EnergyLab offices and laboratories are located at the CITEXVI (Vigo Technological City), Building These facilities are completely destined to offer advanced technological services to develop business R+D+I, promoting its location, the generation of synergies linked to cooperation among technology centres, university research groups, technology-based companies as well as industrial and business network in order to improve business competitiveness and technological excellence.
EnergyLab laboratories include high-tech equipment and offer their services to develop R+D+I projects related to the recovery of organic and biomass waste together with new biofuels testing for transport.
EnergyLab has specialised equipment which allows the centre to research on the alternative mobility area. As far as alternative fuels are concerned, there is a test bench to characterise the performance of gas fuels. It includes a dualised diesel cycle motor and an Otto cycle engine with biofuel system. Both of them are completely sensorised and include emissions measuring systems. In addition, there is also a gas mixer which allows to synthesise mixtures composed by up to 5 gases.
In terms of electric mobility, the centre owns equipment to characterise the performance of batteries, charge and discharge, deep discharge and determination of capacity.
The engine test bench for new fuels is equipped with a regenerative braking system and two combustion engines (diesel and petrol), stacks of batteries with different capacities, gas mixer, GNC storage tank and cryogenic storage tank.
Our centre owns the scientific and technological equipment to characterise both the products and waste from anaerobic digestion (biogas and digestates) and the biogas cleaning and purification process. Furthermore, it has got a space to study new biogas cleaning and purification in-lab methods which are economically attractive. Among them, it must be underlined:
This laboratory accomplishes analysis like the chemical demand for oxygen (COD), pH and conductivity, total nitrogen and ammonium (NH4+), humidity, total solids (TS), volatile solids (VS), total suspended solids (TSS), volatile suspended solids (VSS), alkalinity, fat, short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), Anions (nitrite, nitrate, sulphate, phosphate) and determination of the biogas composition by gas chromatography.
It is also possible to accomplish experiments in batch and semi-continuous reactors in which it is possible to determine the maximum potential of biogas and the presence of inhibitor compounds in waste.
EnergyLab has a laboratory of characterisation and valuation of biomass through agroforestry and residual sources, that contains specific equipment for the characterisation of biomass, more specifically for the performance of an immediate analysis (determination of humidity, ash content, volatile matter and fixed carbon) and determination of calorific value by an isoperibol bomb calorimeter.
In addition, the laboratory has an innovative system for the energy recovery of the biomass thanks to a microcogeneration bank, based on a biomass boiler for domestic environment which will feed a low-power Organic Cycle of Rankine (ORC), allowing the simultaneous small scale generation of heat and electricity by the use of thermal energy at low temperature (90-95ºC).The described system is totally sensorised and has also a SCADA system with Labview software which allows the monitoring and control of the real time process to obtain a complete technical characterisation of the system SILO-CHIMNEY-BOILER-ORC.