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Mixed Renewable Gas Unit

The Renewable Gas Mixed Unit is a joint project between Naturgy, Energylab Technology Centre and EDAR Bens S.A., a supra-municipal public company that provides a waste water purification service in the municipalities of A Coruña, Arteixo, Cambre, Culleredo and Oleiros.

This Mixed Unit is co-funded by the Galician Innovation Agency - Second Deputy President's Office and Regional Ministry of Economy, Enterprise and Innovation, and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the framework of the 2014-2020 ERDF Galicia operating programme. Boosting research, technological development and innovation. A way of making Europe.

The project's aim is to increase knowledge not just of biogas and biomethane but also of other renewable gases such as green hydrogen and syngas, as well as assessing their impact on current infrastructures and end users.

The Mixed Unit will develop five new lines of research:

1. Improving biogas production through co-digestion and recovery of nutrients.

2. Generating green hydrogen by harnessing energy from pure water flows. This will be passed through turbines, generating hydrogen by means of water electrolysis.

3. Producing biohydrogen through dark fermentation, a biological process (initial stages of anaerobic digestion) through which hydrogen is generated based on the degradation of organic matter.

4. Gasification of sewage sludge to obtain bio-syngas (synthetic biogas).

5. Studying the impact of using the various renewable gases and their mixtures, from the point of view of injection into the gas grid and its use in stationary and mobile (vehicle) applications.
Workers in the Mixed Renewable Gas Unit laboratory

The call

The Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) published its call on 20 February 2020 for the establishment of mixed research units in line with the strategic challenges and priorities identified in the RIS3 for Galicia, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the Feder Galicia operational programme for 2014- 2020, in pillar 1 “Boosting research, technological development and innovation”.

The aim behind this line of action is to consolidate, strengthen and maintain the research and innovation activity of the mixed research units created within the scope of the GAIN calls for subsidy applications for 2016 and 2017, thereby bringing continuity to and furthering the expectations, goals and results of its lines of research and work with the implementation of new activities and projects within their framework, with a view to achieving the following goals:

 To configure mixed working groups among research entities and companies to become catalysts for the development of lines of R&D+i.

 To develop high-impact knowledge-intensive projects

 Showcasing the research groups

 To bring research entities closer to the company

 To attract lines of R&D+i to Galicia

 To incentivise the transfer of R&D+i results to the market

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