BIOGRADA (Zdroje Zeme)
Zdroje Zeme is the business name of BIOGRADA - a high-added value green company established in 2016 in Slovakia. Our vision is to deliver and upscale environmentally friendly solutions in areas of waste treatment, bio processes, bio fuels, soil regeneration, reconstruction of unused brownfields and recyclable packaging. Zdroje Zeme was awarded a Seal of excellence in EIC Accelerator in 2020 and is currently implementing this project funded from national sources.
The Biograda solution offers a complex approach to solving the problems of bio-waste management, fossil fuel dependency and soil degradation. By processing municipal waste, industrial biodegradable waste, and waste from farming and animal production, we provide not only a valuable service to the local community, but generate further value in the form of green energy and soil regenerating substrate EFFECO by ZZ as our main products. lt is a perfect circular economy solution contributing to sustainable development goals as defined by the UN and the EU Green Deal plan. The underlying idea behind the research and development of the BIOGRADA bio-waste treatment process and biochar substrate is the eco-effective care for soil.
The care that utilizes the never-ending cycle of restoration of natural resources to enhance soil fertility and quality and at the same time, deals with the issue of bio-waste management. In a circular economy, bio-waste is directed to treatment options that use the waste as a source of valuable resources such as nutrients, organic substances and energy.
The BIOGRADA approach meets the most stringent ecological criteria while being economically effective.
Our pilot site in Horny Jatov site (SK, approximately 80 km from Bratislava) has been transformed from a devastated brownfield into an experiment and pilot production plant. lt benefits from the proximity of local resources (50 km diameter) providing biodegradable agriculture, municipal and industrial waste and proximity of biofuel stations. At the same time, it serves the demand for bio-fertilizers by local cereals and vegetable producers. The same pattern will be sought in commercial production sites. The site is designed to process 150 000 tons of waste and produce 20.000 tons of EFFECO by ZZ and 1,2 MWh of energy per year. The same setup will be sought in commercial production sites.
Our solutions are based on an original idea supported by the research and development of the company and its strategic partners. The production process, products and equipment for the treatment of bio-waste and production of the regenerative substrate are protected by four domestic and two international patents in a number of countries. This allows us to develop business with high added value in various regions of the EU and overseas. Also, the trademark of the solution, product and the company Biograda, as well as the company name of our subsidiary Zdroje Zeme through which we operate the pilot plant in Horny Jatov are subject to protection.
We have obtained an ISO 9001:2015 certificate for the process of Research and Development, and are currently in the process of certification and verification of efficiency and sustainability of soil regeneration and reclamation processes by means of the biochar substrate effeco by ZZ. We cooperate with a worldwide renowned company in the process of obtaining an audit for economic and ecological sustainability of processes and products.