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High efficiency consolidated bioprocess technology for lignocellulose ethanol

Objective

Lignocellulosic bioethanol has the potential of contributing to a sustainable and secure European energy supply for the transport sector. European research and industry is presently among the forerunners in developing lignocellulosic bioethanol. Although a number of technical breakthroughs have been achieved during the last decade, some key technical issues especially concerning the hydrolysis and fermentation still remain to be solved. In the HYPE project, a combined approach is used to develop a novel integrated concept for hydrolysis and fermentation of lignocellulosic feedstocks. Improved enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation of all carbohydrates, process development as well as high flexibility to feedstocks and technical robustness are among the goals of HYPE. The technologies included in HYPE will be combined into a one unit continuous consolidated bioprocessing reactor including hydrolysis, fermentation and ethanol recovery. The consolidated bioprocessing developed in the HYPE project is expected to significantly improve the overall process economy through a reduced process time, improved enzyme efficiency and high yield of all carbohydrates. Among the tasks are development of new thermophilic and efficient enzymes, C6 and C5 fermentation using F. oxysporium and modified S. cerevisiae, high dry matter hydrolysis, adaptation to various feedstocks, consolidated process development, pilot-scale testing and overall evaluation of the technical and economical potential. The feedstocks to be included in the project are lignocellulosic agricultural and forest residues. The technical development within HYPE is closely integrated with pilot-scale testing at an advanced level, thus securing commercially feasible technologies. The HYPE project will be a major contribution to European technology development for accelerating the commercialization of 2nd generation bioethanol.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/carbohydrates
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-1-RTD
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 567 128
Administrative Contact
Sanna-Maija Miettinen (Dr.)

Participants (8)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 600 251
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Matti Siika-Aho (Mr.)
ROAL OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 149 000
Address
Tykkimaentie 15
05200 Rajamaki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heikki Halonen (Mr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 487 565
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
HOLM CHRISTENSEN BIOSYSTEMER APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 451 000
Address
Odinshoejvej
3140 Aelsgaerde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Inger Lise Christensen (Ms.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Christakopoulos (Dr.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Priit Väljamäe (Dr.)
BIOGOLD OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 126 000
Address
Lossi 19A
12616 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Priit Kotli (Mr.)
INBICON A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 802 000
Address
Kraftvarksvej 53
7000 Fredericia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeppe Hoff Nielsen (Mr.)