Members of our group receive support award from Fundación Repsol for energy applications of nanoparticles

On July 25, 2013, Fundación Repsol announced the results of its second call of its Entrepreneurs Fund, where a project presented by members of the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group has received one of the two awards for “supporting maturation”.

The project, BiogasPLUS, introduces the creation of a spin-off company that produces nanoparticles in large commercial quantities with specific applications. In particular, the focus product is a nanoparticle-based additive that can enhance the production of biogas up to a 200% together with other environmental benefits. This is a result from the findings on the biological effects of inorganic nanoparticles in waste treatment processes, co-developed between the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The project is led by Prof. Víctor Puntes, together with Dr. Eudald Casals and Dr. Cecilia López, working in collaboration researchers on waste management led by UAB Prof. Antoni Sánchez.

BiogasPLUS was one of the 16 finalist projects, selected among 479 proposals presented in this call. Fundación Repsol selected 8 projects for company incubation, while 2 more were chosen to be supported for further development and maturation – BiogasPLUS being among these two.

This was the second edition of this increasingly successful call from Fundación Repsol: as stated in its website, this initiative is framed within Repsol’s corporate strategy for improving the sustainability of the current energy models, and aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurial development in the field of energy efficiency and new energy sources.

Full news at the Entrepreneurs Fund – Fundación Repsol website:

English: http://www.fondoemprendedores.fundacionrepsol.com/en/entrepreneurs-fund/second-call

Spanish: http://www.fondoemprendedores.fundacionrepsol.com/es/fondo-de-emprendedores/segunda-convocatoria

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