Dranco NV

Dranco is a company specialized in the engineering and construction of anaerobic digesters with more than 30 years of experience. Since 2021, Dranco NV is a sub-company of OWS.

Dranco NV developed the anaerobic DRANCO process to treat several types of waste streams. In the last decade, Dranco NV also offers processes for energy crops (DRANCO-FARM and BES reactor types). Dranco NV has experience with the anaerobic digestion of several types of urban waste, energy crops, manure and industrial side streams. Moreover, the mother company OWS contract research laboratory division has longstanding experience in the field of biodegradation and compostability testing. The latest additions in Dranco NV’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.

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

Nathan Deman

Nathan Deman graduated as a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the Ghent University, with a major in the Plant Biotechnology and a minor in the Microbial Biotechnology. In August 2021 he joined the Biogas Consulting and Support (BCS) team of DRANCO-nv, where he will participate in R&D project concerning the Carboxylic platform. For the RUSTICA project, he will mainly be involved in WP5 and 6. For WP5, he will optimize the carboxylic acid platform to maximize nutrient recovery while maintaining a high carbon recovery efficiency. For WP6, he will work on the development of the pilot plant in Pays de la Loire to demonstrate the RUSTICA technologies.

Nathan Deman

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