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New feedstock and innovative transformation process for a more sustainable development and production of lignocellulosic ethanol

Objective

Today, USA and Brazil have massively invested in ethanol mono-production, taking advantage of their respective native crops, intensive culture practices and large availability of land. These renewable biofuel production models cannot be applied to most of the industrial and emerging countries. For these countries with limited land use, one of the best solutions to comply with their objectives of renewable biofuel and avoid food/fuel competition is the production of ethanol from diversified lignocellulosic residues. Yet, more research efforts are necessary to reach this objective. The BABETHANOL project proposes solutions for a more sustainable approach of 2nd generation renewable ethanol, based on a “moderate, environmental-friendly and integrated” transformation process that should be applicable to an expanded range of lignocellulosic feedstocks. The new process, called CES - Combined Extrusion-Saccharification, will be an alternative to the costly processes of the current state-of-the-art, notably the pre-treatment requiring much energy, water, chemical products, detoxification and waste water treatment. CES will be developed and tested from laboratory up to semi-industrial pilot scale with different new feedstock: Blue Agave Bagass, Palm Oil Empty Fruit Bunches and Olive oil Milled Husks. A Europe-Latin America lignocellullosic biomass catalogue will also be developed as a further contribution to the expansion of feedstocks. The success of the new project much relies on the well-balanced consortium with 7 European partners, 8 Latin American partners, the multidisciplinary expertise with agriculture/agronomy, chemical/catalysis, microbial systems engineering, industrial plant design and the integration of SMEs.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/wastewater treatment processes

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

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE
Address
Allee Emile Monso 6
31029 Toulouse Cedex 4
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 678 654,40
Administrative Contact
Gérard Vilarem (Mr.)

Participants (12)

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 638 308
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carlos Galdeano (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA
Costa Rica
EU contribution
€ 160 454
Address
Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio
2060 San Pedro De Montes De Oca San Jose
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julio F. Mata-Segreda (Prof.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE TOULOUSE
France
EU contribution
€ 355 824
Address
Avenue De Rangueil 135
31077 Toulouse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael O’donohue (Dr.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 403 612,25
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mercedes Ballesteros (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 355 349,75
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irmeli Koskinen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 78 120
Address
Via Palladio 8
33100 Udine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gian Paolo Vannozzi (Prof.)
Centro Mario Molina para Estudios Estrategicos sobre Energia y Medio Ambiente AC
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 51 717,40
Address
Paseo De Los Laureles Despacho 406 458
05120 Mexico City
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Hector Mena (Mr.)
Adour Pyrénées Garonne Environnement Etudes et Conseil
France
EU contribution
€ 83 791,60
Address
Zone Pyrène Aéropole
65290 Juillan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerard Descamps (Mr.)
Consejo Regulador del Tequila A.C
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 29 328,20
Address
Avenida Patria 273
45030 Zapopan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Floriberto Miguel-Cruz (Mr.)
Procazucar S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 58 346,80
Address
"Avenida 9 # 2204-4 Colonia San Jose"
94560 Cordoba, Vera Cruz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Federico Gabriel López Medel (Mr.)
INSTITUTO INTERAMERICANO DE COOPERACION INTERNACIONAL PARA LA AGRICULTURA IICA
Costa Rica
EU contribution
€ 175 987
Address
0 5 Miles North From The Ipis
2200 San Jose
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emilio Ruz Jerez (Dr.)
MAGUIN S.A.S
France
EU contribution
€ 100 179,60
Address
Rue Pierre Sémard 2
02800 Charmes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Gobeaut (Ms.)