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From waste water to bioenergy

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Aqualia

Spain’s Aqualia, Water management company owned by construction and services company FCC presented the All-gas project in London, an initiative funded by the FP7 program of the European Union which will obtain bioenergy from wastewater treatment.

The project is part of the 7 th Framework Programme of the European Union and has EU funding of 7.1 million. It will be developed within 5 years, with an initial prototype phase (two years) and a second for the construction and operation (three years). Aqualia’s contribution to this project seeks to transform the effluents of wastewater treatment plants in biomass and the conversion of this biomass into biogas.

The EU funding this project reflects the efforts aimed at reducing Europe’s energy dependence on fossil fuels. The goal is that by 2020 20% of the energy produced in Europe comes from renewables.

According to the company, the project will be an efficient and sustainable way for obtaining different types of energy :biodiesel, biogas and biomass. Furthermore, the system itself will be self-sufficient with the energy produced. This is the first time a project like this is implanted I large scale – 10 hectares. It is expected that the biofuels produced in this extension can cover the annual consumption of a fleet of 400 vehicles.

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