THE PROTOTYPES

Two prototype plants installed in Spain and Greece

During the project, a prototype will be designed, constructed and operated in two different European facilities with different biogas sources in order to validate the technology and to demonstrate its robustness under different conditions.

The results of the operation in both sites will be used to validate a mathematical model that allows the scaling for the entire plant, as well as the possibility of transferring the technology to other similar facilities.

Operation of the prototype at Cádiz

First, the prototype will be installed at the Miramundo-Los Hardales landfill located in Cádiz (Spain). In this case, the plant will consist of two main equipment: a nitrification bioreactor that will be fed by landfill leachate and an anoxic biotrickling filter that will be fed by the effluent from the nitrification bioreactor and the biogas from the landfill wells.

The prototype will be operated for 12 months with the objective of gathering information for the optimisation of the technology, the search of the technology limits, as well as the definition of advanced control strategies.

Operation of the Prototype at Athens

The prototype will be moved from Cádiz to a Municipal solid waste management plant (MSWTP) in Athens (Greece), where it will be operated for 12 months more. This action is aimed to obtain information about the performance of the Biogasnet technology in another different scenario.

In this case, the plant, located in Attica area will be expanded with a scrubber to carry out the absorption of ammonium in water and this water will be used to feed the nitrification bioreactor.