The National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER) develops applied research in renewable energies, and provides technological support to companies and energy institutions in six areas: wind, solar thermal and photovoltaic solar energy, biomass, smart and efficient buildings and districts, and grid integration of energy. CENER is a technology centre with worldwide recognised prestige, activity and experience.
CENER’s headquarters is located close to Pamplona (Navarre-Spain). The centre has also cutting edge techonolgical infrastructures and offices at other locations.
CENER´s expertise is focused on three main areas:
Development of R+D+i projects for industrial application.
Highly skilled testing services and certification for components.
Technical assistance and feasibility studies for renewable energy technologies.
CENER’s activity covers the entire renewable energy generation process:
Renewable Resource Assesment.
Development of Simulation and Design Tools.
Development of Renewable Energy Generation Technology.
Definition and Performance of Tests on complete systems and components.
Technological Risk Assessment.
Development and Application of Regulatory Laws.
CENER Biomass Department / BIO2C
CENER Biomass Department performs applied research activities in the field of biomass providing R&D services and technical assitanceto all agents of the sector. The main infrastructures in thisdepartment include the Biomass Laboratory (biomass & biofuels characterization and process development at lab scale), as well as the Biorefinery and Bioenergy Centre (BIO2C).
The Biorefinery and Bioenergy Centre (BIO2C) is a semi-industrial pilot scale test facility able to develop production processes for bioproducts, solid biofuels, advanced liquid or gaseous biofuels, as well as biorefinery concepts integrating different valorization routes, as an intermediate step between laboratory and the industrial scale-up of these technologies. BIO2C constitutes an integrated trial and demonstration platform designed to develop processes, equipment and specific, components, new bio-products or biofuels and bio-refinery concepts.
For more information about the centre and Its activities, please visit: www.cener.com/en
Type of Collaboration:Fee paying basisFunded collaborative projectJoint venturesNegotiable
What "non-technical" services relevant to scale-up does your organisation offer?:Life Cycle AssessmentProcess ModellingTechnoeconomic Assessment
BIO2C - Prototype pilot plant for biochemical conversion
Biomass - any
Chemical or enzymatic pre-treatment, Hydrolysis, Industrial fermentation
Additional Technical Information:
This installation is a pilot plant that can reproduce all biochemical conversion steps – from pretreatment to microbial fermentation – of the selected biogenic feedstocks.
It allows the use of different feedstocks, process conditions (temperature, pressure) and catalysts (acids, alkalis) and the development and testing of new process configuration and biorefinery concepts.
High flexibility in feedstocks: lignocellulosic feedstocks such herbaceous and woody, considering as well the OFMSW
Particle size: from 4 up to 12 mm
Feed flow: up to 5 kg/h (dry matter)
Temperature: up to 200ºC
Pressure: from 2 bars up to 14,5 bars
Catalyst: acid, alkalis
Residence time: 5 - 15 min
Direct steam injection in the reactor
Processes developed: Liquid hot water // Diluted acid hydrolysis // Hydrothermal
200 L high solids enzymatic hydrolysis reactor:
Temperature: 20-80 ºC
Atmospheric pressure with adjustable agitation speed and pH
With sampling ports