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Development of bio-oil dewatering and fractionation processes and testing of upgraded bio-oil as engine fuel and feedstock for the production of lubricants

Objective

"There is globally a large and growing market for biofuels, mainly due to environmental and safety of energy supply concerns, which is only limited by production capacity and competitive prices. Currently, the market is almost totally based on 1st generation biofuels, which have negative implications to global food resources. Therefore the rising pressure towards shifting to biomass residues and waste feedstock, is only hampered by the strong scientific and technological barriers still hindering the economic sustainability of so-called second generation biofuels production. The lead SME in the GREEN-OIL project holds a promising innovative process, based on microwave enhanced catalytic depolymerisation for the production of second generation bio-oil from feedstock materials like agricultural, industrial or municipal organic waste. However, currently the process generates bio-oil with high water content and consequently low sales price. The group of SMEs behind the GREEN-OIL project aims at developing new technology to upgrade this bio-oil for utilization in transportation (engine fuels) and for the production of lubricants. Specifically, the consortium wants to develop (1) an innovative dewatering process to reduce bio-oil water content below 2% and (2) a new fractionation process and conversion schemes for refining the dewatered bio-oil. Furthermore, the refined bio-oil will be tested as engine fuel, and the heavier fractions will be assessed as fossil crude replacement for manufacturing lubricants. Consequently, the GREEN-OIL project will strongly increase the competitiveness and economy of the participating SMEs by providing them with state-of-the-art technology for bio-oil upgrading, therefore widening the applicability of this product to new added-value markets."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/tribology/lubrication
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ORGANIC FUEL TECHNOLOGY AS
Address
Kantorparken 35
8240 Risskov
Denmark
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 167 576
Administrative Contact
Tommy Larsen (Mr.)

Participants (6)

Process Integration Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 256 163
Address
One Central Park, Nordhampton Road, Monsall
M40 5 BP Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robin Smith (Prof.)
ZIMMERMANN GMBH DOKUMENTATION UND VERFAHRENSTECHNIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 483 510
Address
Rathausstrasse 35
74613 Ohringen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Zimmermann (Mr.)
DHI
Denmark
Address
Agern Alle 5
2970 Horsholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Morten Møller Klausen (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Schmidt (Ms.)
INSTYTUT CIEZKIEJ SYNTEZY ORGANICZNEJ BLACHOWNIA
Poland
Address
Ulica Energetykow 9
47 225 Kedzierzyn Kozle
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Adriana Muszynska (Ms.)