MILAN, July 16 (Class Editori) - Agatos, energy company listed on AIM, has obtained the patent grant also from China for the process technology needed to produce the biomethane called BIOSIP, with expiration date in 2036.
This grant has been obtained after a qualification process of more than 4 years based on the international agreement "Patent Cooperation Treaty" (PCT). Agatos had obtained the first grant for the same patent in Italy in 2017, and then in the USA and Europe (France, Germany, Great Britain, Romania, Spain and Switzerland) on the basis of the European Patent Practice (EPP).
"The achievement of the patent also in China confirms the importance of the innovation of the BIOSIP process at a global level and Agatos capability to contribute in a concrete way to the development of circular economy through owned technologies", Ingmar Wilhelm has explained, who is president of the company and shareholder with a share of 5 percent. "This result will allow Agatos to promote the BIOSIP process in China as well, both in terms of developer and EPC contractor, on the basis of license agreements. The achievement of this last patent grant further increases the potential of BIOSIP supply chain, that represents a growing source of revenues in the Agatos business plans, which are going to be updated", as Wilhelm has concluded; he chairs the company with Leonardo Rinaldi, the CEO and relative majority shareholder (27 percent).
The industrial project powered with OFMSW (organic fraction of the municipal solid waste) is based on the BIOSIP technology and it will be carried out by Agatos in Marcallo, Milan. In the same way, also the BIOSIP Agri projects addressed to the treatment and enhancement of livestock manure exploit the BIOSIP technology. And BIOSIP potential is extremely interesting in the agriculture sector.
Last May, Agatos announced to have established a joint venture (85 percent Agatos) with an important agricultural entrepreneur from Monferrato, in order to build a plant for biomethane production based on the innovative BIOSIP process.
The innovative characteristics of this initiative are the following: the reconversion of a system for biogas production – even though by keeping the main structures - which today powers a 1MW co-generator for the electricity production and the fact that its capacity will be increased by integrating the BIOSIP technology patented by Agatos.
The result will be represented by a production system of Liquefied Biomethane able to produce almost 4 million of standard cubic meters per year. Through anaerobic digestion with pasteurisation of the entry matrices and the treatment plant for digestate which removes more than 70 percent of ammoniacal nitrogen, the system will produce Liquefied Biomethane, so that it could be used in the automotive transport, and also liquid CO2, full of minerals, and prilled ammonium nitrate, both used as fertilizers in agriculture.
In addition, a significant quantity of osmosis water, which may be used for irrigation, and a residual digestate of low ammoniacal nitrogen content will be obtained from the process, everything in full respect of circular economy and environmental safeguard principles.
The agricultural entrepreneur will offer the construction area to the company, the functional biogas plant and the major part of the biomass needed to power the plant. This biomass includes poultry manure, livestock manure from the territory livestock and some subproducts coming from cultivation of the farm itself.
"Today, it is another very important day for the BIOSIP technology development to support a modern and sustainable agriculture; in the agricultural sector, it represents a great opportunity to increase its energy independency by mixing an innovative agriculture with the circular economy possibilities, in order to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability" as Valter della Valle- Technical Manager of Agatos- had explained.
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