What it is? BioGAS+ is the first ready to use additive based on safe and sustainable engineered iron based nanoparticles (NPs) directed to the optimization of anaerobic digestion processes which increases the production of Biogas and concentration of CH4. Applied Nanoparticles offers the trace element supplement BioGAS+, a patented and registered nanotechnology-based innovation that obtains the highest ever-reported improvement of biogas production
How it works? BioGAS+ contributes directly to the metabolism of microbes, with the doses of bioavailable iron that they need at each moment, for any microbe and for any feedstock. The mix (Fe2+/3+) iron oxide in its mineral form is rather inert in the working conditions but can provide bioavailable Fe2+ as a response to the electro-bio-mineral redox reactions and the expression of siderophore precursor genes. This is a paradigm shift in the prevalent solutions for Biogas Production optimization.
With BioGAS+, Applied Nanoparticles is inaugurating the era of nano-micro-bio-technology. Innocuous iron oxide nanocrystals dissolve at the demand of methanogenic archaea in order to boost their metabolic activity increasing thus biomethane production and: the increased biomethane production is concomitant with a stabilization of the process and a reduction of the digestate volume and reactivity; the fnal digestate is enriched in iron ions being a better fertilizer. Increased anaerobic digestion translates into an increased sanitation and process acceleration. Reducing foam due to its particulate nature, keeping a healthy the bacterial consortium, promotes degradation of recalcitrant matter and rescue of sick digestors. Iron also precitpitates SH and P and atenuates pH increase.
2008. Grant Spanish Environmental Ministry. Nanoclean Up. The use and the effects of nanoparticles (NPs) in waste water treatments.
2010. Discovery of Magnetite NPs on Anaerobic Digestion.
2011-2013. Grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Increase of biogas production using low-cost nanoparticles
2011. Patent deposited in the EU and US This method is being protected in Europe by patent application 12707361.7.1352 Ref. P1923EP01/EP2683662 and in the USA by patent application nr. 14/004.646 and publication nr.2014/0017753. Priority Data: 11/03/2011
2012-2013 Fundación Repsol Award Cathegory IDEA
2013 Secretaria General Iberoamericana, 2nd Innovation Prize
2013 Patent made public 20/09/2013
2014 Scientifc Publication of the phenomena: Programmed Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Disintegration in Anaerobic Digesters Boosts Biogas Production
2014-2016 Fundación Repsol Award Category INNOVATION
2014-2016 2015 MINECO bussines plan AWARD
2016 Industrial Production of BiogasPLUS reached and subcontracted
2017 First satisfactory results in continuous treatments in Pilot Plants.
2017 February COMPASS AWARD for Responsible Research and Innovation
2017 May Applied Nanoparticles SL shortlisted for the 2017 AD & Biogas Industry Awards in the Research Project category Awards announced on july 5, 2017 in the #1 global tradeshow for biogas: Applied Nanoparticles Receives the Highly Commended Award for Research Project
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December 6, 2015. El biogás del futuro se alimenta de hierro por Joaquim Elcacho, La Vanguardia
July 3, 2015. Using iron nanoparticles in anaerobic digestion by Prof. Dr. Víctor F. Puntes (ICREA Research), Smart City Business Institute
June 15, 2015. Using iron nanoparticles in anaerobic digestion by Prof. Dr. Víctor F. Puntes (ICREA Research), Smart Quimic
February 2, 2015. 'Innovació': Nanopartícules de ferro alimenten bacteris per fer biogàs. Informatius Catalunya Ràdio
January 12, 2015. Biogás Plus triples its energy production from waste by Carlos Corominas, MIT Technology Review
November 17, 2014. Cómo tus heces se convierten en dinero tecnologianano.com
November 11, 2014. Biogàs i nanopartícules per Jordi Aguilera, TV3
November 10, 2014. Nanopartículas en la basura por Antonio Madridejos, El Periódico
October 21, 2014. Nanoparticle technology triples the production of biogas. UAB Newsroom
June 10, 2014. Viaje al universo nano con Víctor Puntés por Guillermo Orts-Gil, El Huffington Post
March 7, 2014. Transformando basura en energía por Victor Puntes, Applied Nanoparticles. PechaKucha Night Barcelona Vol. 18
January 14, 2014. Biogás Plus triplica la producción de energía a partir de residuos por Carlos Corominas, MIT Technology Review