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Bridging the gap between phytoremediation solutions on growing energy crops on contaminated lands and clean biofuel production

Project description

Use of phytoremediation crops to generate biofuel

Phytoremediation involves the removal of contaminants from soil using plants. The EU-funded GOLD project will employ bioenergy crops to decontaminate the soil they are grown in and then use them as a source of biofuel. Consortium members will identify crops for phytoremediation and decontamination and convert the contaminated feedstock into clean biofuels through two different thermochemical-based routes: gasification and pyrolysis. In both routes, the main contamination constituents will be collected in a concentrated form: as a vitrified slag with low leachability produced during gasification and in the form of high-density biochar created during pyrolysis. Finally, selected value-chains for biofuel production and land decontamination will be modelled and analysed regarding cost, sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Objective

GOLD is organized in five work packages (see figure aside) and builds on the three pillars. The first pillar (WP1) aims to optimize selected energy crops for phytoremediation as well as to develop optimized phytoremediation solutions for decontamination purposes. In the second pillar (WP2) the contaminated feedstock of WP1 will be converted to clean biofuels by developing two thermochemical based conversion routes; the first on gasification and the second on pyrolysis. In both routes the main contamination constituents will be collected in a concentrated form: mainly in a vitrified slag with low leachability produced in the gasification in the 1st and in a form of high density biochar in the 2nd. In the third pillar selected value-chains for biofuels production and land decontamination will be modelled and analysed in terms of cost, sustainability and SDGs for the creation of win-win situations. Emphasis is being given on the international collaboration towards Innovation Mission Challenge 4 on Biofuels with the participation of three highly consuming countries (Canada, China and India) thoughtout the value-chains.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020

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Sub call

H2020-LC-SC3-2020-RES-RIA

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CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
Net EU contribution
€ 330 000,00
Address
MARATHONOS 19TH KM
19009 Pikermi
Greece

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€ 330 000,00

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