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 – Biochemical Pilot Plant
Biomass - any
Hydrolysis, Industrial fermentation
Additional Technical Information:
This modular and flexible facility is aimed for the optimization of different conversion processes (feedstocks, process conditions, biocatalysts) and to develop and test new biochemical process configurations (SSF, CBP, etc.) and Biorefinery concepts.
It can be used for the development and optimisation of enzymatic hydrolysis and/or microbial fermentation processes as well as for microorganism (yeasts, bacteria, fungus, etc.) growth and validation.
The semi-industrial plant comprises the following stages:
Biomass feeding system,
High solid enzymatic reactors,
Solid- liquid separation,
Detoxification and liquid fraction conditioning
Fermentation train consisting of several monitorized bioreactors.
In further detail it consists of:
Two stirred enzymatic reactors (3 m3) that can be connected to
A fermentation train consisting of three monitorized bioreactors (1, 3 and 6 m3). Temperature range of 25-80 ºC.
The main products and services include:
Testing and Analysis
Product and Process Development
Tailor-made research Contracts
External staff stages and training
Address : Navarra Urbanización Área de Reparto Ar-331430 ES