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Valorisation of biorefinery by-products leading to closed loop systems with improved economic and environmental performance

Objective

The Valor-Plus supports the realisation of sustainable, economically viable closed loop integrated biorefineries through the development of new knowledge, (bio-)technologies and products that enable valorisation of key biorefinery by-products. The project comprises five key areas:
• Pre-treatment and fractionation: development of a novel methodology for the controlled and selective breakdown, release and fractionation of the lignocellulose biomass to minimally degraded cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin fractions that are suitable for further downstream refinement and processing to value product streams
• Hemicellulose Valorisation: engineering of new enzymes and microorganisms for the controlled hydrolysis and transformation of hemicellulose to high value oligomers and bulk fermentation product streams (butanol, ethanol and single cell proteins for animal feed)
• Lignin Valorisation: utilisation of combined chemo-enzymatic and chemo-microbial processes for the controlled depolymerisation and transformation of standardised lignin feedstocks to discrete families of platform and intermediate macromolecular and monomer chemicals; and their subsequent transformation to value product streams (fuels, platform chemicals, monomers for synthesis of resins and functional additives)
• Glycerol Valorisation: engineering of new microorganisms that are the suitable for the fermentation of crude glycerol to higher value product streams (lipids, alcohols and organic acids)
• Demonstration of the technological and economic potential for integration and scale-up within existing and future biorefinery value chains: including: demonstration of component technologies, focused biodiesel refinery case study, roadmaps for technology and product stream integration, and a full life cycle assessment

The project assembles an industrially focused pan-European consortium spanning the complete biorefinery value chain, including 9 SMEs, 1 large enterprise, 2 research centres and 3 universities

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/organic acids
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/alcohols
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/animal husbandry/animal feed
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 193 957,18
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (13)

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 913 325,01
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
ABENGOA RESEARCH SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 289 121,89
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
álvaro Pérez Martínez (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 558 235
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franca Di Censo (Dr.)
BIOBASIC ENVIRONNEMENT SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 279 960
Address
Biopole Clermont Limagne
63360 Saint-beauzire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geoffrey Perchet (Dr.)
KNAUER WISSENSCHAFTLICHE GERATE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 357 720
Address
Hegauer Weg 38
14163 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthias Luebbert (Dr.)
ASA SPEZIALENZYME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 449 949,09
Address
Am Exer 19 C
38302 Wolfenbuttel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arno Cordes (Dr.)
VOGELBUSCH BIOCOMMODITIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 790 240
Address
Blechturmgasse 11
1050 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Ginter (Dr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 451 655
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Viñas (Mrs.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 148 379,83
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mahendra Parmar (Mr.)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE BIOEMPRESAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 333 612
Address
Calle Diego De Leon 44 2 Drcha
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Isabel Garcia Carneros (Mrs.)
FUNDACION CARTIF
Spain
EU contribution
€ 423 680
Address
Pq Tecnologico Boecillo 205
47151 Boecillo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mónica Ruiz (Mrs.)
BETA RENOWABLE GROUP SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 280 200
Address
Avenida Jardin Botanico 1345 Zona Intra Oficina 5
33203 Gijon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Gonzalez Miranda (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 943 720
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Liebl (Prof.)