— says Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed, a researcher at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University and the project manager on InjectMe.
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The InjectMe technology is based on methane production using Landia’s injector technology, which makes it possible to utilise both the infrastructure and reactor biology already present on existing biogas plants.
The partners hope that this will reduce the costs of the Power-to-X technology.
"Costs are a big hurdle in Power-to-X. If it’s expensive, it’s too hard to finance. Therefore, we’ve tried to develop an injector that utilises the reactor tank and the microorganisms already present, to hereby make the whole technology more cost-effective," says Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed.
The technology has been developed and tested at AU's research laboratory in Foulum, and now it is to be tested at pilot scale over a longer period of time.
"We’ll run the process continuously over a year in order to optimise it as much as possible on all parameters, and so we can analyse the technical and commercial potential of linking the InjectMe system to various existing Power-to-X technologies, for example chemical and biological methanation," says Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed, and he continues:
"Biomethane can directly replace fossil natural gas in the gas grid and can also be used to produce green fuels for the transport sector. We're looking forward to getting started with our experiments."