GICO – Newsletter n°1

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The GICO project is funded by the European Commission under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. GICO aims to develop renewable energy technologies that will form the backbone of the EU energy system by 2030 and 2050. GICO seeks to develop an advanced (in terms of applicability, reliability, efficiency, cost and impacts), smart and flexible (encompassing almost all biomass residues and highly discontinuous electricity) approach to convert bioenergy and RES electricity excess into biofuel and on-demand power production, so producing fuel for the transport sector meanwhile balancing the grid stability. To achieve such goals, a solution based on the integration of advanced SEG, CCSU and P2G technologies is proposed.

Under the spotlight

The deliverable D2.1 Selection of feedstocks and their characterization has been achieved. The deliverable relates to the selection of biomass wastes with the best prospects as feedstocks for sorption enhanced gasification (SEG) and subsequent CO2 conversion and oxygen separation (e.g. sorbents, catalyst and membrane). In particular a preliminary assessment of biomass wastes, based on the data concerning availability, physicochemical features (i.e. ultimate and proximate analysis, inorganic elements and ash thermal behaviour), calculation via FactSage software, as well as evaluation on favourable aspects, versus adverse one, was carried out. According to the integrated assessment, 20 feedstocks have been therefore identified: of these, 10 are residual biomass to be used without pretreatments and 10 are residual feedstocks that need to be pre-treated (via HTC).

Next steps

In the next months activities relating the development of first generation BSCF/CGO dual phase ceramic membranes will be carried out. In particular different types separation membranes will be manufactured in order to be integrated into plasma reactors for oxygen separation from CO2.