New Technology applied in Africa
RLP AgroScience able to implement new drying technology for organic waste
The wine growing country South Africa produces 8.4 million hectoliters of wine, almost as much as Germany (9.1 mio hl). As well as in Germany, there are huge amounts of organic residues during the harvest season in South Africa. There is a need to convert them into usable material like already shown in Germany.
One of the alternatives is the energetic use of the residual biomass. With the collaboration of NEWeco-tec, RLP AgroScience was able to implement a new drying technology for organic waste in South Africa. The technology developed by NEWeco-tec, is specially designed for water-containing waste materials. Therefore, it can be used for drying liquid digestate from pomace, in this case apple pomace. The drying system was installed and inaugurated in southern Africa by RLP AgroScience in October 2014. The African company Elgin Fruit Juice (EFJ) is using the plant to dry fruit digestate and generate soil conditioner.
Within this project, RLP AgroScience was able to implement German technology and know-how and generate a long-term cooperation in Africa.
Currently, a working group of the Stellenbosch University is working on the projects fermentation test plant with domestically generated paper residues.
At the end of this year, NEWeco-tec and RLP AgroScience will present all results.