Bio-Empowered Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM) Process The Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM) allows the conversion of the methane contained in natural gas into ethylene, which is a main building block for the chemical and plastic industries. Biogas is a potential methane source and its use as a renewable energetic fuel has been spreading rapidly. The main objective of BIOCM project is to design and provide a robust proof of concept for an OCM process which efficiently converts biogas into ethylene. Novel processes for the treatment of residual waste water in anaerobic sequencing batch reactors with immobilized biomass are to be developed aimed at achieving environmental compliance of the effluents and biogas production. The biogas is then to be converted into ethylene via OCM and the reaction exothermicity can be used to drive the reform of the unconverted methane for energy and material integration and to produce a wider product range within a biorefinery concept. A life cycle analysis of the production chain is to be carried out to ensure the sustainability of the proposed process structures. PROJECT FUNDED BY: ERANet-LAC PROJECT DURATION: February 2017 – January 2020 PROJECT BUDGET: 66 600 EUR SCIENTIFIC LEADER OF THE PROJECT: Jūlija Gušča PROJECT PARTNERS: From Latvia: Riga Technical University From other countries: Technischen Universität Berlin, Germany Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia, Brazil Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Col0mbia PUBLISHED: 20.02.2017.