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NGVA Europe kicks off second European project: Biowalk4Biofuels
úterý, 11. května 2010
Biowalk4Biofuels, with full title “Biowaste and Algae Knowledge for the Production of 2nd Generation Biofuels” is a new EU-funded project under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which aims to develop an innovative system for the treatment of biowaste and use of GHG emissions to produce biofuels, where macroalgae is used as a catalyser. Landfilling of biowaste is one of the major sources of methane emissions in Europe, but the treatment of biowaste still requires a strong support from the EU legislation. Therefore the project addresses difficulties in the direct utilisation of biowaste, cost-efficiency and pollution in its output products.
This scenario shows the necessity to innovate in the production of cleaner renewable fuels, where the utilisation of biowaste as a feedstock and algae as a biomass source can be such an alternative way.
The kick-off meeting for Biowalk4Biofuels was held 8th and 9th April, 2010, in the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (see picture). NGVA Europe, the European association for NG/biomethane vehicles, is one out of 12 beneficiaries that participate in the project, coming from 7 different countries and combining the expertise of universities, research institutes and industrial companies.
After the GasHighWay project (www.gashighway.net), which includes 13 partners from 9 countries, we are proud to take part in this new scientific EU-project where algae is used as biomass to produce biomethane as a vehicle fuel, a great and fascinating way to make European transport greener.
Similar to our main responsibilities in the GasHighWay, NGVA Europe was invited to take part in the Biowalk4Biofuels project, in order to support the dissemination of project results by using its vast NGV network, as well as to organise various international events and seminars throughout the project duration of 4 years. Together with its partners, NGVA Europe will also carry out a comparative analysis of the main European legislative tools on biomethane, in order to tackle economic and legislative barriers being identified during the project.
The Biowalk4Biofuels partners at the kick-off meeting in Rome, 9th April 2010
Brief information on the project and the partners involved can already be found on the official project website www.biowalk4biofuels.eu, which is now under construction.
European projects are scientifically based working programmes where various European partners (companies, associations, researchers, etc.) are engaged together and form an important part of our work. Such projects aim for doing research in a special field of activity, in order to develop new European initiatives on e.g. biomethane production possibilities, transport studies, blue corridors, etc.
We are glad to announce that we were able to introduce a presentation on the Biowalk4Biofuels with more detailed information on the project objectives to the expert conferences held at the upcoming NGV World Fair in Rome (8-10 June). The presentation is scheduled for 9th June and will be held during the afternoon panel “It’s Easy Being Green…”.
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