Innovative plasma based transformation of food waste into high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen

140 million tonnes of food and plant waste are produced annually in Europe. PlasCarb aims to transform this into a sustainable source of significant economic added value, i.e. high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen. The vast majority of hydrogen and carbon used today in industry are derived from fossil petroleum sources, the majority of which are imported into the EU from regions which are often politically unstable or competitive. PlasCarb will extend beyond current Best Available Techniques (BAT) in the valorisation of food waste of anaerobic digestion (AD) in order to generate renewable energy.