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Conversion of Sugar Cane Biomass into Ethanol

Objective

The project aims at developing the first cost-effective and industrially viable process for converting sugar cane bagasse and trash (i.e. sugar cane biomass) into fermentable sugars. Furthermore, the aim is to integrate such a process with existing production of 1st Generation ethanol based on sugar cane. In order to develop such a process, a deeper knowledge about the structural components of sugar cane biomass will be investigated with the aim of capturing the easier fraction of the cellulose sugars. Furthermore, the project will focus on developing a detailed understanding of the dynamic impact between pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis in order to specifically design the process and enzymes for cost-effective cellulose conversion. The consortium, which builds on an already established partnership, involves leading industry and Academic partners within the relevant fields from Europe and Latin America. The main technical barriers in the project relate to the application of an integrated approach, achieving economically attractive production of 2nd generation ethanol based on sugar cane biomass as opposed to converting biomass into energy or other alternative use. Moreover, challenges are related to achieving process compatibility with existing plants and the accomplishment of a simple and cheap process. The proposed project will focus on the following RTD activities: - Detailed characterization of structural components in sugar cane bagasse and trash - Understanding the treatability of various fractions - Pretreatment of biomass with focus on integration with existing technology - Enzyme development for improved cellulose hydrolysis - Process simulation and cost estimation

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2008-1
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Coordinator

NOVOZYMES A/S
Address
Krogshoejvej 36
2880 Bagsvaerd
Denmark
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 447 540
Administrative Contact
Nina Eriksen (Ms.)

Participants (4)

MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 143 800
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Guido Zacchi (Prof.)
CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIA CANAVIEIRA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 367 080
Address
Fazenda Santo Antonio Bloco 1
13400-970 Piracicaba
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José Perez Rodrigues (Filho) (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO PARANA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 327 660
Address
Rua Xv De Novembro 1299
80060000 Curitiba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silvia Helena Soares Schwab (Prof.)
NOVOZYMES LATIN AMERICA LTDA.
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 375 900
Address
Rua Professor Francisco Ribeiro 683
83707-660 Araucaria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Benjamin Knudsen (Mr.)