The DEMETER project organizes tailored dissemination workshops where a comprehensive overview on the achievements of the project are offered to interested stakeholders and users at various academia, industry and public levels. Results, updates and project progresses are presented to selected participants involved and active in the DEMETER actions in order to boost the dissemination of the project results, increasing their impacts and visibility towards a wider audience.
The first DEMETER workshop was organized in the framework of Ecomondo, the leading fair of the green and circular economy, on November 7th, 2018, in Rimini (Italy), by CiaoTech, the DEMETER partner responsible of the Life Cycle Assessment, the Techno-economical evaluation and exploitation, and communication and dissemination project activities. This international event relies on an innovative format that brings together all sectors of the circular economy in a single platform: from material and energy recovery to sustainable development.
In the post petroleum era, the Biogas is an important renewable energy resource with high increasing developed in last few decades. It represents a big opportunity for stabilization rural areas, concretely agriculture sector. This technology can facilitate the supply of energy and in general it can contribute to the transition towards the Bio-economy.
The number of operated biogas plants is rapidly increasing and biogas plants require a stableness of the process of anaerobic fermentation with biogas production for efficiency treatment, also for good quality of the developed biogas. The research is moving to find techniques and solutions to enhance the biogas production. And, in this direction, the use of enzyme is on the most promising solutions.
To efficiently convert biomass and agricultural, industrial and municipal waste into -based materials, enzymes play an indispensable role.
In biogas plants, enzyme preparations can be used as a tool for increasing the efficiency of methane production from organic materials streams. Enzymes could help in improving biogas yields and waste treatment capacity, but they could also improve the treatment of waste streams that were formerly not eligible for anaerobic digestion due to their low biodegradability.
However, currently available enzymes have not specifically been developed for biogas production and are evaluated by “trial and error”.
The biomass conversion requires:
- the availability of enzymes that have been proven to be effective in practice and
- that can be produced at an industrial scale.
In this context, the DEMETER project partners gave an insights on how what explained above can be possible, in its first workshop.