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The Production of Sustainable Diesel-Miscible-Biofuels from the Residues and Wastes of Europe and Latin America

Objective

The increasing reliance on imported diesel fuels, in addition to annual increases in the quantities of organic wastes are threats to the EU and Latin America. This project (DIBANET) will combat these threats and help to eliminate diesel imports by developing novel technologies that will allow the sustainable production of diesel miscible biofuels from wastes. It will build on the key, complementary, strengths of researchers and industries of both regions to advance this field. This enhancement of co-operation will ensure that the whole process, from feedstock to process residues, is engineered for maximum efficiency. The links between regions will be further enhanced by the establishment of inter-regional student scholarships; 2 large brokerage events to engage all stakeholders; and a summer school for knowledge transfer. DIBANET will increase the yield from biomass, beyond the current art, of levulinic acid, a valuable platform chemical that can be combined with ethanol to make a diesel fuel. Processes will be advanced to utilise the solid residue that remains after the acid-treatment. From this residue treatment process a bio-oil and biochar will result. The bio-oil will be upgraded to produce a diesel miscible biofuel. The biochar will be examined for use as a soil amender for enhanced biomass yields. Advanced analytical techniques to benefit levulinic acid yields will be developed and employed online to allow real-time adjustment of biomass conversion conditions. All of the fuels produced will be tested to ensure compliance with current fuel requirements.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 472 253,07
Administrative Contact
Michael Hayes (Prof.)

Participants (13)

ASTON UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 668 274,49
Address
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anthony Victor Bridgwater (Prof.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 316 000
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angelos Lappas (Dr.)
FOSS ANALYTICAL AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 28 754,40
Address
Slangerupgade 69
3400 Hillerød
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronny Pradon (Mr.)
GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIESLTD
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 229 824
Address
Zahony U 7
1031 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Attila Uderszky (Mr.)
CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIA CANAVIEIRA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 354 385,60
Address
Fazenda Santo Antonio Bloco 1
13400-970 Piracicaba
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José Perez Rodrigues Filho (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 317 464,44
Address
Av Brigadeiro Trompowski Sn 2
21941 590 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Victor Teixeira Da Silva (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 116 620
Address
Calle Viamonte 430
1053 Buenos Aires
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Graciela Baronetti (Prof.)
YPF SA
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 20 400
Address
Avenida Roque Saenz Peña 777
C1035AAC Buenos Aires
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Alberto Garetto (Mr.)
EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA EMBRAPA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Prq Estacao Biologica Pqeb Edificio Sede Plano Piloto
70770901 Brasilia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Etelvino Henrique Novotny (Dr.)
Fundacion Chile
Chile
EU contribution
€ 86 400
Address
Parque Antonio Rabat Sur 6165
6671199 Santiago
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana María Ruz (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 79 200
Address
Cidade Universitaria Zeferino Sn
13083 875 Campinas Sp
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marcía Ferreira (Prof.)
Ecosphere Ltd

Participation ended

Ireland
Address
St. James Terrace, Clonskeagh Road. 3
D 6 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margaret` Daly (Ms.)
PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA
Brazil
Address
Avenida Republica Do Chile 65
20031 912 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Palombo (Mr.)