BiogasPlus 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