GPT - Thermo-Chemical Processes Group Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón. Universidad de Zaragoza
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Philosophy and Vision

The work philosophy of our group has remained essentially the same throughout these nearly 30 years now. The group has always had very clear in mind that the research activity developed had to be oriented toward providing a benefit to society in terms of valorization of wastes and residues, which is our field of expertise.

The general objective of our research activity is to contribute to scientific knowledge of these processes, as well as development of technology at pilot and demonstration scales. So, design and optimization of processes, from the efficiency and environmental security points of view, are also sought. In order to reach this objective, experimental studies and process modelling are carried out.

Therefore the ultimate aim of the work carried out by the GPT has always been to conduct the transfer of the scientific knowledge acquired, and of the technology developed, to companies and to the scientific community in order to make, on the one hand, biomass exploitation economically viable, and on the other hand, to contribute to the advance of the scientific knowledge in this field.
At this very moment, the work in the GPT is still focused in the development of technologies that can be applicable at industry scale for energy production from biomass, by combining gasification with a gas cleaning and conditioning system to couple this technology with the energy production system. We can carry out the process development, the scale-up, design and construction of turnkey deliverable plants for biomass, wastes and residues processing at any scale, from laboratory to a full-commercial scale in collaboration with private companies which may be interested and providing financial support.
In this sense, the GPT can work as a consultant company and as a R&D group aiming toward providing a service to private companies and corporations, or just as a scientific group oriented toward academia and sharing knowledge via publications in high quality peer-reviewed scientific journals listed in the Journal Citation Report (JCR) system.
Our strength comes from always keeping coherency in the development of the group’s master plan. Thus, the research activities and the lines followed have remained stable while always moving forward, pushing the boundaries of knowledge in our field of expertise. The strategy has always been not to shift from one (or several) hyped research topic(s) at a given time to other brand new and fashionable lines at another moment. We like to walk a path and to do a serious and thorough job until we do feel that there is nothing innovative else that can be investigated in a certain issue regarding the valorisation of wastes and residues.
Therefore, the group’s research has a well-established work methodology. Firstly, the studies are initiated in the laboratory and, after the analysis of the results and the data, the development of processes is subjected (when appropriate) to a scale-up.  Hence, the processes are always developed through different scales, conducting the design, setup construction, and research from laboratory, through bench and pilot scale, up to a demonstration scale and even to a turnkey commercial scale. Such scale-up requires large investments and funding, which are obtained from both public and private sources, via projects with financial support from regional, national and international organisms, or through agreements and contracts signed with different companies and corporations.

An example of our efforts is the commercial-scale biomass downdraft gasifier designed, constructed and licensed to TAIM-WESER , which can be seen in detail here . Nevertheless, other examples of the different setups constructed by the group can be checked here , as well as a list of relevant projects  awarded.

European Comission Brisk
The Thermochemical Processes Group (GPT) is partly funded by the EU's European Social Fund and by the Gobierno de Aragón (Aragonese government)
EU's European Social Fund Gobierno de Aragón