Researchers at the Córdoba University develop technology to know the quality of biomass in situ | Cluster de Biocombustibles Sólidos

The Biomasstep project seeks to develop a technology that allows analyzing the parameters necessary to know the quality of the biomass at the time. To this end, the BIOSAHE (Biofuels and Energy Saving Systems) research group of the University of Córdoba, led by Professor Pilar Dorado and project coordinator, has launched a model based on NIRS technology (Near Infrared Spectroscopy) which allows to know all these parameters in situ.

This model, after being trained with a multitude of samples from the study areas, allows a farmer who has a biomass production and wants to sell it or a company that wants to buy biomass can know the suitability of the same before making the transaction through The introduction of your sample.

One of the main objectives of Biomasstep is the transfer of the knowledge generated in the University to the industry industry and to the farmers themselves, thus democratizing the technology and innovation carried out by the research groups.

The second of the pillars on which the project is based is environmental and socioeconomic sustainability. Taking into account that NIRS technology consumes very little electricity and does not pollute and that its facilitating characteristics of the process allow the growth of the renewable energy sector obtained from biomass to be stimulated, the positive impact on the environment by this project is high. In addition, the use of biomass to produce energy fights one of the most important social concerns of today: climate change.

The socio-economic impact that results from this is the creation of new market niches. With this stimulus, added value is given to the countryside and the agricultural sector so that, by stimulating the use of all products derived from this activity, jobs are created in areas such as Andalusia – Alentejo – Algarve, in that traditionally there have been structural unemployment problems.

Biomasstep presents, in this way, a global approach in which the conversion of an agricultural waste that initially has no value in energy is facilitated through the use of the developed model. With the use of tools such as these, autonomy is offered to the sector while promoting an increase in the use of this type of energy, which in the studied area has many possibilities due to the amount of biomass available. Innovation and its transfer thus moves towards a more sustainable future and open to the entire agricultural community.

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