EUROSTARS - Company sought to test specific bacterial cultures for biogas production from agro-industrial waste
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A Spanish spin-off devoted to R&D in the biotechnology field is specialised in the improvement of the biogas processes. The company has developed a methodology to increase the production of biogas in organic waste treatment plants. For an application within the EUREKA-EUROSTARS program, the company is looking for strategic partners in charge of the construction and management of biogas plants willing to test and validate the methodology to improve the profitability of their plants.
A Spanish company is specialised in the implementation of pre-treatments and the improvement of the biological reaction of anaerobic fermentation, both in laboratory and at pilot scale, which maximizes the biogas production of any residue. By using this methodology it is possible to develop feasible and sustainable projects that ensure economic and environmental stability of the waste generating industries, reducing the consumption of electricity and / or heat and solving the problem related to waste management.
The company will apply to the next call of the Eureka-Eurostars program. The aim of the project is to improve the agro-industrial waste treatments by characterization, isolation and cultivation of bacteria involved in the process of anaerobic digestion. This would allow to increase the energy efficiency of biogas plants and to reduce their operation times. Specifically, the new methodology suggested would increase the production of methane, reduce the time of acclimatisation and increase the profitability for self-consumption.
In this sense, the partner involved in the project would be the first direct beneficiary since bacterial cultures would be generated according to the specific substrate that enters into his plant instead of using sludge not adapted to the residue to be treated (traditional method).
It is foreseen the participation of the Spanish company and another European company. Since the project aims at improving the profitability of biogas plants by developing specific methanogenic bacteria, it is essential the collaboration with companies managing numerous plants and producing agro-industrial waste, particularly pork slaughterhouses and oil mills. In particular, the company sought should be interested in testing in its facilities specific bacterial cultures for biogas production and validating the suggested methodology.
Call deadline: 2nd March 2017
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 15th November 2016
Anticipated duration of the project: 20 months
Innovative Aspects and Main offer advantages
The physiochemical conditions for a proper anaerobic digestion are well known. On the contrary, methanization is carried out entirely by bacteria and their role is the least known but the one that offers greater potential for the optimization of biogas generation. From the point of view of microbiology, methanogenesis is a complex process which causes that digesters take a long time to reach the operation steady state, and, in case of substrate composition change, bacterial biodiversity involved in the process has to acclimatize again, and even digestion is in danger of inhibition. Moreover, the low yield of current technologies does not allow to amortize self-consumption biogas facilities. For these reasons the new methodology suggested, adapted to each specific residue, enables users to reduce operation times between 15% and 50% and to increase biogas production between 35% and 45%, making therefore profitable this type of facilities with an investment rate of return between 5 and 7 years.
Proposal under development
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Type of partner sought
In order to ensure the success of the project, it would be advisable that the partner sought has large experience in the management of biogas plants and owns a reasonable number of them in several countries or have growth expectations in the short-medium term.
Moreover, the partner sought should be interested in biogas self-consumption and, therefore, in the acquisition of innovative technology or the adoption of new methods to improve its production process.
Finally, previous experience in European R&D projects would be preferable.
Specific area of activity of the partner
- Type of partner sought: Industrial partners specialised in the construction, management and maintenance of biogas plants for waste treatment, including owners of plants in different countries willing to face the challenge of waste management in origin and self-consumption at the point of generation.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Bioenergy.
- Task to be performed: The partner sought should be able to test and validate the methodology in its industrial plants.