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Innovative design of miniature methanization units


Energy Communities
10/07/2015

By Cofely Ineo

closure date
21/09/2015

Winners :

INEVAL Environnement


To meet the growing need for mini methanization units, the ENGIE Group is working via its subsidiary Cofely Ineo to develop an innovative technology that meets the functional requirements for methanization and that leads to a solution suitable for the scale of such projects.


To develop mini methanization technologies that are reliable, simple and cost-saving, from the design phase through operations.


Winners will receive expert assistance from the Group in co-developing the selected technology or technologies, and may be involved in future projects to be realized


Purpose of the call for projects:

To develop mini methanization technologies that are reliable, simple and cost-saving, from the design phase through operations.

Rewards and benefits:

Winners will receive expert assistance from the Group in co-developing the selected technology or technologies, and may be involved in future projects to be realized

Detailed description:

As the methanization industry expands with the backing of national-level actors, we have begun to get mixed feedback about the first units to be installed, especially for small, “mini-biogas” production units. This sector has great potential, and project leaders expecting solutions are becoming increasingly numerous.

To meet this growing demand, the Engie Group, through its subsidiary Cofely Ineo, is aiming to develop an innovative technology that meets the operating requirements for anaerobic digestion (temperature maintenance, pH regulation, etc.) while providing a solution that fits the scale of these projects: reduced construction and operating costs, simplicity and reliability.

This call for projects -launched by Cofely Ineo in collaboration with the Methanization Department at Engie and in partnership with Biogaz Vallée®, France’s biogas cluster- aims to identify opportunities for working together to develop mini-methanization technologies that are reliable, simple and inexpensive from their design to operation.

The “Innovative design of miniature methanization units“ call for projects is part of Engie’s comprehensive approach to supporting the development of renewable energy and particularly of the biogas industry.


Who is this call for projects for?

It is open to any developer of innovative digester technologies.


Selection criteria:

The files will be judged according to several criteria:

  • Relevance to the topic
  • Project originality / innovative nature (approaches / processes / technologies)
  • Maturity and experience
  • Feasibility
  • Ability to be tested and/or deployed quickly
  • Consistency of the proposed business model; adequacy technology/usage
  • Social performance, environmental and energy
  • Social and societal acceptability

Selection Procedure and Provisional timetable:

  • 18 June 2015: launch of the call for projects
  • September 21, 2015: deadline for responses
  • October 15, 2015: announcement of the finalists, who will orally present their projects and discuss with members of the selection committee
  • Early November 2015: Day for meeting candidates and presentation of finalists to the selection committee
  • November 27, 2015: Announcement of winner/(s) at the Futurapolis Innovation Trade Fair in Toulouse.

Selection Committee:

Will include methanization experts from:

  • Engie
  • Cofely Ineo
  • Biogas Vallée®
  • SUEZ Environment

Relying as much as possible on business incubator networks, engineering schools and BE Midi-Pyrenees.