SIMIL Program participants visit Granollers biogas and biomethane plant

The visit was an opportunity to visit a successful case of one of the most innovative solutions for the valorization of the organic fraction of waste.

This week took place in Granollers the final event of the SIMIL Program, an initiative of the BETA Technology Center of the UVic-UCC aimed at local administrations, whose main objective is to facilitate their access to scientific knowledge. From several sessions of debate and knowledge exchange, the SIMIL Program has accompanied about twenty representatives of local governments to identify the latest trends in organic waste management, facilitate the collaboration of technicians and local politicians with the scientific world and, together, promote the development of new solutions.

The closing day of the SIMIL project consisted mainly of a visit to the biogas and biomethane plant of the Vallès Oriental Waste Consortium, created thanks to the public project BioVo. This plant allows to obtain biomethane from the biogas surpluses produced in the anaerobic digestion and composting plant of the Waste Consortium and in the Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Besòs Tordera Consortium.

The visit was an opportunity to visit a success story of one of the most innovative solutions for the recovery of the organic fraction of waste, which they themselves had highlighted as one of the most interesting systems for improving waste management in their own municipalities.

The participants were able to learn first-hand about the operation of the plant and the steps that have made it possible to finance and build it. Subsequently, the Consortium technicians detailed the steps followed to optimize the process of anaerobic digestion of the organic fraction of the waste, the options for managing the digestate generated by the plant, and the enrichment system that allows obtaining quality biomethane that can be injected into the grid. After the presentation, the participants were given a guided tour of the plant. The day ended with a brief closing ceremony at the La Tela Natural Science Museum in Granollers.

The SIMIL program has received funding from the European Union through the “Science Meets Regions” program of the Joint Research Centre, and has been supported by Anthesis Lavola.