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SLAM-DUNK: the SLudge Appraisal teaM – Developing a sUstainable value chaiN from tanK to product

SLAM-DUNK: the SLudge Appraisal teaM – Developing a sUstainable value chaiN from tanK to product

The Norwegian government's goal for the future is ambitious: becoming a leading seafood nation with 5 million tonnes of sustainable aquaculture production by 2050. The salmon and rainbow trout biomass production of 2017was 1.3 mill ton with a corresponding sludge volume of 2.1 mill ton, while by 2050 the sludge volume is predicted to reach 11 mill ton. To make aquaculture more sustainable and ready for stricter emission requirements, sludgehandling solutions need to be increasingly adopted by the industry.

SLAM-DUNK aims to develop a sustainable value chain for the conversion of fish sludge into valuable products. As such, the project will not only work on solutions for the sludge problem, but actually turn the aquaculture sludge into value. Novel treatment technologies (anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, and microalgae) will be developed or optimized,and integrated to turn the sludge into potential materials for use in several sectors, such as architecture, consumer goods, and textiles.

The consortium will not only focus on technology development, but also study the sustainabilityof the developed value chain, looking at the environmental impacts, the energy use, the costs, and the logistics of how such value chain should be organised.

To do so, the consortium consists of a varied team of scientists and industry partners that cover all aspects from fish to product:

  • NORCE is the project leader and will work on anaerobic digestion and microalgae cultivation, as well asthe sustainability analysis, with support from the University of Bergen and Wageningen University from theNetherlands.
  • Feeder International and Marineholmen RASlab will provide sludge and knowledge about aquacultureand sludge collection.
  • Prototech will develop the pyrolysis process.
  • Finally, Bioregion Institute will work on materialdevelopment for architecture, consumer goods and textiles from the produced biomass.The project will run from 01.11.2021 to 31.12.2024.

Contact

Dorinde Kleinegris

Senior Researcher - Bergen

dokl@norceresearch.no
+47 56 10 74 22

Project facts

Name

SLAM-DUNK: the SLudge Appraisal teaM – Developing a sUstainable value chaiN from tanK to product

Status

Active

Duration

01.11.21 - 31.12.24

Location

Bergen

Total budget

11.997.000 NOK

Research group

Funding

Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Prosjekteier

NORCE

Project members

Crina Ilea

Samarbeidspartnere

Universitetet i Bergen, Wageningen University, Feeder International, Marineholmen RASlab, Prototech, Bioregion Institute