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Sustainable products from economic processing of biomass in highly integrated biorefineries

Objective

Economic and sustainable production of fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass requires capture of the maximum energy and monetary value from sustainable feedstock. SUPRA-BIO achieves this by focussing on innovative research and development of critical unit operations, by using process intensification to match economic production to the scale of available feedstock and by process integration that provides energy from process waste, optimises utilities to minimise environmental impact and maximises value from the product mix. A technology toolbox for conversion and separation operations is developed that adapts to various scenarios of product mix and feedstock. These are contextualized by full life cycle and economic analysis of potential biorefinery schemes. Based on lignocellulose, microbial/organic waste or microalgae feedstock, innovation and intensification are used to improve the economics and carbon efficiency of fractionation, separation, bio and thermochemical conversions to produce biofuels, intermediates and high value products. Strain selection, genetic manipulation, molecular design and nanocatalysis are used to improve productivity and selectivity; reactor design, intensification and utilities integration for economics. Fermentation to 2,3 butanediol is demonstrated. Mono and multiculture processes are researched for high value products and feedstock streams. Separation is developed for omega oils and specific lignochemicals. Nano and biocatalytic processes are developed for biofuels and bioactive molecules. Integration into potential biorefinery schemes is explored in laboratory pilots of integrated reactors, by piloting on sidestreams, by exchanging separated fractions between partners and by process evaluations. The project includes all the scientific, engineering and industrial skills required to produce the step changes required for biorefineries to impact significantly on realising the aims of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan

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
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FP7-2009-BIOREFINERY_CP
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 249 358
Administrative Contact
Ashok Bhattacharya (Prof.)

Participants (19)

INSTITUT FUER MIKROTECHNIK MAINZ GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Carl-zeiss-str. 18-20
55129 Mainz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frank Hainel (Dr.)
BORREGAARD INDUSTRIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 113 000,50
Address
Clayton Road Risley Industrial 7
WA3 6QQ Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Hansen (Dr.)
UNITED UTILITIES WATER PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 405 788,40
Address
Haweswater House, Lingley Mere Business Park, Great Sankey
WA5 3LP Warrington
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Son Le (Dr.)
EQUINOR ENERGY AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 526 750
Address
Forusbeen 50
4035 Stavanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Børre Tore Børresen (Dr.)
BIOGASOL APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 2 086 732
Address
Lautrupvang 2A
2800 Ballerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels Langvad (Mr.)
B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 012 688,50
Address
Josink Esweg 34
7545 PN Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bert Van De Beld (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 970 378,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frank Hainel (Dr.)
IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 263 736
Address
Wilckensstrasse 3
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guido Reinhardt (Dr.)
ALGETECH INDUSTRIER AS

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 231 985,28
Address
Romberg Gate 3
0118 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pål Myhre (Mr.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 887 609
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tommi Nielsen (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 436 179
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
INSTITUT FUER UMWELTSTUDIEN WEIBEL UND NESS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 370 620
Address
Bergheimer Straße 53-57
69115 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walter Kretschmer (Mr.)
ENERGITEKNISKT CENTRUM I PITEA
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 315 600
Address
Industrigatan 1
94128 Pitea
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hassan Salman (Dr.)
INSTITUT INTERNATIONAL DE LA LIGNINE ASSOCIATION

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 64 144,67
Address
Rue Du Grand Chene 5
1003 Lausanne
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alfred Abaecherli (Mr.)
WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 78 889
Address
Doppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Meierbröker
ALGOSOURCE TECHNOLOGIES
France
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Boulevard De L'universite 37 Crtt Bureau 273
44600 Saint Nazaire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Lepine (Mr.)
Greenvalue SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 157 662,96
Address
Rue Des Ducats 40 A
1350 Orbe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfred Abaecherli (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 490 784,44
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephen Conway (Mr.)
IGV INSTITUT FUR GETREIDEVERARBEITUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 416 256,50
Address
Arthur Scheunert Allee 40-41
14558 Bergholz Rehbrucke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Janos Petrusan (Mr.)