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SmartWasteTech 1115-BET-2013

Smart Recovery of materials and upgrade of organic Compost & RDF in existing Mechanical Biological Treatment Plants by using NIR technology SmartWasteTech


Scope of the project is to design, develop and manufacture a Smart System for Recovery of materials and upgrade of organic Compost & RDF in existing Mechanical Biological Treatment Plants by using NIR technology (SmartWasteTech), using state of the art technology systems for automation, algorithms for waste process and recycling optimization in order maximize the recycling products, to produce high quality compost, RDF and the optimal management of the municipal solid waste (MSW). The program funded from ESPA with Code 1115-BET-2013.


The technologies that incorporated in the Integrated System SmartWasteTech are related with industrial research (IR) and aim at obtaining expertise by design and install:


  • special electromechanical structures

  • specific type and measurement sensors

  • automation and control systems,

  • optimization algorithms for measurement and process,

  • quantitative and qualitative management system and evaluation assessment models (LCA, feasibility study for environmental, social and economic benefits) of the collected data

The SmartWasteTech project with the cooperation of  HELECTOR – MOTION (Dr.John Vournas & Harris Sarris) - Laboratory of Machine Elements - Machine Design of NTUA and the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) aims to:

  • optimize the development of an online monitoring software for the MBT plant operation based on the continuous information obtained from the modern online sensor technology and the Greek MSW quality.

  • increase the valuable plastic fraction (PET, PE/PP, LDPE film) sorted out from MSW, towards increasing recycling efficiency and overall environmental performance of the plant

  • increase the compost quality through application of innovative technology for sorting out inert materials (glass, inert materials) and other unwanted materials such as heavy metals and the production of a high purity compost

  • perform continuous quality monitoring of the produced Refused Derived Fuel

  • investigate the economic, feasibility and environmental benefits of the proposed technology

  • disseminate the project results to all relevant stakeholders including among others manufacturers and operators of waste treatment facilities, local authorities, engineering and planning companies in the waste treatment sector, end users of recycled plastics and compost

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