Nedgia, the distributor of natural gas of the Naturgy group has launched a pilot test in Paterna (Valencia) to study the feasibility of producing renewable gas from rice straw through anaerobic digestion technology.
The five-months project will be held at the AINIA Technological Center in Paterna, a benchmarking R & D entity in the field of anaerobic digestion and biogas production from organic waste, and will be supported by the engineering company Genia Bioenergy, specialized in biomethanization plants.
Circular economy: energy and material waste
According to the information provided by Nedgia, by means of the anaerobic digestion technology the company aims to obtain a biogas, which would later be purified and enriched so as to achieve a quality suitable for its injection into the gas distributor network. Simultaneously a fertilizer product for its further application in agriculture would also be produced. It is, therefore, a solution focused on a circular economy model, in which energy waste (renewable gas) and materials (fertilizers) are reused, reducing local pollution and greenhouse gases.
This test seeks a solution to the problem of the rice crop waste management and its replication in other areas
This experimental test seeks to solve the environmental problem that exists in the Valencian Community with the management of rice crop waste, with the aim of its applicability in other rice producing areas such as Andalusia or the Ebro Delta.
In the case that the feasibility project was positive, the project would have an important economic and social impact in the Valencian region and would help to conserve the flora and fauna of the Albufera Natural Park, a protected area of natural interest.
Renewable gas for decarbonization
With this new project, Nedgia advances in its commitment to renewable gas as a solution to contribute to the decarbonization of the economy. The company collaborates in the development of demonstration and innovation projects focused in production and cost reduction processes, and participates in the main working groups of interest with other companies in the sector and with public administrations to share experiences and align the visions of the different agents in terms of renewable gas developments.
Renewable gas is a green energy with a zero balance of CO2 emissions that can be distributed through the gas infrastructure
The renewable gas is a green energy with a zero balance of CO2 emissions that is completely interchangeable by natural gas, so it can be distributed through the more than 87,000 kilometers of existing gas infrastructure and used with the same energy applications in homes, industries, businesses and also for transportation mobility.
The development of renewable gas will contribute to the fulfillment of some of the energy and climate targets of the European Union, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of renewable energies. It is also the largest energy driver in the circular economy: it provides a solution to the problem of organic waste management by harnessing the resources (production of renewable energy and bioproducts, mainly biofertilizers) and boosts the development of rural areas through jobs creation and the revitalization of their economic activity.