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Natural and Synthetic Microbial Communities for Sustainable Production of Optimised Biogas

Objective

Anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic matter is a robust technology for biogas synthesis from different types of waste (sewage sludge from water treatment, animal slurry, bio-waste, etc.). The main goal of AD is the production of methane, a renewable energy source that can be used to generate electricity, heat or as vehicle fuel. Biogas is a mixture of methane (CH4; 55–70% of the total volume), carbon dioxide (CO2; 30–40%) and traces of other gases. In 2018, EU was the world’s largest producer of biomethane, reaching 2,28 bcm. However, from a purely engineering view, the microbial process underlying methane production is considered to be a black box: it is subjected to a degree of variability and it is an industrial process with a lot of room for improvement in the systematic optimisation of (1) yield, (2) quality, (3) speed and (4) robustness of the process.

MICRO4BIOGAS aims to tackle these 4 aspects by integrating, for the first time, the use of microbial consortia that naturally inhabit anaerobic digesters with synthetic microbial consortia with improved capabilities, setting the basis for a user-friendly kit for bioaugmentation of biogas production (activities will be implemented at TRL3 with a TRL target of 5-6).

Partners from 6 EU countries will work side by side to make a difference in the European biogas industry, that individually could not be achieved. By improving the biogas production in Europe, this project meets the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and the European Green Deal, helping to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG7: Affordable and clean energy; SDG13: Climate Action) and working towards the circularity, resource efficiency and sustainability of the European countries.

Call for proposal

H2020-FNR-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 973 115

Participants (13)

GASTERRA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 49 687,50
Address
Stationsweg 1
9726 AC Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABS INTERNATIONAL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 349 677,50
Address
Vaartdijkstraat 19D
8200 Bruges
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEV ENERGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 362 575
Address
Hohendolzschener Str 1A
01187 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AYUNTAMIENTO DE ARAS DE LOS OLMOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Plaza Ayuntamiento, 6
46179 Aras De Los Olmos
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BIOENERGIE VERBUND EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 380 000,08
Address
Im Steinfeld 10
07751 Jena
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 370 250
Address
Themistokli Sofouli Str 54-56
54655 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOCLEAR EARTH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 538 237,50
Address
Rozenburglaan 13
9727 DL Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 302 625
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 504 002,50
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FINRENES OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 379 595
Address
Pellavatehtaankatu 12 C 15
33100 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DARWIN BIOPROSPECTING EXCELLENCE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 503 947,50
Address
Calle Catedratico Agustin Escardino 9
46980 Paterna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCIENSEED SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 275 937,50
Address
Calle Arte 3 5/A
28033 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)