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Low temperature hydrogen production from second generation biomass

Objective

The aim of HyTime is to deliver a bioprocess for decentral H2 production from 2nd generation biomass with a productivity of 1-10 kg H2/d. The novel strategy in HyTime is to employ thermophilic bacteria which have shown superior yields in H2 production from biomass in the previous FP6 IP HYVOLUTION.
Biomass in HyTime is grass, straw, molasses or unsold organic goods from supermarkets. The biomass is fractionated and converted to H2 at high efficiency unique for thermophilic fermentation. Dedicated bioreactors and gas upgrading devices for biosystems will be constructed to increase productivity. The H2 production unit will be independent of external energy supply by applying anaerobic digestion to valorize residues. HyTime adds to the security of supply H2 from local sources and eradicates geopolitical dependence.
HyTime builds on HYVOLUTION with 5 partners expanding their research efforts. Three new industrial partners, 2 of which are NEW-IG members, have joined this team with specialist expertise in 2nd generation biomass fractionation and gastechnology. This way a pan-european critical mass in agro- and biotechnological research, the energy and hydrogen sector is assembled to enforce a breakthrough in bioH2 production. The participation of prominent specialists with interdisciplinary competences from academia (1 research institute and 2 universities) and industries (3 SMEs and 2 industries) warrants high scientific quality and rapid commercialization by exploitation of project results and reinforces the European Research Area in sustainable issues.
The partners in HyTime have a complementary value in being developers or stake-holders for new market outlets or starting specialist enterprises stimulating new agro-industrial activities to boost the realization of H2 from renewable resources. The concept of HyTime will facilitate the transition to a hydrogen economy by increasing public awareness of the benefits of a clean and renewable energy carrier.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 549 427
Administrative Contact
Ruben Van Deursen (Mr.)

Participants (8)

AWITE BIOENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 207 248
Address
Grunseiboldsdorfer Weg 5
85416 Langenbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ernst Murnleitner (Dr.)
PARCO SCIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO PER LAMBIENTE ENVIRONMENT PARK TORINO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 190 218
Address
Galleria San Federico 54 Co Finpiemonte
10100 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paola Zitella (Dr.)
HEIJMANS TECHNIEK & MOBILITEIT B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 3 287
Address
Ertveldweg 31
5231 XA S Hertogenbosch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jos Heerkens (Mr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 238 382
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 210 159
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anton Friedl (Prof.)
WIEDEMANN-POLSKA PROJEKT SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Participation ended

Poland
EU contribution
€ 90 774
Address
Ul. Janiszowska 8
02-264 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monika Stepien (Ms.)
HYGEAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 92 541
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ellart De Wit (Dr.)
VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT RECHERCHE ET INNOVATION SNC
France
EU contribution
€ 24 864
Address
Chemin De La Digue
78600 Maisons Laffitte
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Hurel (Mr.)