For example, they are exploring a new biogas purification process that is less corrosive but also less onerous and more effective than the two processes currently used in a biological or chemical form. On another topic of research, the UCEIV is currently exploring a new way to recover biogas by producing a synthetic gas through catalytic reforming. It involves keeping the CO2 produced during methanation and making it react with the methane to produce hydrogen, which, ultimately, could be used to produce a synthetic gas or even a synfuel. At the UCEIV, the research objective is to create an affordable catalyst which is stable over the long term. At the heart of it lies a real industrial challenge.
Moreover, this research benefits from funding from the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and three important biomass producers. Finally, UCEIV researchers are working on methanation, a
principle that involves producing methane based on CO2 and green hydrogen (i.e. derived from renewable energy). Interest is paramount
for the territory of Dunkirk, a major producer of CO2, all while an industrial green hydrogen project is in the process of becoming a reality.