Energy Recovery from Waste and Biomass

Among the main solutions for the protection of the environment within a context of sustainability and durability, we need to eliminate the waste generated by human activity and to reduce the use of fossil fuels in order to contribute to a reduction of the greenhouse effect. One solution is the energy recovery of waste and biomass.

What we can do:

At Abengoa, we specialize in designing and integrating smart solutions, building and operating innovative facilities for the energy recovery of all types of waste and biomass and obtaining renewable and sustainable energy in the form of heat, cold, electricity or fuel.

How we do it:

Depending on the type of waste and/or biomass (urban waste, wood, agriculture, livestock, agrifood, industrial waste, etc.), we design innovative solutions to convert the raw material and use it as:

  • Bioenergy (via incineration, gasification ...): electricity, heat and/or cold for urban heating networks or for industrial processes.
  • Biofuel (bioethanol, biodiesel, jetfuel and biogas).

Main references:

Project TechnologyLocationCapacityClientStatus

Fulcrum Biorefinery

Jetfuel production for solid urban waste

United States

10,000,000 gallons/year

Fulcrum Bioenergy

Under construction

Rotterdam

Bioethanol production from wheat and corn

Netherlands 480,000 m3/year

Abengoa Bioenergy Netherlands

Completed in 2010

São Luiz Cogeneration

Electricity and steam generation from bagasse straw

Brazil 70 MW

Abengoa Bioenergía Brasil SA

Completed in 2010

São João Cogeneration

Electricity and steam generation from bagasse straw

Brazil 70 MW

Abengoa Bioenergía Brasil SA

Completed in 2010

San Roque

Renewable fuels (biodiesel) production from the transformation of vegetable oils 

Spain

225,000 t/year

Abengoa Bioenergía San Roque

Completed in 2009

EHN Sangüesa

Electricity generation generation from cereal straw

Spain 29 MW

Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra

Completed in 2003

Westfield Poultrey Litter Power Plant 

Electricity generation generation from poultry manure

United Kingdom 13 MW

Energy Power Resources

Completed in 2000



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