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Gasum launched an open innovation competition in January to find solutions and partners to utilize the biogenic carbon dioxide generated as a side stream from the biogas upgrading process in Gasum’s biogas plants in Finland and Sweden. Five teams have now been chosen to move forward in the competition.
The aim of the GasumHackathon is to find solutions and partners to utilise the biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) generated as a side stream from the biogas upgrading process in Gasum’s biogas plants in Finland and Sweden The GasumHackathon is organized in co-operation with the BioEconomy Business Accelerator BioPaavo by JAMK University of Applied Sciences, growth company consultancy Kasvu Open and Finnish Biocycle and Biogas Association.
Five teams from five different countries, introducing five diverse solutions to the challenge, were selected to continue in the competition. The solution of Danish Biogasclean A/S is about biological methanation and desulfurization. Norwegian Inherit Carbon Solutions’ want to solve the challenge by capturing and storing carbon. Finnish Carbonaide’s solution is to utilize the green carbon dioxide for carbon curing in the concrete industry. Austrian GIG Karasek GmbH – a member of Dr. Aichhorn Group – has a solution for electrochemical conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemicals. Swedish FYKO’s solution is about cultivating photosynthetic microalgae in wastewater to produce clean water, bio stimulants and organic fertilizers.
“It will be great to see the potential of very different solutions for CO2 value creation – each participant presented a solution from a diverse angle”, says Gasum’s Senior Process Engineer Viljami Kinnunen. “Now the teams have a few weeks to polish their solutions. It will be very exciting to see the final result at the end of this hackathon process. Expectations are high!”
Gasum currently operates a network of nine biogas plants and two upgrading plants in Finland, as well as seven biogas plants in Sweden. In addition, Gasum is developing several biogas plant projects in the Nordic countries. Gasum’s biogas plants presently have a production capacity of approximately 800 GWh of biogas each year. Biogas use can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by on average 90% compared to fossil fuels.
The GasumHackathon challenge concludes on 19 April 2023 when the winner or winners are announced.