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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

THE EUROPEAN UNION EVALUATES IN CARIÑENA THE FIRST PLANT THAT GENERATES HYDROGEN ENERGY FROM ALCOHOL WASTE

In San Valero Distilleries is developing, with the co-financing of the European Life program, the LIFE15CCM / ES / 000080 Ecoelectricity project, a system to use the waste of the alcoholic distillation as an energy source of a hydrogen battery, an innovative technology against change climate. In addition to the Aragonese company, four entities of the Valencian Community participate in this project

Darius Urbaniak, project adviser of the European Commission (Easme), has led a technical visit to the pilot plant already in operation and has highlighted its great potential: "With the European project LIFE15CCM / ES / 000080 Ecolectricity reduce emissions of gases of greenhouse effect and also waste is used "

The initiative began October 2016 and will conclude in December this year, with a budget of 1.5 million euros co-financed at 60% by the European program

(Cariñena, June 28, 2019) .- The supervisors of the European Union (Easme) project of the LIFE15CCM / ES / 000080 Ecoelectricity project have moved to Cariñena to verify on-site the development and technical advances of this pioneering initiative. This is the first installation that takes advantage of the purges, the low quality alcoholic residues that are produced in the distillation, to convert its hydrogen into electrical energy. A technology that is proving its viability in the Distilleries San Valero cooperative with co-financing of the European Life program, within its line of promoting innovative technologies against climate change.

During the technical visit, Darius Urbaniak, project adviser of the European Commission (Easme), and Dolores Hedo, responsible for the Neemo external monitoring team, met with the representatives of the entities promoting this project. Together with Destilerías San Valero, four entities of the Valencian Community participate: Innotecno Development S.L. (as project coordinator); the Association for Research in the Toy, Related and Related Industries (AIJU); Ingenieríapara el Desarrollo Tecnológico S.L. (INDETEC) and the Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIC-ITQ).

The main objective of the LIFE 15CCM / ES / 000080 Ecolectricity project is to produce hydrogen through alcoholic waste and generate electricity with it, fueling a fuel cell. The promoters have added their knowledge and equipment to classify and treat the alcoholic fractions available for this use, build a pilot plant based on catalytic reforming technologies to produce hydrogen-rich gaseous streams, integrate the process with a battery for the production of electrical energy and heat and evaluate the operation of the prototype. The study began in October 2016 and will conclude in December 2019, with a budget of 1.5 million euros co-financed at 60% by the European Life program.

The conclusions will not be presented until the end of the project, but after the testing and construction phase, the first energy generation tests are already being carried out, which in this case is used to power an electric sweeper, as a symbol of the commitment to the ecology and circular economy that this research promotes. During his visit to the facilities, the representative of the European Commission learned all the progress of the project and toured the pilot plant.

Darius Urbaniak has stressed that he sees great potential in the project and the technology through which energy is generated. In this regard, he stressed that climate change mitigation is a priority for the European Union “and with the European project LIFE15CCM / ES / 000080 Ecolectricity, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and some are also used waste". On the other hand, the project adviser highlighted Aragón's role in this objective, since it also monitors the SustainHuts project, which coordinates the Aragón Hydrogen Foundation in the Lizara Refuge (Huesca).

On behalf of San Valero Distilleries, the managing director Alberto Arellano has also stressed that the project constitutes an alternative to the use of conventional non-renewable fuels, with the added value of giving utility to an industrial waste, and thus reducing costs. As it is a small-scale test, the energy produced has been limited to the battery of the sweeper, but it is estimated that, if it were positive conclusions, 10% of the plant's consumption could be provided.

Distilleries San Valero is a wine-producing alcohol processing of wine by-products, pomace, lees and wines, with which it produces alcohols for the biofuels sector and the food industry and other products such as tartrates, grape seeds and organic fertilizers; with an integral use of the product, which is now further reinforced. Founded in 1957 by the cooperative wineries of the Cariñena Protected Designation of Origin, it has been renovating and expanding its facilities to adapt to the demands of the market and to be a supplier of international reference companies. It is currently composed of 45 associated wineries throughout Aragon and Catalonia.

The visit to the pilot plant of the Life Ecolectricity project, made a few days ago, brought together all the people responsible for its development. Thus, María Dolores Corvinos, project manager, and project engineers María Algarra and María Menor participated in Innotecno Development. From AIJU, Rubén Beneito, Chief R&D Energy. From INDETEC, Ángel García, president; Paco Piñero, chief financial officer; Álvaro Casañ, technical director; and Chema Carillo, project engineer. From the ITQ-CSIC, Dr. Antonio Chica, senior scientist of the CSIC, and Javier Da Costa, junior chemist have been present. All were received by the manager of San Valero Distilleries, and the president, Jaime Serrano.


Foto de todo el consorcio en las instalaciones de la planta piloto en Destilerías San Valero




Mr Darius Urbaniak Project Adviser de la Comision Europea y del proyecto LIFE 15CCM/ES/000080 ECOELECTRICITY




De izquierda a derecha; Don Alberto Arrellano (Gerente Destilerías San Valero), Don Jaime Serrano (Presidente Destilerías San Valero), Mr Darius Urbaniak (Project Adviser de la Comision Europea ) y Doña Maria Dolores Corvinos (Project Manager Innotecno Development S.L.)




Foto de todo el consorcio en las instalaciones Destilerias San Valero


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