- To exploit OFMSW as feedstock to develop intermediate chemical products at high yield and low impurity level with huge industrial interest, such as lactic acid, succinic acid and biosurfactants. In particular, CENER is leading the research line of biosurfactants production by valorising the fermentation by-product remaining after bioethanol, succinic acid and lactic acid production. The hydrolysis and extraction of both protein and lipid fractions contained in the fermentation by-product and their use for the synthesis of the biosurfactant, which it is validated by the industry, are the main pillars of the research. (H2020 – BBI “PERCAL” Project).
- To close the gap between technological feasibility and industrial applications of urban biowaste valorisation by enhancing strategic cooperation between sectors. In the framework of this initiative promoting the valorisation of different biowaste fractions such as OFMSW, sewage sludge or HORECA wastes, CENER leads the pathway related to OFMSW valorization; executing the enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation in its BIO2C demonstration plant (Biorefinery and Bioenergy Centre) (TRL7), for a later production of biopesticides and biobased polyesters. (H2020 SCALIBUR Project)
- To prove the hydrothermal liquefaction technology pathway as a viable, sustainable and efficient route for production of liquid drop in fuels for road transport using such low value aggregated urban wastes as feedstock. CENER leads the research line related to the challenge of handling feedstocks with high organic nitrogen content. To overcome this barrier, firstly a pretreatment of feedstock using a mild & low temperature enzymatic hydrolysis with enzymes is executed. Secondly an extraction & purification processes are undergone for protein-derived amino acid and peptides valorization. (H2020 NextGenRoadFuels Project).
The National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER) develops applied research in renewable energies, and provides technological support to companies and energy institutions in six areas: wind, solar thermal and photovoltaic solar energy, biomass, smart and efficient buildings and districts, and grid integration of energy. CENER is a technology centre with worldwide recognised prestige, activity and experience.