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13 June 2018

IREC researchers launch pilot project to produce renewable gas in Catalonia

CoSin project has launched a pilot plant of natural gas generation of renewable origin in Riu Sec, located at a treatment facility in Sabadell, through the process of biogas methanation . The methanation unit is the result of collaborative efforts  between the Catalonia Institute Energy Research (IREC), Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) and the German spin-off Ineratec GmbH. This pilot project is connected to an upgrading system of biogas developed by Cetaqua.

The Energy Storage Group of IREC has been responsible of the pilot plant design, commissioning and currently his operation. Over the next months, IREC will determine the optimal operational conditions so that the obtained gas has the same quality as natural gas of fossil origin. The catalysts for the conversion of the biogas to synthetic natural gas using renewable source hydrogen developed by IREC will be validated in the pilot plant.

The CoSin project, led by GNF, is part of the RIS3CAT Energy Community, created by the Regional Government of Catalonia through ACCIO, which involves industrial research projects, experimental development and innovation aimed at driving the energy sector towards a more sustainable and efficient model.

The CoSin Project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, under the framework of the ERDF Operational Programme for Catalonia 2014-2020, and by ACCIÓ, through the RIS3CAT Energy Community.

Please, read the press release for more information.