Saturday, March 24, 2012

630 million pesos for bioenergy projects

 by Cristian Fuentes

In order to promote the search for solutions so bioenergy can be strongly incorporated in the national energy matrix and obtain scientific-technological knowledge and innovative solutions to contribute to national energy development; Conicyt through Fondef, together with the National Energy Commission, created the Bioenergy Program, which will present its first projects awarded on June 13th at the Universidad de Concepción.

This initiative will provide financial support with over 630 million pesos to four research and development initiatives (R&D) of the Universidad Austral, Universidad de Concepción and Universidad Mayor, whose results are focused on obtaining new products, processes and services, or substantially improving the existing ones, in order to resolve critical issues in the value chain of liquid, solid and gaseous fuels.


The launching ceremony of the four projects will be held on Monday, June 13th, from 10:30 in the auditorium of the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the Universidad de Concepción. The event will be attended by Gonzalo Herrera, executive director of Fondef, as well as managers and researchers from the awarded initiatives, in addition to political and academic authorities and representatives from companies and the academic community. 

Awarded Projects

The Universidad Austral de Chile will develop a project that seeks to use mixed plantations in order to achieve that the simultaneous production of pulpwood and biomass for bioenergy products can be carried out in the same area. 

One of the projects awarded to the Universidad de Concepción aims to develop tools that improve the use of wood pellets, using the forest harvest and management waste. The initiative promises to develop the scientific, technological, logistical and market bases to implement the productive units of roasted pellets of higher energy density than current pellets.

The other project awarded to the Universidad of Concepción aims to develop a new alternative for the production of lignocellulosic biomass to be used in power cogeneration and production of biofuels through the introduction and evaluation of Miscanthus and Paulownia species.

Finally, the Universidad Mayor will explore the potentialities of Opuntia, commonly known as prickly pear, in the generation of biogas from biomass. To date, there have been researches that suggest the use of prickly pear as a source of biomass for energy purposes, but there are still no industrial applications for energy purposes in the most important countries that produce this plant.

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