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Biofuels and biomass lab

Biofuels: rape field 
The Biofuels and Biomass Laboratory provides technical assistance and applied research services for the development of power generation from biomass and the use of biofuels. It performs experimental activities using pilot plants and it has a testing and measurement lab for the chemical-physical and energy characterisation of biomass. It works in the sectors of anaerobic digestion, combustion, pyrolysis, gasification, biofuels and microalgae production.

The laboratory's current technical facilities include:
- a pilot anaerobic digestion plant with horizontal tubular reactor having a useful volume of 1 m3 able to operate in psychrophilic, mesophilic and thermophilic conditions
- a catalytic fast pyrolysis plant with maximum feed capacity of 100 kg/h
- annular photobioreactors and flat panel photobioreactors for the production of microalgae.

In recent years, the Laboratory has performed tests for the anaerobic digestion of waste biomass from the fruit and vegetable market of Sardinia and from food processing company Terrantica srl, with subsequent assessment of the energy efficiency and energy savings afforded by biogas production.

Furthermore, the Laboratory, in cooperation with the Province of Ogliastra and Cagliari University - Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Material Engineering, has implemented a study on the survey, measurement and characterisation of forest biomass in the Ogliastra district, developing methodological tools for planning sustainable use of forest biomass. Lastly, it has provided forest and agrifood biomass characterisation services to private-sector organisations intending to pursue technology innovation projects.

Biofuels and biomass lab
Indirizzo emaillab.biomasse@sardegnaricerche.it
Operating centre
VI Strada Ovest Z.I. Macchiareddu
09010 Uta (CA) - Italy
Sardegna Ricerche, Technology Park of Sardinia
Edificio 2, Località Piscinamanna
09010 Pula (CA) - Italy
Phone +39 070 9243.2713