LIFE Climate Change Mitigation (LIFE16 CCM/GR/000044)

Low-cost, carbon positive bioethanol production with innovative Green Floating Filters in multiple water bodies

LIFE Biomass C+ aims to demonstrate improvements in climate mitigation strategies through the production of sustainable biofuel. It will utilise existing and underused infrastructure and water resources (i.e. irrigation channels, ponds, lakes, river arms) to produce zero-input biomass, with high starch content that will then be converted into bioethanol and eventually biofuel.

 
To do this, the project proposes an innovative green technology of Green Floating Filters (GFF), where aquatic macrophyte plants (Typha domingensis) will be grown in multiple water bodies.

Here you can read the official summary of the project "BIOMASS C+" (LIFE16 CCM/GR/000044).

News

 Promoting scientific vocations
By: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)

Promoting scientific vocations

Secondary-level students of the Educational Centre ‘Padre Piquer’ of the Autonomous Community of Madrid (Spain) visited the Agro-Energy Group (GA-UPM) for the Centre activity ‘Researchers in Nature’, and had the opportunity to be informed about the project LIFE Biomass C+.

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Visit at Lake Chimatitida
By: CERTH

Visit at Lake Chimatitida

CERTH team visited Lake Chimatitida and Lake Zazari, in order to find the best locations for next year’s plantation.

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Meeting with CERTH team in Thessaloniki
By: CERTH

Meeting with CERTH team in Thessaloniki

CERTH team met in Thessaloniki for discussing the bioprocessing activities of the projects and the so far project implementation progress.

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Spanish nursery of aquatic plants develops new applications of cattails biomass
By: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)

Spanish nursery of aquatic plants develops new applications of cattails biomass

The establishment of green floating islands or filters, at commercial scale, requires large quantities of plantlets for early full vegetation cover; plant requirements are usually estimated at 20-28 plantlets per square meter, which means a supply of 28,000 plantlets for 1,000 m2 filter.

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An island of cattails serves as the setting of an environmental performance
By: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)

An island of cattails serves as the setting of an environmental performance

In the weekend of 15-16 September 2018, a constructed island of cattails in Manzanares river, Madrid, Spain, was the setting of the performance ‘Whale’ by Captain Boomer Collective from Belgium, which aimed at raising awareness on human effects on environment

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Informative session of the project in El Arenal (Spain)

Informative session of the project in El Arenal (Spain)

On August 30th, an informative session was held about the project Life Biomass C + in El Arenal (Spain). The session was attended by partners from the irrigation community and the general public. The talk turned out to be quite didactic and from what we could see the attendees were quite grateful for the explanations.

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Greece trials under way
By: CERTH

Greece trials under way

In the course of July the EPS boards with Typha plants were positioned in the Greek trial area. You can see the photos from the area after installation as well as photos during the works for the preparation of the area. We will keep you posted on the performance of the plants.

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Life Biomass C+ meets Green Urban Living project

Life Biomass C+ meets Green Urban Living project

UPM visited TECMA held in Madrid, 13-15 June 2018 with the aim of knowing the latest developments on environmentally friendly materials, materials that could be used to manufacture support trays for growing aquatic macrophytes as floaters.

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Successful participation in EUBCE conference
By: CERTH

Successful participation in EUBCE conference

Last week, CERTH’s Dimitrios Kourkompas presented a poster and paper of our project at the EUBCE International Conference (26th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition) in Copenhagen.

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El Arenal plantings finished
By: Volterra Palencia

El Arenal plantings finished

Today at El Arenal at the premises of COMRA the last EPS panels were placed in basins and water bodies to grow the cattail plants

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Project Goals

Substitution of non-renewable energy resources

"Biomass C+ will demonstrate the applicability of its concept on an industrial scale and a business plan will be developed"

CLOSE TO MARKET

"The root system of the macrophyte plants absorbs heavy metals and other pollutants in water. It has whown to be an effective green filters"

IMPROVING WATER QUALITY

"The Green Floating Filters are grown in multiple water bodies that are not competitive with food crops or agricultural land"

REDUCING INDIRECT LAND USE CHANGE