Obtaining high quality biomethane from municipal and agro-industrial waste is the objective of SMART Green Gas, a project recently launched under the leadership of FCC Aqualia.  The project features the participation of a consortium that includes:  Gas Natural FenosaEDP-Naturgas EnergíaBiogas fuel cellDiagnostiqaDimasa Grupo and Ecobiogas. The initiative has funding from the CIEN Programme run by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the overall budget amounts to over 8 million euro.

The project is scheduled to continue until September 2018 and will study the purification of biogas obtained at waste treatment plants and its conversion into high quality biomethane with a concentration of 95%. The aim is to enable this biomethane to be injected into the gas supply network or to be used as fuel for vehicles.

In order to achieve this objective, SMART Green Gas will develop highly efficient systems for biogas production, along with new processes for the treatment, refining and production of biomethane. Work will also be undertaken on procedures for the control and smart, specialised distribution of biomethane.

The SMART Green Gas consortium enjoys the collaboration of a number of public research bodies from four Spanish Autonomous Communities, including four universities and four research centres. Collaborating universities include the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universities of Girona, Valladolid and Santiago de Compostela. The participating research centres are Tecnalia, Icra, Leitat and Lequia. As can be easily observed, a very large-scale transfer of technology and knowledge, without frontiers, is envisaged.

SMART Green Gas has the support of the CIEN Programme (Consorcios de Investigación Empresarial Nacional) of the CDTI, which will enable ERDF funding through the Operational Programme “Science and Education for Intelligent Growth”. The total budget for the project is €8,365,890.