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BioENOx Project Mexico Applied Research Network in Renewable Energies for Productive Processes

The Energy Research Network – BioENOx Project Mexico” is a Mexican research network composed by PPX (Procesos Proambientales), Chapingo National University, LaSalle University and CIDETEQ (Electrochemistry Research and Development Center), as well as four German partners: BTU C-S (Technological University of Brandenburg), INBIA (Bioenergy and Waste Handling Institute), Eberswalde’s University of Development and Berlin’s Humboldt University.  All of which play a temporary adviser role, until BioENOx network achieves its economic and scientific independence. 

The headquarters of the Energy Research Network – BioENOx Project Mexico” are located at PPX Research Center. As a freewill association, its members are committed to support research in renewable energies and promote new investigative groups in similar areas. Based upon this compromise, this research network contributes to establish a transference platform for innovative projects, thus creating the opportunity for other universities and research institutes to get involved in the project, as well as propel solid research structures in the subject, in Mexico.  This effort, with the aim to encourage energetic transition of laboratory-based research, to the industrial sector. 

Goals

  • Intensify scientific and technological work in the strategic areas of generation and use of renewable resources (view the network’s structure)
  • Introduce alternative energies for the production of sustainable energies in university programs, as well as in research areas in the local research institutes.
  • Spread the sustainability concept while drawing upon organic residues as potential producers of renewable energies to be used as heat or electric energy.
  • Reduce the production of organic residues through its transformation to renewable energies in small and medium sized enterprises, as an alternative to waste management
  • Adapt current technologies to their consumers, fitting them the local country conditions and available organic residues. 

OUR ACTIONS, SO FAR

 

IMPULSE AND STRENGTHENING OF THE “BIOENOX PROJECT MEXICO” NETWORK. 

As a priority, we’ve focused on the development of a network with local and external actors. So far, we have hosted several meetings and workshops with universities, research centers and companies that we work with. Our current goal is to fortify this network so that it multiplies its benefits to the local productive processes. 

  • Anaerobic reactor (ASB-biodigestor) with a capacity of 50m³ for the production of hand blown glass. 
  • Anaerobic reactor (ASB-biodigestor) with 30 lt. capacity. Prototype 1.
  • Anaerobic reactor (ASB-biodigestor) with 1 m³ capacity. Prototype 2
  • Anaerobic reactor (biodigestor) with 270 lt. capacity. Prototype in column design. 2020 Trial.
  • Fermentation process
  • Stillage concentration unit
  • “Tapada” test (agave cooking process for mezcal)
  • Hybrid oven
  • Suitability study in a palenque (mezcal production center)
  • Mezcal distillation oven
  • Ceramics oven (for clay artisans)

WORKSHOPS

We have carried out 3 workshops: 2017, 2018, 2019, with several participants. Our main objective has been to present the applied research progress achieved by the network, as well as to communicate our latest results in the biogas feasibility study, intended to use stillage –waste from the mezcal production– to produce energy. Our aim is also to consolidate the network and listen to the needs and requirements of artisans, as well as their proposals.  

Notes from our workshops

  • All the participants introduced themselves and their projects: universities, research centers and companies involved. Each one of them mentioned its role in the network. We presented the project core lines and we explained the importance of the creation of a network, focused on renewable energies. The projects already existent and created by Xaquixe were introduced: use of burnt cooking oil for hand blown glass ovens, biogas and solar concentration. The meeting was also useful to recognize the participants points of view, as well as their concerns. 

RESEARCH IN RENEWABLE ENERGIES

So far, we have focused in the reuse of vegetal cooked oil, as well as in the production of biogas (methane) from waste, such as bovine and porcine manure, cactus, vegetal cooked oil sludge, cheese whey and lately, stillage from mezcal.

  • PH gauge for organic waste
  • Organic waste dryer, for biogas tests.  
  • Weather station for local conditions monitoring, in order to improve anaerobic digestion process 
  • Laboratory equipment for methane tests
  • Eudiometers – measuring biogas quality and quantity at laboratory level, from organic waste (VDI 4630)
  • Feeding our anaerobic reactor prototypes
  • Methane (biogas) gas gauge for prototypes

INVESTIGACIÓN EN ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES

Nos hemos enfocado en el re-uso del aceite vegetal quemado, así como en la producción de biogás (metano) a partir de desechos como las excretas de vaca, cerdo, lodos de aceite vegetal quemado, suero de queso y últimamente, vinazas.