The BioEnergy macro-area of the CO₂ Circle Lab, counts on pre-treatment, purification and fermentation pilot plants, that can be used alone or in series, in function of the objectives and needs (extraction of high added value compounds, biogas and/or bioH₂ production, valorisation of an organic by-product, …). Moreover, an outdoor photobioreactor allow to perform tests on cultivation and enhancement of microalgae.
Laboratories within the infrastructure
Organic matrices pre-treatment pilot plants
Organic matrices pretreatment through Steam explosion, chemical hydrolysis and enzymatic hydrolysis. The three processes can be performed singularly or successively, in function of the objectives of the pretreatment and the kind of matrix. Main characteristics of the plants:
- Steam explosion: reactor of 22 l going up to 26 bars and 227 °C
- Chemical and enzymatic hydrolysis: reactors of 115 l