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Reforming of Crude Glycerine in Supercritical Water to Produce Methanol for Re-Use in Biodiesel Plants

Objective

Biodiesel is produced by transesterification of vegetable oils with methanol. Glycerine is a major by-product of the transesterification process. Due to the rapid increase in biodiesel production capacity in Europe also the amount of glycerine has increased rapidly. The overall project objective is to produce methanol from crude glycerine, and re-use the methanol in the biodiesel plant. This project aims to improve the energy balance, carbon performance, sustainability and overall economics of biodiesel production. The work expands on expertise generated by the consortium on reforming of glycerine in supercritical water, and to produce a synthesis gas suitable for direct once-through methanol synthesis (GtM - Glycerine to Methanol). Producers will be less dependent on the methanol spot price, there is a (partial) security of methanol supply, and their by-product is used as a green, sustainable feedstock. Further development of the GtM technology should result in an economically viable process at the scale of the biodiesel plant (3,000-10,000 t glycerine/y). There are 2 secondary objectives. Firstly: To demonstrate the complete GtM process on laboratory and pilot plant scale. Specific targets are to achieve glycerine conversions >90%, and to produce a syngas with H2/CO > 1. The overall target is a yield of 50 wt% methanol from glycerine (energy efficiency > 70%). Secondly, to prepare a detailed design for a full-scale methanol production facility integrated in a biodiesel production plant, and establish production costs for the super methanol. Target is to produce methanol at a price below 250 EUR/tonne. The project involves 2 SME’s in the field of thermo-chemical processes, 2 industrial companies in the field of biodiesel production and high-pressure technologies, and 3 academic partners highly skilled in catalysts development, thermodynamics and process modelling.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-1-RTD
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV
Address
Josink Esweg 34
7545 PN Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 699 943
Administrative Contact
John Vos (Mr.)

Participants (6)

ACCIONA SERVICIOS URBANOS SRL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 219 600
Address
Avenida De Europa 18
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Serrano Pérez (Dr.)
BORESKOV INSTITUTE OF CATALYSIS, SIBERIAN BRANCH OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 149 652
Address
Prospect Akademika Lavrentieva 5
630090 Novosibirsk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valeriy Aleksandrovich Kirillov (Prof.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 446 949
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan Poutsma (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 226 152
Address
Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
željko Knez (Prof.)
UHDE HIGH PRESSURE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 189 580
Address
Buschmuehlenstrasse 20
58093 Hagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Nuennerich (Dr.)
SPARQLE INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 161 538
Address
Hasebroekstraat 1
7552VX Hengelo Ov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johannes Penninger (Prof.)