In the second episode of the LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 podcast, available on Spotify, we dive into the science and technology behind biogas production and innovative waste management. This episode, featuring Pau Granell, head of the Quart-Benàger WWTP, María José Tarrega from the Quart-Benàger WWTP, and Carlos Lafita from Global Omnium, offers an in-depth look at the biological and technical processes of the project, discussing the importance of bacteria and archaea in the transformation of organic matter into biogas and stabilised sludge, a valuable resource for agriculture.
We delve into challenges such as oxygen and temperature regulation to maintain an optimal environment for these microorganisms. Aspects like the management of hydrogen sulfide are explored, highlighting the importance of maintaining a delicate balance in anaerobic digestion processes. This episode emphasizes the role of LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 in driving circular economy and environmental sustainability, showing how innovation and advanced technology can transform waste management into a more efficient and ecological process.
Experts share their perspectives on the future of sustainability in wastewater treatment, underlining LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0’s commitment to developing sustainable technological solutions and their long-term application. This podcast not only illustrates progress from the project’s previous version but also emphasizes the vision to expand this technology to other facilities, marking a milestone in the efficient and sustainable implementation of waste treatment globally.
About LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0
LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a demonstration pilot project, funded by the LIFE program with a budget of over 970,000 EUR, generating biogas in wastewater treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste (slurry, poultry, organic fractions, MSW, horeca, etc.), thus transforming sewage sludge into green energy through technology. Led by Global Omnium (Spain), in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal), the project aims to become the most versatile digestion control tool on the market, achieving environmental and economic benefits by producing biogas through optimal waste utilization. This technology promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the utilization of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus having a positive impact on the environment. This program is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU, or RePowerEU.