THE PARTNERS

Partners covering the whole sector with specific experience and knowledge

BIOGASNET consortium is comprised of 5 partners from Spain and 1 from Greece, covering all the value chain, from universities, research and technology centres and end-users. All partners have excellent experience and strong capacities to grant BIOGASNET project a successful achievement of the defined objectives and its future exploitation.

The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) – Barcelona Tech

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · Barcelona Tech (UPC) is a public institution of research and higher education in the fields of engineering, architecture, sciences and technology, and one of the leading technical universities in Europe. Within the UPC, the BIOGAP (Biological treatment of gaseous pollutants and odours) research group has an expertise of more than 15 years in biological gas treatments. This has allowed them to develop a novel desulfurization technology. UPC is the coordinating beneficiary of the project and is involved in all the actions of the project, supervising prototype operations in all sites.

Dr. Xavier Gamisans 

PhD in Chemical Engineering, he is an Associate Professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Deputy Director of Research at the Manresa School of Engineering. He is also the Responsible of the Smart Sustainable Resources Research Centre. He is the scientific coordinator of the BIOGASNET project.

Dr. Concepción Lao 

Assistant professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia, teaching Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry and Sustainability. Her research activity is focused in the field of the Environmental Biotechnology. In the last few years, she has specialised in the use of biological processes for a variety of environmental applications.

Dr. Antonio David Dorado 

PhD in Chemical Engineering. He is an assistant professor at the UPC and researcher in environmental technologies and bioprocess, specifically in the use of biological systems for the valorisation of waste. He has an extensive experience in the study of interfacial transport phenomena and in advanced modelling simulation of biological processes.

Dr. M. Montserrat Sole 

Associate Professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia teaching subjects within the Degree in Chemical Engineering and in the Master’s Degree in Engineering in Natural Resources. Her research activity is focused in the field of Environmental Biotechnology. She has specialized in the use of biological processes for a variety of environmental applications.

Ismael Chaguaceda

BS in Biotechnology and MSc in Bioengineering. He is PhD student in Natural Resources and Environment at the School of Engineering of the UPC. His main research topic is related to the characterization of sulfur-oxidizing bacteria biofilms in aerobic and anoxic systems. He is Project Coordinator Assistant of the BIOGASNET project, giving support in technical and dissemination tasks.

Eurecat Technology Centre 

Eurecat is the leading Technology Centre of Catalonia providing the industrial and business sector with differential technology and advanced expertise. The project is participated by two Eurecat’s Units: Waste, Energy & Environmental Impact Unit, focused on waste management and valorisation, energy efficiency, circular economy strategies and environmental impact assessment; and Water, Air & Soil Unit, which is focused on water treatment technologies, soil and groundwater remediation and risk assessment, and air monitoring and treatment. Eurecat participates in the project supervising the prototype and evaluating the biomass growth and adaptation and valorisation routes of the by-products obtained.

Dr. Frederic Clarens

PhD in Chemistry, he is the Head of Waste, Energy & Environmental Impact Unit of Eurecat. With more than 12 years of experience in national and international R&D projects, his current activities focus on the implementation of circular economy principles and sustainability assessments through Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing methodologies.

Dr. Xavier Martínez

PhD in Environmental Chemistry, he is the Head of Water, Soil and Air Unit of Eurecat. His main focus of research is the separation technologies, especially membranes, for water treatment and valuable compound recovery. He has a great experience as a coordinator of research and innovation projects at regional and European level.

Dr. Carolina Ramírez

PhD in Science, chemist and MSc in Chemical Engineering carrying out research placements at ENSIACET and EBRI. She works as a researcher at Eurecat and she is currently involved in the Sustainability Area working in topics such as industrial waste minimization, reuse and valorization and industrial process optimization.

Dr. Sandra Meca

MSc in Analytical Chemistry and PhD from Technical University of Catalonia. She is a researcher of Sustainability Area of Eurecat and has a strong expertise in waste valorisation, chemical processes, water treatment, pollutants migration, chemical modelling and chemical analysis. She participates in I+D projects financed by public administration.

Marina Presas

Journalist specialized in Science and Technology communication graduated at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). She has experience in defining and executing communication and dissemination strategies throughout the project’s lifecycle and leading Dissemination and Communication WPs of EU-funded projects.

Míriam Vendrell

Journalist specialized in Culture and Society graduated at the Autonomous University of Catalonia (Barcelona). She has experience in communication and dissemination strategies throughout the project’s lifecycle and she has participated in Dissemination and Communication tasks of EU-funded projects.

University of Cadiz (UCA)

The University of Cadiz, founded in 1979, counts with a Biological and Enzymatic Reactors Research Group, focused on the field of biotreatment of gaseous emissions and biogas desulfurization investigating in biodesulphurization and biofiltration of effluent gases, amongst other research areas. The UCA will lead the actions related to prototype operation in the landfill plant and networking activities.

Dr. Martín Ramírez 

Chemical Engineer and PhD degrees in the Chemical Science and Technology program, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology of University of Cadiz (UCA). He works in biodesulfurization and biofiltration of effluents gases, mainly biogas. He is the BIOGASNET project leader of team UCA.

Prof. Dr. Domingo Cantero 

BS in Chemistry, MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering, he is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology at the UCA. His research has been focused on the biodesulfurization and biofiltration of gaseous effluents. In the BIOGASNET project he supervises the operation of the prototype and management activities.

Dr. Gema Cabrera

PhD degree in the Industrial Engineering Processes program, at the UCA and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology of UCA. Her research is focused on bioremediation of heavy metals and hydrocarbons contaminated media and bioproduction of added value products. She will supervise the operation of the project’s prototype and dissemination activities.

Prof. Dr. José Manuel Gómez

MS in Chemical, he is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology of UCA. He has expertise in the field of biodesulfurization and biofiltration of effluent gases, on bioremediation of heavy metals and hydrocarbons contaminated media and bioproduction of added value products. In the project, his task is related with public awareness and dissemination of results.

Dr. Antonio Valle

BS in Biology and PhD in Chemical and Technology Sciences. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Public Health at UCA. His research is focused in the use of genetically modified microorganisms to obtain valuable products and the characterization of microbial communities in bioreactors. In the project, he analyses the microbial populations of the bioreactors.

Sandra Torres

BS in Biotechnology and MSc in the Agri-food programme. She is doing the PhD degrees in the Agri-food Resources programme the Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology of University of Cádiz (UCA). Her work theme is biodesulfurization and biofiltration of effluents gases, mainly biogas. She is the person in charge of the prototype operation of BIOGASNET project in team UCA.

Javier Palomares

BS and MS degrees in Biotechnology. He has been researching the treatment of leachate with microalgae, biogas production and microalgae cultivation. His work theme is biodesulfurization and biofiltration of effluents gases, mainly biogas. He is the assistant of the prototype operation of BIOGASNET project in team UCA.

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

The NTUA, founded in 1836, is the most prestigious academic institution in Greece. The Unit of Environmental Science and Technology of NTUA has implemented more than 150 EU-funded projects and has a great experience in solid waste and wastewater management. NTUA is leading the activities taking place in Greece and participates in monitoring and other dissemination actions.

Prof. Maria Loizidou

Head of the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology (UEST), she has been teaching Special Chemistry Topics, Systems for Environmental Protection and Environmental Management. She is the Environmental Consultant of Ministries, Communities, Municipalities and Private Companies. She is the scientific responsible of the BIOGASNET project on behalf of NTUA.

Prof. Konstantinos Moustakas

Senior Researcher and Laboratory Staff at the NTUA. He has a great experience in the field of management, administrative and scientific experience, having participated in more than 60 waste related projects in more than 15 countries. He is involved in the management of the project including management, administrative, financial and communication issues.

Dr. Dimitris Malamis

Senior Researcher and Environmental Engineer, he is currently a Research Associate at the School of Chemical Engineering at the NTUA, specialized in solid waste management. He has participated in the implementation of more than 40 national and EU funded research projects. He is the contact point for all technical actions and issues of the project on behalf of NTUA.

AERIS

AERIS is a spin-off of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with a vast experience in industrial gas treatment processes. The main activity of AERIS is the development and sale of biological-based equipment to purify industrial water and contaminated gases and to produce and seize energy from solid residues. The complete design of the prototype will be performed by AERIS, in close collaboration with BIOGASNET partners. AERIS is the responsible for the economic assessment of the technology and its commercialization into the market.

Dr. Óscar J. Prado 

Director of AERIS, he holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology, obtained with honours. His areas of expertise include the design and operation of biological reactors for biomass production and related products and for degradation of pollutants. He has a wide experience in management and development of national and European projects. He is involved in the management of the Biogasnet project.

Dr. Albert Bartrolí 

Chemical Engineering and PhD in Environmental Sciences. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of design and maintenance of biological systems for biomass production, both at laboratory and pilot scales. In the BIOGASNET project he leads the design and construction of the prototype.

Dr. Josep Torà

Chemical Engineer and PhD in Environmental Sciences. He holds a wide experience in the fields of design and maintenance of biological and psycho-chemical reactors for different applications to pilot and industrial scales. In the project he participates in the design and construction of the demonstrator sites.

Katarzyna Budkiewicz

Civil Engineer and she has 10 years’ experience in design of biological reactors for different applications to pilot and industrial scale. In the project, she is involved in the design of the prototypes.

Dr. Raquel Montes

Chemical Engineer, she holds a PhD in Chemistry. It has over 5 years’ experience in the development of automated analytical systems for real-time environmental and industry monitoring. She is involved both in technical and management of the BIOGASNET project.

Bioreciclaje de Cádiz

Bioreciclaje de Cádiz is a private company managing urban solid waste from 34 municipalities in the province of Cádiz. This company provides its installations for the development of the LIFE BIOGASNET project and is also involved in other actions and tasks, such as the preliminary assessment and monitoring of project, as well as disseminating its results.

Juan Jesús Ortega 

Graduated in Biology from the University of Sevilla with 21 years of experience in the waste sector. Since 2012, he is the Projects Director at Bioreciclaje de Cádiz S.A. and representative of GS Inima Environment S.A.

Francisco Quintana 

Higher Technician in Automatic and Programable Systems and Specialist Technician in Electrical Installations with 40 years of experience in the waste sector. He works at Bioreciclaje de Cádiz S.A. since 1982. Currently he works as Advisor to the Technical Management in the company.