• European project generates biogas in water treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic wastes
  • 18,000 wastewater treatment plants consume 3% of Europe’s global energy consumption
  • Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, gave a conference on Wednesday 9 November where he spoke about: Canary Islands before the absorption of EU funds until 2030. Nextgen, REPowerEU, providing LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 as a case study

The 13th International Canagua and Energy Fair, promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and organised by Infecar, was held on 9 November. The aim of this event was to turn the Canary Islands into an international benchmark for clean energy, facilitating new business opportunities, new generation models, efficiency, water reuse, investment, promotion and collaboration within the water and energy binomial.

The LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project was presented by the general director of the Finnova Foundation, Juanma Revuelta, as a success case for obtaining non-polluting energy” The LIFE ECODIGESTION 2. 0 technology is based on that developed in the previous LIFE ECODIGESTION project, whose main objective was the development, implementation and demonstration at pilot scale of an innovative technology for the automatic control of waste dosing in WWTP anaerobic digesters, thus maximising biogas production and waste treatment capacity”, he explained during the presentation.

Two of the major challenges facing Europe today are energy scarcity and drought, which is why the presence of the LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project was of great relevance to the audience, which was very interested in alternative energy sources. The main objective of LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 is to scale up the technology to produce biogas on demand with WWTP sludge, using agri-food waste and slurry as a co-substrate. It is, therefore, a project that sets an example of good management of European funds as well as a successful collaboration between public-private entities and a commitment to technological innovation, thus helping to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and build a sustainable Europe.

About Finnova

Finnova is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels (Belgium) with a presence in Spain in the Valencian Community, the Basque Country, Andalusia, the Community of Madrid, Extremadura and the Canary Islands. The foundation works for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level and operates through collaborations and partnerships in all EU countries. Finnova’s experience in leading communication activities and dissemination of European projects is combined with a solid proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurial support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and incubators. It is also committed to the training and employability of young people.

About the Energy Council of Gran Canaria

An organisation associated with the Cabildo de Gran Canaria that was created with the intention of promoting clean energy, stimulating different energy saving and efficiency policies in homes and economic sectors of the islands, while at the same time promoting research, development and technological innovation together with town councils and other institutions.

About LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 Funded by the LIFE programme, it is a demonstrative pilot project that generates biogas in water treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste (slurry, poultry, MSW organic fractions, horeca, etc.). In this way, it allows wastewater treatment plant sludge to be transformed into green energy through technology. The initiative led by Global Omnium (Spain), in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal) aims to become the most versatile digestion control tool on the market by achieving environmental and economic benefits through the production of biogas through optimal waste exploitation. Thanks to this technology, it favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the exploitation of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus achieving a positive impact on the environment.