The olive oil sector offers several opportunities of biofuels and biobased chemicals & materials to be produced via the implementation of the IBLC concept. The exploitation of olive prunings as biofuel in different forms (chip, pellets or briquettes) is a major opportunity. Furthermore, the separation of olive pits and their use as solid biofuel offer another opportunity, as olive pits consist a high quality fuel that can be used at domestic heating.
Moreover, the exploitation of olive mill wastewater and exhausted olive cake as feedstock for biogas production consist an interesting opportunity for an IBLC in the olive oil sector. Regarding the production of biobased chemicals and materials, great potential appears in the production of particle boards from olive prunings and the extraction of phenolic compounds from olive leaves and olive pomace.
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