New landfill exploitation techniques to improve biogas production and facilitate waste gas recovery


The aim of LIFE LANDFILL BIOFUEL is to demonstrate the technical performance of a cost effective solution based on the implementation of new exploitation techniques of the waste cells to enhance the biogas production and off-gases recovery from landfills together with an innovative biogas upgrading technology consisting on Vacuum Pressure Swing Adsorption (VPSA).

This new process will produce an alternative biofuel (1,584 million m3/year of biomethane) from a ground-breaking sustainable source as landfills, improving air quality and contributing to a sustainable road transport mobility. The demo plant at pre- industrial scale is in Alhendín (Granada/Spain) and will have an input of biogas extracted from the landfill of 378 m3/h– 1/4 of an industrial scale producing an output of 200 m3/h of biomethane.


    • Significant reduction of air pollutants generated by RNG and CO2 emissions compared to diesel vehicles.

    • Increase the enrichment of biomethane (up to 96,7%).

    • Enhance of biogas recovery from landfills (+7%).

    • Supplementary business model to commercialize the biomethane.

    • 5 full time and 8 part-time jobs during the demo.

    • To plan replication to 2 landfills in Europe.

    • To foster deployment of the new circular approach in EU.



    • Characterization and optimization of recovery of landfill biogas.
    • Design, construction and operation of a biogas upgrading plant to obtain high purity biomethane.
    • Demonstration of technology by use of the biomethane in transport and injection in the NG grid.
    • Development of the replication and transferability plan.
    • Monitoring of the technical-environmental and socio-economic impact of the project.
    • Dissemination of results and networking with other projects.

    Expected results

    • Demonstration of VPSA technology to valorize landfill gases and produce biomethane for use in transport and injection in the NG grid.
    • Design, construction and operation of an up-grading biogas plant with VPSA technology (capacity: 378 m3 / h and production of 200 m3 / h of biomethane) at the FCC S.A facilities in Granada (Spain).   
    • Improvement of air quality, sustainable mobility by road.  Contribution to the progressive de-carbonization of the industrial / transport sector.




    Programa LIFE

    Total budget: 4.674.626 €
    Duration: 01-JUL-2019 to 30-JUN -2023


    Raúl Piñero Hernanz

    Division of Agrifood and Processes


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