«This challenge brings a new perspective and use of renewable gases, in driving heavy duty vehicles», Carmen López, Innovation technician at Naturgy

    20/06/2023. The company Naturgy is partner challenge of the III Valenciaport Hackathon proposing the challenge «Innovative solutions for small-scale biomethane liquefaction in port environments» which seeks to improve small-scale liquefaction of biomethane produced by resources close to the port, such as rice fields. To address this challenge, it is required to develop an efficient and cost-effective process to convert biomethane into liquid form, facilitating its storage, transport and use in various applications.

    In the context of the port and nearby resources, this means looking for a solution that is suitable for local production of biomethane in relatively small quantities, such as those generated by rice fields near the port.

    Therefore, participants will have access to data on: current demand and trend for LNG as a marine fuel, regulatory environment for decarbonization in the marine sector, environmental benefits of replacing existing LNG with BioLNG, data on biomethane production, data on different origins for biogas production, technology for biomethane enrichment, technical data on liquefaction, port infrastructure data, economic and market data, and environmental and sustainability data.

    With this objective in mind, we talked to Carmen López, from Naturgy’s Innovation Department to learn more about this challenge.

    If you are interested in living the experience of finding solutions for this or other port logistics challenges, now is the time. Sign up to participate in the next III Valenciaport Hackathon that will take place in the Port of Valencia from June 30 to July 2, 2023.


    How was this need identified and what is its relevance for the company?

    For this type of challenge, we always look within the real needs of the company and especially those that have greater relevance and impact on sustainability and emissions reduction. At the same time, it must have a relevance within the environment and the partners with whom the challenge is carried out, in this case the port of Valencia.

    For Naturgy, one of its main business needs is the transformation of all its services into sustainable / renewable ones, including LNG.

    What are the potential opportunities that this challenge could offer in the market?

    This challenge brings a new perspective and use of renewable gases, in driving heavy duty vehicles.

    What do you expect from your participation in the Hackathon?

    We love connecting with the Valencian ecosystem and in particular with the Port of Valencia, whose willingness towards transformation, change and innovation has always been brilliant. Collaborate to achieve a solution or ideas that give us wings to improve and join forces towards a more sustainable future.

    Has an attempt been made to solve this challenge before, and how?

    It is a challenge that is always on the table but one that we have not challenged ourselves with so far, it may be the first of many others.

    Beyond the excitement of participation and collaboration, the hackathon offers exciting rewards and recognition for the most innovative solutions. The best teams will have the opportunity to win prizes, gain visibility and potentially get support to turn their ideas into reality. It is not just an event, but a launch pad for promising projects and initiatives in the port logistics sector.

    This III Valenciaport Hackathon offers as main prize an economic endowment of 3,000 euros, granted by the Juan Arizo Serrulla Foundation (FJAS), and a second prize of 1,000 euros provided by the association of logistics managers and businessmen Propeller València.

    Register now to participate in the III Valenciaport Hackathon and solve port logistics challenges like the Naturgy’s one.



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