Organic Waste Systems NV

OWS is a stock company constituted in 1988.

OWS developed the anaerobic DRANCO process to treat several types of waste streams. In the last decade, OWS also offers processes for energy crops (DRANCO-FARM and BES reactor types). OWS has experience with the anaerobic digestion of several types of urban biowaste, energy crops, manure, and industrial side streams. Moreover, the OWS contract research laboratory division has longstanding experience in the field of biodegradation and compostability testing. The latest additions in OWS’s activities are (1) to focus on the first step in the anaerobic digestion process, namely the production of carboxylic acids as building blocks for the bio-industry, including caproic acid via biological chain elongation, (2) single cell protein production from solid organic waste streams, in cooperation with Avecom.

Inge De Bo

Inge De Bo is Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering with a specialization in environmental technology, and Doctor in Applied Biological Sciences, both at Ghent University. During her PhD (1998-2002) at the Ghent University Research Group Environmental Organic Chemistry and Technology (EnVOC) and at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET) she worked on membrane bioreactors for air purification. She did several years of research about composting vegetables, fruit and garden waste and the limitation of odor emissions.

Inge is project engineer in the Biogas Consulting and Support (BCS) team of OWS, where she is responsible for research projects related to the carboxylic acid platform. For the RUSTICA project, she will take up the role of project technical manager. She will assure the technical coordination, e.g. oversee the quality of the more techno-scientific workpackages and tasks (in WP5, 6 and 7). Specific for WP5, she will develop the carboxylic acid platform with focuss on maximal nutrient recovery next to a high carbon recovery efficiency. She is the WP6 leader concerning the integration and demonstration of all innovative technologies. Finally, she is responsible for the pilot study in Pays de la Loire, were the goal is to produce the necessary amounts of output products for the production of fertilisers (for WP7).

Inge de Bo

Jef Van de Poel

Jef Van de Poel is Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering with a specialization in Chemistry and Bioprocess technology at Ghent University. He is a graduate of the class of 2020 and joined Organic Waste Systems (OWS) in November 2020. Jef is project engineer in the Biogas Consulting and Support (BCS) team of OWS, where he is responsible for research projects related to the carboxylic platform with a focus on downstream processing. For the RUSTICA project, he will mainly participate in WP5 and WP6, in addition to assisting Inge de Bo in her role as project technical manager. Specific for WP5, he will develop the carboxylic acid platform with focus on maximal nutrient recovery next to a high carbon recovery efficiency. For WP6, he will work on the integration and demonstration of the innovative RUSTICA technologies for the pilot plant in Pays de la Loire.

Jef Van de Poel

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