By: Volterra

Official meeting of the LIFE BIOMASS C+ Project in the ETSIAAB

LIFE Biomass C+ project aims to demonstrate improvements in climate change mitigation strategies through the production of sustainable biofuels. Using pre-existing and underused infrastructures as well as diverse water resources (irrigation canals, ponds, lakes, rivers...) to produce biomass with high starch content, which will be converted later into bioethanol and eventually fuels. To this end, the project proposes an innovative green technology, the Green Floating Filters (GFF), which consists of growing macrophytes (Typha domingensis) as floating plants in different water bodies. The project is funded by the European Union under the LIFE+ programme and has a duration of three and a half years (1/09/2017-26/02/2021).

Researchers from the Technical School of Agronomic Engineering and Biosystems (ETSIAAB) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) are working on this project, which is coordinated by the Centre for Research & Technology HELLAS (Greece).

The project also involves researchers from the UPM's Technical School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Biostream B. V. (Netherlands), Comunidad de Regantes El Arenal (Ávila, Spain), Hellenic Petroleum S. A. (Greece) and Volterra Ecosystems SL (Barcelona, Spain).

Within the context of this project, on the 4th and 5th of December 2017, the second official meeting of the LIFE-BIOMASS C+ Project was held, organized by the Agroenergy Group of the  Technical School of Agronomic Engineering and Biosystems, and attended by representatives of all the institutions involved.

The meeting was inaugurated by Elena González Benito, Deputy Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at ETSIAAB, who welcomed the participants and gave a brief presentation of ETSIAAB and its activities, showing the Centre's support for research, development and innovation (R&D&I) activities carried out within the School.

The two-day meeting was structured in three blocks following the opening ceremony:

The first block was carried out at the facilities of the Agroenergy Group in the Training Fields and consisted of a training course for the participants, with a theoretical and a practical part; the theoretical part included the' Know-how' necessary for the planting of macrophytes, their handling and harvesting and the design of the floating filters (GFF); In the practical part, the participants were able to examine plant material from macrophytes and carry out germination, sowing, replication, harvesting and assembly and formation of a floating filter (GFF) with their own hands from the beginning.

In the second block, carried out in the facilities of the  Technical School of Engineering and Industrial Design, the actions performed to obtain ethanol from starch in the root mass of harvested macrophytes were reported.

Finally, the third and last block, developed at ETSIAAB, was devoted to specifying the protocols and deliverables of the first quarter of the Project, and to a round table where administrative and dissemination aspects of the Project and the tasks to be carried out during the following year were discussed.

The consortium of the LIFE Biomass C+ Project thanks ETSIAAB, Agroenergetics Group and ETSIDI for their collaboration in making their meeting rooms and facilities available to the Project, and for the joint organization of the event.

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