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Upscaling and Market Introduction of Simultaneous Biogas Upgrading and Bio-Succinic Acid Production

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NEOSUCCESS (Upscaling and Market Introduction of Simultaneous Biogas Upgrading and Bio-Succinic Acid Production)

Reporting period: 2020-06-01 to 2021-05-31

Succinic Acid is the most important multifunctional platform chemical for the industry with immense applications (bioplastics, polyurethanes, paints, etc.) but 95% of its production is petroleum-based. On a separate matter, biogas’ most valuable compound is BioMethane, used as renewable energy; but obtained by costly upgrading technologies, not fully widespread.

NEOSUCCESS is a Fast Track to innovation project with the goal to make commercially available a unique technology based on a containerised plug and play technology conceived to be integrated in biogas plants’ operational workflow, finally making the investment on biogas upgrading profitable as a result of its complementary BioSuccinic Acid exploitation.
During the first Reporting Period we have worked on the scale-up and construction of the industrial NEOSUCCESS unit for BioSuccinic Acid production (including the Downstream Processing). The website has been launched and a D&C plan has been established. We have also launched the market analysis activities and the IP and Data Management Plans, as well as defined the ethical requirements for our project.

During the following months, we will finish and validate the industrial unit and improve the downstream process.
Currently, SA and BioM production are separate industrial processes. We have developed NEOSUCCESS, the first technology worldwide that recycles and uses residual waste streams to simultaneously produce these two high-value products: BioM (>95%) from biogas to be used as a biofuel; and BioSA (>80%), a second-generation non-fossil alternative to SA. This is the first revolutionary biogas upgrading technology that binds CO2 into a valuable biochemical; highly reducing production costs and environmental footprint.

Both Biogas Upgrading and BioSA markets have a double-digit growth, which strikes as a great opportunity for Europe to take a leap forward. Thanks to this project, we will achieve a successful market launch by 2023 and install 40 NEOSUCCESS units in 11 countries by 2027, contributing to the European transition towards a sustainable Bio-based Economy.