Description of the institution

logo PUCVSince its foundation in 1928, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso has established itself as one of the most prestigious institutions of the Chilean higher educational system. Its alumni body is characterized by the institutional seal: excellent academic and professional education, solid human values and strong commitment to public service.

With its 9 Schools and 53 academic programs, the P. Universidad Católica de Valparaíso seeks diversity within campus, generating communication spaces that enrich students´ academic life. The university is located in Valparaíso,

Chile´s second largest city, which is characterized by its natural and urban beauty, and by the rich cultural environment provided by a great number of higher education institutions located here.

Role in the project

The team has a wide experience in biogas and biofuel field, with more than 50 refereed ISI papers, experience with EC projects, and fluent relationship with industry and contracts research. It is also available the infrastructure of the Biochemical Engineering School, including an anaerobic digestion pilot plant for solid residues, several reactors and more than 100 m2 lab. Specifically on hydrogen production has 9 years of experience working in continuous systems, use membranes to reduce the partial pressure and inoculum pretreatment for different types of substrate like glycerol.

Key personnel

Gonzalo Ruiz is an Professor of the Biochemical Engineering School at PUCV and currently is the Chilean National Contact Point (NCP) for FAFB of the 7FP, Head of the Division for Environmental Engineering Education of the Interamerican association form environmental and sanitary engineering (AIDIS). His research topics include nitrogen removal, modelling and automatic control of processes, anaerobic digestion of waste and wastewater and fermentation for hydrogen production.

Estela Tapia is a student’s last semester of PhD in Biochemistry School of Engineering. His research in the PhD is hydrogen production via anaerobic digestion as his master’s thesis. The PhD thesis is titled “Increasing glycerol hydrogen production by anaerobic sludge biokinetic Control”. Her research topics include fermentation for hydrogen production, anaerobic digestion of waste, wastewater and soil biorremediation.


  • Review of technical glycerol potential from biodiesel production and availability for improved cascading in Europe

    May 2, 2017

    The article entitled: “Review of technical glycerol potential from biodiesel production and availability for improved cascading in Europe” has been published and is available online. Authors: André Brosowski (DBFZ), Stephanie Hauschild (DBFZ), Karin Naumann (DBFZ), Jens Hösel (DBFZ), Daniela Thrän (Helmholtz Centre for environmental research), Type of publication: Article – Research Paper Date: April 2017 Publication: […]


  • 42M Progress Meeting – April 26 to 28, 2017 – Leipzig (Germany)

    April 11, 2017

    All the project partners will be hosted by DBFZ in Leipzig (Germany) from April 26 to 28, 2017. This is a good opportuny to discuss about the project advancement after the last Consortium Meeting which took place from October 12 to 14, 2016 in Hurtigruten, Bergen – Trondheim, Norway. Agenda available here: GRAIL_42M_Agenda     […]


  • GRAIL e-NEWSLETTER #5 – February 2017

    February 22, 2017

    PROJECT SUMMARY GRAIL : GLYCEROL BIOREFINERY APPROACH FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS OF INDUSTRIAL VALUE GRAIL is a 48-months collaborative project funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 Programme for Knowledge Based Bio-Economy. The topic of GRAIL project is “Preventing and valorizing bio-waste in biorefineries optimal and cost-effective industrial biocatalysts”. What’s inside […]


  • D2-2 – Operating parameters for batch experiments

    January 5, 2017

    Main Objectives To provide information about operational parameters at batch configurations such as, the effect of inoculum, addition of nutrients, pH control and substrate concentration to improve hydrogen and ethanol production  Main Outcomes According to the results, the selected inoculum was sludge from an aerobic wastewater treatment plant and an aerobic pretreatment. Also, it was […]