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BIOfuel From Algae Technologies

Objective

BIOFAT is a ‘microalgae to biofuel’ Demonstration project with a farming area of 10-ha for microalgae cultivation and a target annual productivity of 100 tons per ha. The project will integrate all the processes from single cell to biofuel production. The production stage will be based on photobioreactors for inocula production, and raceways for production of bulk biomass and induction of oil/starch accumulation, necessary to obtain the biofuel (biodiesel and bioethanol). Carbon dioxide derived from fermentation will be used.
Biomass harvesting will be done by pre-concentration and subsequent centrifugation. A low-energy input centrifuge will be used. Extraction will be done by mechanical cell disruption of wet (25-30% dry solids) paste. Oil will be transformed into biodiesel by transesterification, and carbohydrates to bioethanol through fermentation. Oil and carbohydrate accumulation will be obtained by nutrient stress using specific algal strains.
Only marine strains will be used to avoid any competition with food crops. BIOFAT will also develop the concept of algorefinery (i.e., high value co-products besides biofuels).
BIOFAT will demonstrate at 10-ha scale proven and tested technologies which have been developed by Consortium members at small scale. Innovation will be in the scaling-up of the process to the 10-ha Demo Plant.
Specific Engineering and Business Plans for setting up the 10-ha Demo Plant will be based on the results obtained from operation of 2 0,5 ha Pilot Plants (Italy and Portugal). The 2 prototypes existing in Israel and Italy will be used for the training of a development team. The overall sustainability of the algal biofuel and co-products production will be evaluated by LCA. The project will have a duration of 4 years. A funding of 7,733 K€ will be requested to the EC. A specific investment for the Demo Plant will be provided by investors according to the Business Plan developed by the Consortium and by mobilizing the necessary investment support from RSFF.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/carbohydrates
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2010-2
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

A4F ALGAFUEL SA
Address
Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar Campus Do Lumiar Edificio E R/c
1649 038 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Teresa Alvarez (Ms.)

Participants (10)

Ecocarburantes Españoles, S.A.
Spain
Address
Carretera Nacional 343, Km 7,5
Cartagena
Administrative Contact
Monica Vega Perez (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luciana Giovannetti (Prof.)
ABENGOA BIOENERGIA NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS SA
Spain
Address
Campus Palmas Altas Calle Energia Solar 1
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monica Vega Perez (Ms.)
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
Address
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84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Schneider Dori (Ms.)
FOTOSINTETICA & MICROBIOLOGICA SRL
Italy
Address
Via Di Santo Spirito 14
50125 Firenze Fi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liliana Rodolfi (Dr.)
EVODOS B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Weegbree 21
4941 VT Raamsdondsveer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Brocken (Mr.)
ALGOSOURCE TECHNOLOGIES
France
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
Jean Jenck (Dr.)
IN SRL
Italy
Address
Via Carducci 9A
33100 Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martinelli Laura (Dr.)
HART ENERGY PUBLISHING LP
United States
Address
S Voss Road 1616 Suite 1000
Houston
Administrative Contact
Tammy Klein (Ms.)
A & A F. LLI PARODI SPA
Italy
Address
Via Valverde
Campomorone
Administrative Contact
Roberto Repetto (Mr.)