“GREENUPGAS-Biological upgrading technology development for the biomethane production in agro-industrial environment”
Summary and objectives
The project has as its main goal to develop the GreenUpGas technology or agro-industrial biogas refinement biological process for the obtaining of biomethane available for the injection in gas nets or its use as a biofuel in vehicles.
GreenUpGas will be the first upgrading technology based on a 100% biological treatment with several advantages over conventional upgrading technologies: an investment and operation lower cost, adjustment to different initial agro-industrial biogas compositions, modularity in order to adjust the plant design to the biomethane quantity to be obtained, less environmental impact because of its minimum energy and water consumption, between others. Besides, it will ease the use of biomethane in agro-industrial environments for the injection of gas nets or micro-grids, and its use in vehicles and agricultural and agro-industrial pumps (tractors, motor pumps, machinery, electrical generators, etc.)
The multi-regional partnership (Murcia, Andalucía y Galicia) is led by Estrella de Levante, a big company and leader in the agro-industrial and bioenergy sector, with an important international presence with the Damm Group to which it belongs. It is also involved the company Bionet, a SME specialized in bioreactors design and manufacture, and downstream processes, Aqualgae, a SME specialized in photobioreactors design and manufacture for microalgae bio production, and finally, Enevia, a SME which belongs to the renewable energies sector, specialized in solar and small wind power energy. The University of Almería participates as a research institution to give support to the works linked to microalgae.
The project, called “GreenUpGas – Desarrollo de una tecnología de upgrading biológico para la producción de biometano en entornos agroindustriales”, and with file number ITC-20151346, has been funded by the CDTI, and supported by the Economy and Competitiveness Minister, within the FEDER Innterconecta Programme in the 2015 call.