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CAScade deoxygenation process using tailored nanoCATalysts for the production of BiofuELs from lignocellullosic biomass

Objective

The present project is aimed to the development of a multi-step process for the production of second-generation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass in a cost-efficient way through the use of tailored nanostructured catalysts. The proposed process is based on the cascade combination of three catalytic transformations: catalytic pyrolysis, intermediate deoxygenation and hydrodeoxygenation. The sequential coupling of catalytic steps will be an essential factor for achieving a progressive and controlled biomass deoxygenation, which is expected to lead to liquid biofuels with a chemical composition and properties similar to those of oil-derived fuels. According to this strategy, the best nanocatalytic system in each step will be selected to deal with the remarkable chemical complexity of lignocellulose pyrolysis products, as well as to optimize the bio-oil yield and properties. Since hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) is outlined in this scheme as the ultimate deoxygenation treatment, the overall hydrogen consumption should be strongly minimized, resulting in a significant improvement of the process economic profitability. The use of nanostructured catalysts will be the key tool for obtaining in each chemical step of the cascade process, the optimum deoxygenation degree, as well as high efficiency, in terms both of matter and energy, minimizing at the same time the possible environmental impacts. The project will involve experiments at laboratory, bench and pilot plant scales, as well as a viability study of its possible commercial application. Thereby, the integrated process will be assessed according to technical, economic, social, safety, toxicological and environmental criteria. The consortium will be formed by 17 partners, including 4 research institutions, 6 universities, 5 large industries and 2 SME.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

Fundacion IMDEA Energia
Address
Avenida Ramon De La Sagra 3
28935 Mostoles Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 127 422,23
Administrative Contact
Nuria Merino Benito (Ms.)

Participants (17)

ENCE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SAU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 142 801,80
Address
Carretera De Barbudo Sn
36829 Ponte Caldelas Pontevedra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jordi Aguiló (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 269 886,12
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesco Maggio (Dr.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 226 160
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarka Simova (Dr.)
USTAV FYZIKALNI CHEMIE J. HEYROVSKEHO AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 333 480
Address
Dolejskova 2155/3
182 23 Praha
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jiri Cejka (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 474 501,08
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Herminia Erasmo (Ms.)
ASTON UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 537 702
Address
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paula Deenah (Ms.)
ABENGOA RESEARCH SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 204 841,22
Address
Calle Energia Solar 1 - Campus Palmas Altas Sect Sunp Gu I Parcela Ze 3
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alvaro Perez Martinez (Mr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 438 380,80
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Javier Pérez-Ramírez (Prof.)
MAX PLANCK INSTITUT FUER KOHLENFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 551 819,60
Address
Kaiser Wilhelm Platz 1
45470 Muelheim An Der Ruhr
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tanja Schymick (Mrs.)
MAST CARBON INTERNATIONAL LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 194 071,55
Address
Jays Close Viables
RG22 4BA Basingstoke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Tennison (Prof.)
SILKEM PROIZVODNJA ZEOLITOV DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 230 000
Address
Tovarniska Cesta 10
2325 Kidricevo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrej Horvat (Dr.)
NANOLOGICA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 151 372
Address
Drottning Kristinas Väg 45
114 28 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sara Anthony-Wiberg (Ms.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 776 831,25
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Athanasios Konstandopoulos (Prof.)
ENI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 126 000
Address
Piazzale Mattei Enrico 1
00144 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Calemma (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 358 552
Address
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Kaltschmitt (Prof.)
OUTOTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 224 376
Address
Ludwig Erhard Strasse 21
61440 Oberursel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tanja Schaaf (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hedges (Dr.)