Improving biogas production through bioaugmentation
Some of the renewable energy sources that have proliferated most in recent years (wind and photovoltaic) have major drawbacks, such as their limited or non-existent energy management capacity or their dependence on weather conditions. Biogas (a mixture of methane, carbon dioxide and traces of other gases), on the other hand, is an easily storable energy resource that can be used to create manageable power plants and has great potential for exploitation in Europe.
The European project MICRO4BIOGAS aims to improve the performance, robustness and speed of the biogas production process by anaerobic digestion, as well as to increase the efficiency of the process. In the framework of this project, DARWIN has isolated and characterised microbial strains with hydrolytic, acidogenic and acetogenic activities from anaerobic digester samples.
Some of the results obtained can be found in the following publications:
- Unveiling the ecology, taxonomy and metabolic capabilities of MBA03, a potential key player in anaerobic digestion.
- Multivariate comparison of taxonomic, chemical and technical data from 80 full-scale an-aerobic digester-related systems.
Funded by: European Commission (Horizon 2020), grant agreement 101000470