Actions

Project objectives are to be achieved through a first phase in which an analysis of the administrative and technical requirements necessary for the installation of both prototypes will be performed in both selected areas. In parallel, a series of experimental tests involving the design, construction and start-up of the prototypes for the valorization of the rice straw will be carried out. These tests will be performed taking into account both a study of the influence of agricultural practices in rice cultivation and a technical, economic and environmental assessment of the scenarios identified with a Life Cycle Analysis approach. Additionally, a monitoring of the environmental and socio-economic impact of project actions during the different growing seasons covered by the project is being carried out. All these actions foresee the communication and dissemination of the use of these technologies and of the results of the project at regional, national and international level.

Operational relationships among partners

 

 

 

  1. PREPARATORY ACTIONS:

 

A1. Administrative licenses and permissions to install the prototypes

Dates: 02/06/2014 – 30/09/2014

Partner responsible: LUDAN

Main objective: acquisition of necessary permits to install the prototypes with particular attention to environmental aspects such as waste generation, air emissions, etc.

Specific actions:

  • A1.1: List of specific normative and requirements for the construction of the anaerobic digestion prototype.
  • A1.2: Preparation of administrative documentation to acquire legal permits needed for the construction of the anaerobic digestion prototype.
  • A1.3: Preparation of administrative documentation to acquire legal permits needed for the installation of the combustion prototype.

 

A2. Contact with the interested parts to facilitate the installation of prototypes

Dates: 02/06/2014 – 30/09/2014

Partner responsible: AINIA

Main objective: contact with the interested parts to facilitate the installation of the prototypes and to ensure their most adequate design and the experimental plan.

Specific actions:

  • A2.1: Finding the adequate site for the construction of the anaerobic digestion prototype.
  • A2.2: Collecting information about the rice cultivation in L’Albufera.
  • A2.3: Design of the anaerobic digestion model applied to the rice straw.
  • A2.4: Design of the combustion model applied to the rice straw.

 

  1. IMPLEMENTATION ACTIONS:

 

B.1. Study of the rice straw harvest methods and logistic aspects related to transport of rice straw from the field to the different valorisation units

Dates: 02/06/2014 – 31/12/2016

Partner responsible: CITAGRO

Main objective: study of rice cultivation methods and the logistical aspects of the collection and transport of the rice straw to the waste recovery plants.

Specific actions:

  • B1.1: Selection of study plots.
  • B1.2: Implementation of field tests (2015 Season).
  • B1.3: Implementation of field tests (2016 Season).

 

B.2. Design of the anaerobic digestion prototype

Dates: 01/07/2014 – 31/01/2015

Partner responsible: LUDAN

Main objective: design of an anaerobic digestion prototype (L’Albufera) for the production of biogas, bio-fuel and bio-fertilizer from the rice straw.

Specific Actions:

  • B2.1: Project execution plan.
  • B2.2: Process description and flow process diagram.
  • B2.3: Basic design.
  • B2.4: Detail design.
  • B2.5: Equipment list and layout.
  • B2.6: Definition of routine and ranges of operation of the control variables.
  • B2.7: Selection of suppliers of the different component and units.
  • B2.8: Elaboration of the construction planning.

 

B.3. Anaerobic digestion: construction of the prototype

Dates: 01/01/2015 – 30/06/2015

Partner responsible: LUDAN

Main objective: construction of the anaerobic digestion prototype (L’Albufera) for the production of bio-fuel and bio-fertilizer from the rice straw.

Specific Actions:

  • B3.1: Ordering of the different components of the pilot plant.
  • B3.2: Conditioning area.
  • B3.3: Anaerobic digester construction.
  • B3.4: Pre-treatment system and post-treatment system.
  • B3.5: Biogas system unit.
  • B3.6: Monitoring system unit.
  • B3.7: Security elements.
  • B3.8: Individual elements performance tests.
  • B3.9: Mechanical and electric assembly.

 

B.4. Anaerobic digestion: start-up of the prototype

Dates: 01/07/2015 – 30/09/2015

Partner responsible: AINIA

Main objective: starting-up the prototype including the definition of operation and emergency protocols, the elaboration of operation and maintenance guidelines, etc.

Specific Actions:

  • B4.1: Elaboration of operational guidelines.
  • B4.2: Elaboration of maintenance guidelines.
  • B4.3: Elaboration of emergency and risk protocols.
  • B4.4: Pre-treatment system and post-treatment system.
  • B4.5: Inoculation of the digesters and biological start-up operations.

 

B.5. Anaerobic digestion: operation of the prototype

Dates: 01/10/2015 – 31/12/2016

Partner responsible: AINIA

Main objective: experimental tests with the prototype to demonstrate the use of this technology to produce biogas and stable digestate, including chemical analysis for the design and analysis of its operation during the different experimental tests.

Specific actions:

  • B5.1: Experimental plan: design of experiments.
  • B5.2: Influence of the main process variables.
  • B5.3: Steady performance monitoring.
  • B5.4: Technical and solution problems protocol and reengineering.
  • B5.5: Mass and energy balances: yield and efficiency.

 

B.6. Design of the combustion prototype

Dates: 01/07/2014 – 31/12/2014

Partner responsible: CTAER

Main objective: design of the combustion prototype with a completely innovative structural configuration (e.g., a combustion chamber that will vary from 15kW to 70 kW of power, different control probes distributed throughout the combustion chamber in order to monitor the combustion process of rice straw, etc.).

Specific actions:

  • B6.1: Project execution plan.
  • B6.2: Basic design.
  • B6.3: Detail design.
  • B6.4: Equipment list and layout.
  • B6.5: Definition of routine and ranges of operation of the control variables.
  • B6.6: Selection of suppliers of the different component and units.
  • B6.7: Elaboration of the construction planning.

 

B.7. Combustion: building up

Dates: 01/01/2015 – 30/06/2015

Partner responsible: CTAER

Main objective: building up of the construction prototype.

Specific actions:

  • B7.1: Ordering of the different components of the pilot plant.
  • B7.2: Conditioning area.
  • B7.3: Biomass boiler construction.
  • B7.4: Biomass boiler system unit.
  • B7.5: Monitoring heating appliance unit.
  • B7.6: Security elements.
  • B7.7: Individual elements performance tests.
  • B7.8: Mechanical and electric assembly.

 

B.8. Starting up of the combustion prototype

Dates: 01/04/2015 – 31/12/2015

Partner responsible: CTAER

Main objective: starting up of the combustion prototype including the definition of operation and emergency protocols, the elaboration of operation and maintenance guidelines, etc.

Specific actions:

  • B8.1: Elaboration of operational and maintenance guidelines.
  • B8.2: Elaboration of emergency and risk protocols.
  • B8.3: Elaboration of a start-up protocol.

 

B.9. Operation of the prototype and assessment of rice straw combustion

Dates: 01/10/2015 – 31/12/2016

Partner responsible: CTAER

Main objective: operation of the prototype at nominal and partial heat output (nominal and reduced power) taking into account minimum requirements of the heater and the type of biomass.

Specific actions:

  • B9.1: Nominal heat output test period.
  • B9.2: Partial heat output test period.
  • B9.3: Heating appliances laboratory.
  • B9.4: Process parameter.

 

B.10: Sustainability (technical, economic, environmental and social) assessment

Dates: 01/01/2015 – 31/03/2017

Partner responsible: IAT

Main objective: analysis of the technical, economic and environmental aspects of the different scenarios identified in order to achieve the better solutions and define the most optimal and profitable operational conditions.

Specific actions:

  • B10.1: Technical and economic assessment.
  • B10.2: Environmental analysis.

 

  1. MONITORING ACTIONS

 

C.1. Monitoring of the environmental impact of the project actions

Dates: 02/06/2014 – 31/05/2017

Partner responsible: IAT

Main objective: measurement of the environmental benefit derived from the application of the two innovative processes (i.e., combustion and anaerobic digestion) for rice straw valorization through a panel of environmental indicators to analyze the environmental benefit of the possible application of each of the technologies for the valorization of the vegetable waste.

Specific actions:

  • C.1: Monitoring of the environmental impact of the project actions

 

C.2. Monitoring of the socio-economic impact of the project actions

Dates: 02/06/2014 – 31/05/2017

Partner responsible: IAT

Main objective: assessment of the socio-economic impact of the project actions on the local economy and population through the identification of specific indicators and/or positive effects of the project itself.

Specific actions:

  • C.2: Monitoring of the socio-economic impact of the project actions.

D. OMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION ACTIONS

D. Communication and dissemination actions

Dates: 02/06/2014 – 31/05/2017

Partner responsible: IAT

Main objective: communication and dissemination of Project results at regional, national and international level.

 

E. PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING ACTIONS

E. Project management and monitoring of the project progress

Dates: 02/06/2014 – 31/05/2017

Partner responsible: IAT

Main objective: coordination of the activities among partners and management and monitoring of the Project progress.

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