as well as contribute their knowledge of the needs of their customer base within the composting industry. They will also assist in defining the industrial and technical specifications for the system. They will contribute their equipment building and integration expertise to the consortium. They will be actively involved in demonstration activities and will mobilise their customers to take an interest in the project and how it works. In addition, they will also play a role in assisting the consortium in defining the future development.

The Research Partners

Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal)
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) was created in 1910 and has since become the largest and most renowned engineering graduate and postgraduate school in Portugal. IST offers 21 graduate courses (8500 students) in two fully equipped state-of-the-art campus. In addition to the graduate courses, IST also offers postgraduate courses including 31 master degree courses and 22 PhD research areas (1500 students). In the electric and electronic field, two major graduate courses are offered with around 250 new students each year. The Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate course was created together with IST and includes laboratory classes in nearly every discipline, expanding the students’ expertise well beyond the theoretical knowledge. The newer Electronics Engineering graduate course goes even further by employing common goal laboratories where student apply multi-disciplinary concepts including physics, chemistry, telecommunications and electronics to develop working prototypes.
The Instrumentation and Measurement research group and the Power Electronics Group from IST will be involved in this COMPO-BALL project. Their main role in the project will centre on carry out the work in the development of the Rechargeable Battery. In addition, they will also be involved in assisting to define the needs and specifications of composting SMEs, play a role in the integration of the system where the battery integration and considerations are concerned. They will play a role in the Demonstration activities that will be carried out when COMPO-BALL is installed and functioning at end-user facilities.

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Two different research groups from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) will participate in this project:
The Instrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces Group (ISI) carry out research on novel sensors and on measurement methods based on electrical impedance variations, and on their electronic interfaces for signal conditioning and processing. They have particular interest in macrosensors based on low-cost technologies, autonomous and smarts sensors, sensors networks, analogue signal processing, data acquisition systems, noise and interference reduction in instrumentation, non-invasive physiological measurements and biotelemetry. They also carry out technology transfer in sensors and engineering measurement systems.
The Escola Superior d’Agricultura de Barcelona (ESAB) have been carrying out research since the early 1970’s in the area of characterization, application and agricultural usage of several organic wastes (municipal solid wastes, sewage sludge, manure, agri-food wastes, industrial wastes, etc.). Their work involves sampling, chemical analysis and results interpretation and assessment. Initially, they have been involved in establishing analytical methods to characterize these materials, and, progressively, they have gotten involved in controlling compost quality in facilities in Catalonia in cooperation with Public Administration Environmental Authorities. In recent years, their research activity is focused on the control of the composting process, characterizing samples from different stages of the process, including raw materials, in order to increase the scientific knowledge and, on basis of this, to propose technical actions for improving the efficiency of the composting process and to reduce undesirable environmental impacts, especially foul odours, leachates, nitrogen losses and the presence of potentially toxic elements.
Their main role in the project will be to define the key composting parameters to be measured and to design and build the humidity and temperature sensors that will be integrated into the complete COMPO-BALL unit. They will also lead the field validation of COMPO-BALL and carry out tests on the compost produced and they will also lead the Demonstration activities that will be carried out when COMPO-BALL is installed and functioning at end-user facilities. In addition they will play a role in the integration of the system as well as in assisting to define the needs and specifications of composting SMEs at the beginning of the project. They will also support the SME-AGs and SMEs during innovation related activities carried out as part of WP8.

Innovació i Recerca Industrial i Sostenible (Spain)
Innovació i Recerca Industrial i Sostenible (IRIS) is a private research company based in the Mediterranean Technology Park of Castelldefels (Barcelona). IRIS has a clear mission to carry out research and development work on behalf of industry, mainly from the agro-food sector, and in particular in the area of process engineering and monitoring. As a result of agreements with different agro-food research groups and departments within the UPC, most notably the Department of Agro-food Engineering and Biotechnology, IRIS is currently also carrying out laboratory research in a number of areas of the agro-food field with its own in-house agro-food researchers as well as with students of the UPC.
Their main role in the project is, on the one hand, to act as the project coordinators and assume responsibility for the overall management of the consortium, as well as communication with the EC. On the other hand, they will lead the R&D work in the area of designing and building the wireless sensor network for the COMPO-BALL system, as well as the integration and laboratory testing of all the elements into a fully functioning COMPO-BALL precompetitive prototype. They will also assist in testing and demonstrating the COMPO-BALL system at end-user composting sites. They will assist in defining the specifications and future development work that needs to be carried out by the SME-AG and industrial consortium post project, in order to arrive at a fully commercial COMPO-BALL product. Finally, they will assist the SME-AGs, other enterprises and end-users in all aspects of the management of the IPR, as well as in preparing for the effective use and dissemination of the project results. IRIS maintains this public website.