Research Infrastructure for Waste Valorization and Sustainable Management of Resources
The uniqueness of the INVALOR Research Infrastructure lies in the fact that it can offer integrated (holistic) solutions covering different types of waste.
INVALOR members, working together, can develop innovative holistic technologies to address the problem of sustainable use of by-products.
The Vision of INVALOR
Acquisition and use of knowledge through the promotion of science, information technology, education, training, as well as the establishment of a ‘society of knowledge’, aiming at sustainable rise of employment and of national wealth, while protecting the ecosystem. The basic principle behind the infrastructure is that the by-products of industrial activities do not constitute ‘waste’ but processed raw materials and potential National/European Resources.
The Scope of INVALOR
The main objective is to disseminate, encourage and support the implementation of mature research results in areas related to circular economy, the utilization of primary and waste biomass, as well as industrial, agro-industrial and municipal solid waste and by-products, for the production of new high added-value materials, second generation biofuels and energy.
The uniqueness of INVALOR
The uniqueness of the INVALOR Research Infrastructure lies in the fact that it can offer integrated (holistic) solutions that cover different types of waste. The uniqueness lies in the unique know-how accumulated by INVALOR members who, by working together, can develop innovative holistic technologies in order to address the problem of sustainable valorization of by-product streams.
It is a technological approach to sustainable development, based on a biomimetic approach to the structure of developing industrial systems. Supporters of the circular economy argue that industrial production processes and products can be redesigned into the standards of coexistence of organisms in natural ecosystems. Industrial (eco) systems are interactive and interconnected systems that should be designed in such a way as to ensure the conservation and reuse of resources (materials and energy) and evolve in accordance with external conditions in order to survive under intense conditions.