Test Vehicle Presented for All-gas biogas project in Chiclana

Posted: Wednesday 10th August 2016

The presentation of a Volkswagen test vehicle for Aqualia's All-gas biogas project was made in front of delegates from the World Water Congress (IWA LET) held in Jerez.

The first Volkswagen vehicle that will be powered by biogas has been presented to the All-gas project at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) of El Torno Chiclana. The unveiling of the car coincided with a visit to the facilities from delegates of the World Water Congress (IWA LET). The primary aim of the All-gas project is to obtain a clean fuel and other high value-added products from microalgae grown with treated wastewater.

Chiclana city councilor, responsible for the environment, Joaquin Paez, and the director of the delegation for Aqualia, Francisco Jimenez, welcomed delegates to the plant, and introduced them to the All-gas project.

Joaquin Paez said, he was "tremendously proud that Chiclana is now a world leader in the research and development of fuels derived from microalgae cultivation. In fact, because of this essential role, we have researchers from around the world visiting the project, such as those involved in the World Water Congress". Paez added that "these types of fuels are emerging as one of the most viable alternatives to fossil fuels, and the All-gas project is well placed to prove that obtaining commercial scale clean and environmentally friendly fuels is possible" .

Francisco Jimenez, said that "the All-gas project has progressed along the lines that the research team expected. So much so that expansion works are underway which will allow the project to move from an experimental phase to demonstrating commercial viability. This will give us a true measure of the possibilities of All-gas ".

The All-gas team hosted researchers on a tour of the facility, explaining the different processes involved in the cultivation of the algae and obtaining the biogas to be tested in the new vehicle. The Volkswagen Up! vehicle which can run on compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as biogas was also tested by the All-gas team.

Frank Rogalla, Director of Technology & Innovation, Aqualia, said "For the first time in the history of humanity a car will be fueled with a full batch of algae biogas. This is the culmination of five years of hard work and a very proud moment for Aqualia. The way this algae is cultivated is twice as productive per hectare as other biofuels. This means it is a fuel with a positive energy balance, and therefore significant commercial viability."

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