During the project’s kick-off meeting, which was held last January, the partners explained not only the role and responsibilities of everyone but also the main objectives and research lines of the project.
The EU project PRODIGIO, coordinated by the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM), celebrated last January its kick-off meeting virtually. The partners took the opportunity to explain not only the role and responsibilities of everyone but also the main objectives and research lines of a project that intends to bring microalgae biogas production technologies faster to commercialization.
The renewable energy technologies that will form the backbone of the energy system by 2030 and 2050 are still at an early stage of development, and bring them faster to commercialization is challenging.
Within this context, PRODIGIO aims to develop a system failure prediction technology that increases the performance of microalgae biomass production and anaerobic digestion systems and advance towards more favorable techno-economic, environmental and social performance to achieve more sustainable microalgae biogas.
Microalgal biomass represents a potential green energy source for the production of biogas when processed using anaerobic digestion methods. However, neither microalgae biomass production systems nor anaerobic digesters are optimized for commercial-scale implementation.
A bio-process’s financial success is directly related to its level of process control sophistication, and therefore the future microalgae biomass production and conversion-to-biogas systems will need to be equipped with improved monitoring and control systems for high-level process optimization.