As a perfect ending of the Interreg-Poctep MOVBIO project, two closing events were held, one on each side of the border Spain-Portugal during the past month of December 2019.
On the Portuguese side, the closing event of the MOVBIO project took place in Guimarães on December 12, in which the main results and conclusions of the work developed during the project were presented.
Portuguese partners (CVR and AEdoAVE) showed the results of the work carried out during the last two and a half years. These results referred to the study of energy needs in the area of cooperation, the role of pruning of biomass as an energy resource and the analysis of current pruning biomass management models compared to more environmentally and financially sustainable ones. On behalf of CIDAUT, the pruning biomass observatory available on the project website (www.movbio.eu) was presented.
In Spain, it was on December 17 when the final dissemination of results of the MOVBIO project took place in the auditorium of the D.O. Rueda, in Rueda (Valladolid).
During the workshop, CIDAUT, as project coordinator, presented the main conclusions obtained from the project and Itacyl explained the study of pruning biomass potential carried out, as well as the conclusions of good practices obtained from the project. In addition, it was possible to see first-hand the initiatives that Somacyl is carrying out in the use of vine pruning as fuel for its thermal and electrical generation plants.
Finally, during both events, the manual of good practices for the viable collection of pruning biomass was distributed among the attendees.
The past 14th November 2019, VALORCOMP consortium met in CIDAUT facilities to monitor all its activities before the end of the year. As usual and close to the end of the project, representatives from the entire consortium attended the meeting: Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB, Principal Beneficiary), CIDAUT Foundation, University of Valladolid (UVa), Resíduos do Nordeste (RN) and Nertatec.
The Coordination commission started the meeting with the objective of evaluating common management aspects. The most significant data was the project request extension agreement until mid-2020 with the objective of disseminating the results of the project. For this purpose, two workshops were agreed, one in Valladolid (Spain) in March 2020 and the other in Mirandela (Portugal) organized by Residuos do Nordeste in April 2020. The project is scheduled to close in June 2020 at the facilities of IPB.
Within the Technical commission, the main objective of the meeting was to share the progress in each of the aspects compost use under study in the framework of the project. CIDAUT presented the results obtained in the pelletization and gasification tests in the pilot plant. Pelletization shows very satisfactory results. The gasification results are under evaluation, but a priori it seems that the low quality of the compost causes the gas obtained to have limited applications. Combustion test in updraft boiler are pending.
IPB presented the conclusions of the adsorption process modeling for CO2 separation using activated carbon from activity 2. The results of compost carbonization were also shown using two different techniques: hydrotreatment (HTC) and functional carbonization using TEOS and EDTA. Activity 2 concluded with the advances in the use of compost in construction materials and the results of temperature tests.
Within the framework of agronomic valorization in activity 3, the UVA presented the results of the technical-economic balance of the nutrient extraction process studied. On this activity, IPB showed a final review of the characterization of the leachates obtained in the Residuos do Nordeste plant to be used as fertilizer.
Nertatec presented the tools developed in activity 4. Two simple tools have been developed for the evaluation of compost quality as a fertilizer and as a fuel for energy use based on the characteristics of the compost. Work is being done on these tools in order to show them to the administrations and entities interested in the project workshops that will be held next year.
Finally to conclude the meeting it was made a visit to the combustion test facilities in CIDAUT. This experimental pilot plant will be used to carry out the combustion test for thermal valorization of compost. The purpose of the visit was to show VALORCOMP members the test capabilities of CIDAUT and the facilities for such test.
A new Technical Conference within the dissemination work of MOVBIO Project took place in the Noble Hall of the Intermunicipal Community of Ave, in Guimarães (Portugal) on June 26th.
The event was co-organized by the Ave Energy Agency and the CVR (Center for waste valorization), and topics such as the energy valorization of biomass from agricultural and urban prunings were discussed. A certain emphasis was put on the results of some project activities, good practices for the valorization, the challenges in logistic solutions and the state of the art regarding to the existing technologies for the collection and treatment of this raw material.
CIDAUT Foundation expose the lecture entitled: “Gasification as an alternative for the valorization of pruning biomass”, in which different options of energy valorization of the pruning biomass were using thermochemical processes for the decomposition of said biomass in gaseous streams. These biomass gases could be used as fuels in cogeneration applications or, after their reforming and purification, as high added value renewable gases such as hydrogen.
During the technical conference, a Round Table was also carried out with the participation of specialists and professionals from the sector, including Coelho Guedes (BriquetasRaro), Eduardo Ferreira (UM / VIMASOL) and Primitivo Málaga (GEBIO / BIOHOT), this session was moderated by the Executive Director of the CVR, Jorge Araújo.
In this forum, topics such as the demand and supply of the product, the relationship between producers and consumers, the logistical and economic viability challenges for the energy valorization of biomass and the future of the sector were discussed.
In the afternoon, a briquette manufacturing demonstration session was held at the facilities of the CVR (Center for Waste Valorization), as a demonstration of the research actions developed within the MOVBIO project.
A new meeting was held to monitor the MOVBIO project in the facilities of the Center for Waste Valorisation (CVR) in Guimarães (Portugal) on January 18th and partners of Portugal and Spain with representatives of all project activities attended the meeting. The progress of the project in the study of the potential of pruning biomass for energy use in the north of Portugal and Castilla-León was shown. One of the purposes of the meeting was to establish the contents of the project’s website (www.movbio.eu) and the following milestones of the project aimed at preparing the final biomass potential report. The definition of case studies in which to validate the use of this biomass and the interaction with other projects related to the use of pruning such as the UP-running and BIOMASA-AP projects was also evaluated.
This meeting was completed the next day with a technical conference that included a demonstration in the field. It was possible to verify the pruning techniques of actinidia (kiwi) and of the vine, as well as its collection in the field for future energy use. Both species present a great potential in the north of Portugal and are of great interest in the scope of the MOVBIO project.
This project is co-financed by the programme of cooperation INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 and will run until December 2019.
The MOVBIO Project, led by the CIDAUT and granted by the INTERREG V A España-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 programme, held its kick-off meeting on 19th July 2017 at CIDAUT´s facilities in Boecillo Technological Park (Valladolid, Spain).
During the meeting, all partners of the project: Municipal Energy Agency of Valladolid (AEMVA), the Institute of Agrarian Technology of Castilla y León (ITACYL), the Center for Waste Valorisation (CVR), the Energy Agency of Ave (AEdoAVE) and CIDAUT have worked on launching the first project tasks. MOVBIO will allow the valorization of existing biomass that currently neither has a defined utilization circuit nor energy use due to its special characteristics. In particular, MOVBIO will facilitate the energy valorization of pruning biomass of agricultural and urban origin (pruning biomass of parks and gardens) by means of the evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of adaptations on the processes of pretreatment and thermal utilization. It is also intends to help strengthen the business model making it more sustainable through the efficient use of residual biomass and the promotion of business innovation.
The MOVBIO project approach focuses on innovation in three areas: the new way of using a biomass with energy value, the adaptation of systems for their collection and the adjustment of energy recovery technologies. In addition, the project will favor the use of ICTs through the creation of a biomass management tool that will allow connecting the value chain between biomass owners and/or agricultural service companies and users of biomass considered within the project.
Keywords: MOVBIO, Biomass, Energy, Pruning