Producing graphene from biogas: an innovative, renewable and cost-effective value-chain for industrialising the material of the future


Project Description

Graphene is thinnest, strongest and lightest known material. Besides, it is a flexible, water-proof and extremely electrically and thermally conductive. It has potential application in a huge array of industrial fields, from IT to medical or automotive. It is expected that graphene demand will sharply grow in the next years, and is a priority for the EU to lead its production globally.

Biogenera Renovables has developed a plug-and-play solution for producing graphene from biomethane in biogas plants via Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). Biogas can be upgraded into biomethane and CO2, which are organic carbon sources which can be used as raw materials for manufacturing graphene in a circular economy approach: biographene. This process is a proven technology for treatment of wet-waste biomass in the agri-food industry and wastewater treatment plants.

Currently, they have a working prototype of the technology (now TRL6) in collaboration with PlanarTech, another R&D intensive SME key in graphene industrialisation, and together they are finetuning an innovative business model to have a long-term leadership.

Their business model consists in partnering with biogas plants to install the Biographene Production Unit in their premises, as well as sharing the profits of the sales. It will allow graphene production to be economically viable at industrial scale and simultaneously is a way to increase the profitability of biogas plants and boost the renewable energy sector.

The proposal has the potential of transforming the industrial production of graphene.

Project Details

  • Programme: SME Instrument Phase 1
  • Call: H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020
  • Reference number: 877210
  • Consortium: 1 company from 1 country
  • Starting date: 01/08/2019
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Link: Cordis