The "ProGeo" project derives from two needs: that of storing surpluses of energy (from energy sources that are renewable and not) and that of decreasing carbon dioxide since, as a greenhouse gas, it contributes to global warming.
The original idea on which ProGeo is based is Prometeo, which aimed at using electrical energy from renewable sources, in order to produce hydrogen (H2) through the electrolysis of water. This hydrogen would have been used to produce methane (CH4) from carbon dioxide (CO2). The transformation and storage of the energy would have made decoupling production and consumption possible.
By aligning the original idea with the needs of the energy market, focus moved towards the objective of reducing CO2 emissions, a well-known by-product of several industrial processes, with a cycle similar to a closed-loop cycle. The leftover carbon dioxide is treated by converting a potential cost (carbon tax) into a profit. Furthermore, ProGeo would allow to improve the profitability of thermoelectric plants, offering the possibility to dynamically decide whether to sell or convert/accumulate the energy produced, separating the logics of production from selling opportunities.
ProGeo is based on consolidated high-efficiency technologies. Its innovative quality consists in an intelligent integration and use. The implementation of the Sabatier reaction allows to treat CO2 like a processing reagent, reducing emissions and the carbon tax. Technologies for the storage and use of methane are well-known and allow for a high flexibility in use.
Over the years, PLC System has funded various research projects with:
- the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies of the University of Rome - Tor Vergata
- the ITM-CNR of Rende (CS) for activities concerning membrane filtration;
- at ENEA of Frascati (RM) for activities related to the general design of its plant and the analysis of gas detectors.
|2013||International patent (PCT) “Group for the storage of electrical energy through the production of methane” under the name of the inventor, Andrea Capriccioli, with IPN: WO 2013/190581 A1 (nationalized in 2005 by Andrea Capriccioli).|
|2014||The construction and assembly of all the innovative ProGeo components officially ends.|
|2016||PLC System and LA.ME.P. participate with Progeo at Horizon 2020, obtaining funds for the scale-up of the P2G (Power-to-Gas) modular system.|
|2017||Various companies show their interest in hosting the Progeo demonstration in their plants.|
|07/07/2017||The European Community accepts the request for an extension of the Progeo project from 24 to 30 months.|
|08/06/2017||Meeting with the management of ACEA Pinerolese Industriale S.p.a for defining the first terms of collaboration for the ProGeo project.|
|31/03/2017||ACEA Pinerolese Industriale S.p.a. in Pinerolo (Turin) express its availability to host ProGeo’s functional testing in its plant, by undersigning a letter of intent.|
|26/10/2016||Presentation of Progeo at the Rendina Ambiente S.R.L. – EDF waste-to-energy plant in Melfi, assessing the opportunity of a ProGeo demonstration on site.|
|19/10/2016||PLC System presents “ProGeo - Power‐to‐Gas technology for the storage of electrical energy and CO2 treatment for small Thermoelectric Power Generators” during the “Power to gas: methane from CO2 through renewable energy” workshop of professional experiences at the Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Biotechnologies of the University of Perugia.|
|01/06/2016||Grant Agreement N.717957 came into force, thanks to which PLC System and LA.ME.P. obtained funding from the EASME agency for the implementation of the ProGeo project in the H2020 framework.|