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  • Project Description

    The BioWALK4Biofuels Project (B4B) aimed to develop an alternative and innovative system for the treatment of biowaste and to use GHG emissions to produce second generation biofuels, using macroalgae as a catalyser, in a multidisciplinary approach. The project, seeking for a synergy between biowaste and macroalgae for a clean biogas production, allows to by-pass the high nitrogen content problem of biowaste: in fact macroalgae, needing nitrogen and phosphate to grow, represent an optimal interface, capable to transform the negative eutrophication potential of such a biowaste in a benefit, in terms of increasing algae growth-rate. In the project demonstration area (Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy) an algae cultivation system was realized together with a biogas production plant. In addition, the relationship between growth and energy potential of selected species with the amounts/characteristic of GHG emissions and biowaste introduced in the cultivation medium is to be studied.

    Poroject Lead: Universita Degli Studi Di Roma la Sapienza

  • Geographical Information

    Region: Europe

    Country: Italy

    City/Town: Sicilia

  • Project Boundaries

    Timeline Start - End: 2010-01-04 - 2015-03-31

    Project Status: Completed

    Project Budget: 4077440.52 €

    Funding source: 71% EU (FP7-Energy)

  • Technological Information


    - Research (CCU)

    - Life cycle assessment (LCA)

    - Environmental assessment

    CO2 Source: CO2 from biowaste

    CCU Tecnology Category: Utilization

    Info On Utilization:

    - Biological conversion

    Facility stage: Operational

    End TRL: 7

  • Technological Details

    CO2 capture/Utilization:

    Production Volume: 40 Nm3 of biogas/h

  • Product Information

    Product Categories:

    - Fuels

    - Biomass

    Specific Product(s): Macro-algae produced biomethane

  • Partners


    - Power Ventures

    - Aquagri processing private limited

    - Rigas Tehniska Universitate

    - Hashemite University

    - Scandinavian GtS AB

    - Council of scientific and industrial research (CSIR)

    - Teknologisk insitut

    - Aarhus Universitet

    - Consorzio nazionale interuniversitario per le scienze del mare

    - Associacion NGVA Europe

    - Universita degli studi di roma la sapienza