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FCC research project named runner-up for the Eureka Innovation Award


FCC research project named runner-up for the Eureka Innovation Award

The project, headed by FCC Environment, which seeks to optimise the eco-efficiency of municipal solid waste processing, was one of two runners-up for the Eureka Innovation Award, which was presented in a ceremony in Israel on 23 June. Israel holds the chairmanship of EUREKA for 2010-2011

FCC research project named runner-up for the Eureka Innovation Award

The Eureka Biodi-Expertise project is the first step in a line of research into biomethanisation.

Continuing with a line of research that commenced in 2003, FCC's Environment Division has decided to take advantage of the synergies with Aqualia, the FCC subsidiary that is specialised in end-to-end water management, in order to research the  application of thermal hydrolysis to waste management. The goal of the joint project is to develop new methodologies and techniques that represent progress in the processing of municipal waste and biosludge.

The project is being conducted on a pilot unit located in the Salamanca sewage treatment plant.

With this award for the E! 3080 Euroenviron Biodi-Expertise project, EUREKA recognises the technological achievements of the FCC Group's R&D and innovation work.


Founded in 1985, EUREKA has 39 member countries and its aim is to foster international market-oriented research and innovation through support for SMEs, industry, universities and research institutes. Through EUREKA, these organisations introduce new products, processes and services into the market. EUREKA's goal is to become a leading platform for R&D organisation in Europe and elsewhere.

As runner-up out of a field of over 30 clean tech projects, the E! 3080 Euroenviron Biodi-Expertise project received an award consisting of:

  • An invitation to participate alongside EUREKA at two major international business fairs.
  • Publication of Success Story by the EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels and dissemination through international science news channels.
  • Article on the award ceremony in EUREKA News, the quarterly print and online magazine of the EUREKA network (estimated readership: 70,000).
  • Media coverage and publicity on a number of EU news portals and broadly in the social media tools, reaching a large number of relevant stakeholders.