Syctom and the SIAAP launch a call for proposals for an innovative, large-scale, joint CO-methanation project

Two public local authorities, Syctom and the SIAAP, which are two of the largest public operators in Europe for waste and sanitation management, have decided to launch a joint Reasearch & Development Programme concerning the opportunities for large-scale and energy-efficient digestion of the organic and fermentable fraction of household waste (processed by Syctom) and sewage sludge (processed by the SIAAP).

The basic concept and objectives of the project in accordance with the Energy Transition Act:
Organic waste (processed by Syctom) and sewage sludge resulting from the purification of waste water (processed and recycled by the SIAAP) both contain a large amount of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, but in different forms and compositions. Combining them through an appropriate process would take advantage of their complementary properties, thereby improving their co-digestion and producing biogas. This gave rise to the idea of maximizing the conversion into energy by combining these two products and improving the various processes involved for the treatment of residues as opposed to their separate treatment. Once purified, this biogas can then be injected into the natural gas network or used and reprocessed on the industrial site in order to reduce consumption of fossil energy.

Syctom and the SIAAP will need to have an operational facility by 2018.
– End of 2017                     Award of contract to the innovation partner/s
– January-June 2018          Phase 1 of the innovation partnership: research
– July-September 2018      Phase 2 examination of findings and implementation of innovative pilot industrial facility

Innovation Partnership: the first public procurement contract of this type to be launched in France
Given the new fields to be explored, this public procurement contract has been launched in a new form which is intended to support the R&D process: an innovation partnership designed to facilitate the award of public procurement contracts regarding innovation and to help buyers stimulating innovation. Syctom and the SIAAP expect “innovative start-ups and designer/operators” to provide solutions to the issues. Several candidates will be selected and several contracts may be signed with teams who can propose a scientific and technical approach that  matchs with the objectives set by the two local authorities.

Syctom and SIAAP: a joint process that can offer a more efficient public service
In 2015, the Chairmen of these two public local authorities which participate in the urban metabolism of cities, Hervé Marseille at Syctom and Belaïde Bedreddine at the SIAAP, agreed to share their expertise, capabilities and projects. The co-digestion project demonstrates the general process of innovation, R&D, and technological partnership applied by the association of new forms of renewable energy and recycling processes for the purpose of highly effective environmental protection. For example, Syctom is currently working in partnership with many experts on an international R&D project regarding the capture and reprocessing of the carbon contained in fumes with the objective of producing biomaterials and biofuel through the use of algal biomass.
The SIAAP has been conducting many years of research on the digestion of sewage sludge and is now carrying out digestion on an industrial scale. SIAAP is also exploring the best ways of potentially recycling other specific kinds of waste (algal biomass, equine manure, grease) and residues (mechanisms for the recycling of nitrogen and phosphorus mainly.). As part of a dynamic partnership, the urban public services of the greater Paris region, like Syctom and the SIAAP, strongly believe that their ability to create industrial synergies will enable them in the medium term to offer innovative solutions, improve the environmental performance of their facilities that will benefit to the development of the territory, and increase environmental efficiency.

Useful information
Syctom is the responsible of the procurement procedure
A Steering Committee (supervision of the selection and carrying out of the project) is chaired by Hervé Marseille, chairman of Syctom, and consists of equal numbers of representatives of Syctom and the SIAAP, including its chairman, Belaïde Bedreddine.

Validation of the selected contractor/s:
– Technical analysis of the data provided by the project appliers
– Definition and implementation of laboratory tests
– Construction and implementation of a pilot industrial facility
– If applicable, the study, construction and commissioning of an industrial-scale treatment facility
Companies invited to apply:
Innovative start-ups and designer/operators
Estimated cost of project:
€90m including the final installation following the pilot industrial project.
Advertising of the call for tenders:
Launched at the end of October via the usual French platforms (BOAMP, JOUE, etc.).

Syctom, a city waste management organization, is, with its 12 industrial units, the largest public operator in Europe for the treatment and recycling of household waste. Every year, it treats and recycles close to 2.3 million tons of household waste produced by approximately 6 million residents in 84 communes, including the city of Paris, in five departments of the Paris region, i.e. 10% of household waste treatment in France.

The SIAAP (Syndicat Interdépartemental pour l’Assainissement de l’Agglomération Parisienne) is a public service that every day purifies the waste water of close to 9 million residents of the Paris region as well as rain water and industrial water in order to make the waters of the Seine and the Marne suitable for the development of the natural environment. The SIAAP, with its 1,700 officers, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, purifies about 2.5 million cubic meters of water, which is transported through 440 km of pipeline and processed by six purification plants.

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Source: Vianova