When recycling or re-use of waste raw material is no longer an option, we can explore its energy potential for powering production processes.

Adoption of principles of circular economy and replacement of linear resource management stimulate reuse, recycling and reprocessing of waste materials into secondary raw materials. As planned, circular economy envisages future society as zero waste society – the highest stage of sustainable management of material and energy sources. It is therefore important to ensure the designing and producing of green products, with no fossil-based compounds, and produced from locally sourced renewable materials. Green also goes for production processes and technologies, as production should be as harmless to environment as possible. Highly degradable products will never become a discarded waste, as at the end of their lifecycle they are simply returned to production process as production material or source of energy.



Despite all efforts, state of development and numerous innovative solutions encompassed within circular economy philosophy, there are still material flows that can no longer be reused in material production, because they are already optimally exploited. In that case, a zero waste goal can be achieved solely by transforming those residues material into energy.

Distinctively low quality of residues flows demands for advanced technology solutions in energy interception (Waste-to-Energy -> WtE). With energy produced, those materials can be returned to circular production again, this time no longer in material form but as energy flow.
Importance of efficient WtE systems for energy conversion from low quality end-material-flows and minimum environmental effects makes this section one of our top priorities.


We are determined to acquire a comprehensive insight into »discarded potential of biomass«, to research all aspects and benefits of cascading utilisation of this locally available, natural and renewable resource, left unexploited to this day. Partners, allied through research-development-production form of circular economy, plan to develop and optimise new, sustainable processes and technologies to help us dig the way through to useful biomass components. Those can prove beneficial in various production sectors – from chemical, textile, paper, timber and automotive industries, construction and energy engineering – integrated as environmentally acceptable materials and products, highly degradable and re-usable. That way we are building new value chains, we are allowing ourselves to step firmly onto green products market, we are strengthening competitiveness of Slovenian economy, firming social partnerships and, at the same time, burden environment significantly less.