EQTEC to upgrade Spanish waste to energy facility for biofuel production

Waste gasification to energy company EQTEC has been awarded a contract for the upgrade of the existing syngas research and development facility at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain.

The university was recently successful in a funding application to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the testing of the production of biofuels from syngas using a Fischer-Tropsch process and unit.

Installation of the unit will enable the production of sustainable biofuels from the high-quality syngas produced from EQTEC’s advanced gasification process, which has been used at the facility in Spain since 2010.

Under the contract, EQTEC will be responsible for purchasing, installing, commissioning and start-up of the Fischer-Tropsch unit, for which it has secured financing from CAIXA Bank in Spain. Installation of the unit is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

The Fischer-Tropsch process is a catalytic chemical reaction in which compounds in syngas are converted into liquid transportation fuels. Following completion of this upgrade, EQTEC will be able to conduct tests using varied biomass and waste feedstocks, which will be processed into a clean syngas and then into sustainable biofuels, including biodiesel.

"Our continuous work with universities and technology research centres is a testament of our ambition to remain a technology thought leader in our sector and our desire to continue to develop our technology for wider applications,” commented Dr. Yoel Aleman, CTO of EQTEC. “Having access to the testing facility, where we could use the pure syngas produced from our advanced gasification technology to produce biofuels, should assist in validating to all future stakeholders the quality of our process and the versatility of application of our technology."

"We have been working with Yoel Aleman and the engineering team at EQTEC for a number of years now,” added Dr. Juan Félix González González, professor in industrial engineering of the University of Extremadura. “We believe that their depth of knowledge and technical capabilities are second to none and that they have developed a technology that it is unrivalled in its versatility and reliability. We continue to endorse them to any player in the sector looking for a knowledgeable team, with technical expertise that can be applied to the most complex projects."

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