PRODIGIO: Towards the optimization of algal biomass bioconversion into biogas at industrial scale

The main objective of PRODIGIO is the development of a system failure prediction model that increases the performance of microalgae biomass production and anaerobic digestion systems. Microalage culture allows recovering nutrients from waste streams, while producing an algae biomass that can be subjected to anaerobic digestion to produce a bioenergy stream (biogas). The optimization of these processes promotes the technology scaling up and advance towards more favorable techno-economic, environmental and social performance to achieve more sustainable microalgae biogas.

In the framework of this European project, IMDEA Energy, leading working package 2, is involved in elucidating the process warning indicators that allow predicting the anaerobic digestion failure. The scaling up of the process normally results in efficiency decrease in terms of biogas production. For that reason, the identification of warning indicators and the development of a prediction model will support the biogas production optimization at industrial scale.

Participants: Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Coordinator), Alfred Wegener Institute, Association pour la recherché et le développement des méthodes et processus industriels (ARMINES), IDConsortium, Fundación IMDEA Energía (IMDEA Energy), National Taiwan University, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), University of Almería.
Funding Institution/Program: The PRODIGIO project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement Nº 101007006.
Call: H2020-LC-SC3-2020-RES-RIA (Topic: LC-SC3-RES-1-2019-2020 – Developing the next generation of renewable energy technologies)
Type of Action: Research and Innovation Action (RIA)
Period: January 2021-December 2023
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cristina Gonzalez Fernandez