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New technology and strategy for a large and sustainable deployment of second generation biofuel in rural areas

Objective

The business model currently under development for second generation ethanol is a replication of the model used for first generation which is plants with massive annual production capacities. Such high production rates require high capital investment and huge amounts of biomasses (250-350,000 tons per year) concentrated in small radius catchment areas to afford transportation costs (50 km). Under such conditions, opportunities for installing plants in most rural areas in Europe and worldwide are scarce. The objective of the project is to develop an alternative solution for the production of 2G ethanol, competitive at smaller industrial scale and therefore applicable to a large amount of countries, rural areas and feedstocks. The target is to reach technical, environmental and economical viabilities in production units processing at least 30,000 tons equivalent dry biomass per year. This approach will definitely enlarge the scope of biomass feedstocks exploitable for the production of biofuel and create better conditions for the deployment of production sites, to the benefit of rural areas in Europe and worldwide. The main concept underpinning the project relies on a new biomass conversion process able to run all the steps from the pretreatment of the raw material to the enzymatic pre-hydrolysis in one-stage-reactor under mild operating conditions. This new process recently developed to TRL 4, offers the most integrated and compact solution for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of ethanol developed so far, and it will lead to reduced capital and operation expenditures. The new process will be developed to TRL 5 in the project with the goal of achieving satisfactory technical, environmental and economical performances in relevant operation environment. The project will investigate and select business cases for installations of demonstration/first-of-a-kind small-scale industrial plants in different European and Latino American countries.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation/bioreactor

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2015-1-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE
Address
Allee Emile Monso 6
31029 Toulouse Cedex 4
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 173 343,75

Participants (14)

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 653 502,50
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE TOULOUSE
France
EU contribution
€ 608 983,66
Address
Avenue De Rangueil 135
31077 Toulouse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 557 078,75
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE DE REIMS CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE
France
EU contribution
€ 366 758,75
Address
Boulevard De La Paix 9 Villa Douce
51100 Reims
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOLAGRO ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 424 468,75
Address
Voie Du Toec 75
31076 Toulouse
Activity type
Other
MAGUIN S.A.S
France
EU contribution
€ 370 770
Address
Rue Pierre Sémard 2
02800 Charmes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Centro Mario Molina para Estudios Estrategicos sobre Energia y Medio Ambiente AC
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Paseo De Los Laureles Despacho 406 458
05120 Mexico City
Activity type
Research Organisations
Adour Pyrénées Garonne Environnement Etudes et Conseil
France
EU contribution
€ 160 343,75
Address
Zone Pyrène Aéropole
65290 Juillan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 412 737,50
Address
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA AGROPECUARIA
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 302 831,25
Address
Rivadavia 1439
C1033AAE Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Agropecuaria
Uruguay
EU contribution
€ 131 037,35
Address
Ruta 50 Km 11 Estacion Experimental
70 000 Colonia
Activity type
Research Organisations
OVALIE INNOVATION
France
EU contribution
€ 233 178,75
Address
2 Rue Marguerite Duras Zac Du Mouliot
32000 Auch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTERRIS INNOVATION
France
EU contribution
€ 178 608,75
Address
24 Avenue Marcel Dassault
31500 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)