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Sustainable production of next generation biofuels from waste streams

Objective

WASTE2FUELS aims to develop next generation biofuel technologies capable of converting agrofood waste (AFW) streams into high quality biobutanol.

Butanol is one of the most promising biofuels due to its superior fuel properties compared to current main biofuels, bioethanol and biodiesel. In addition to its ability to reduce carbon emissions, its higher energy content (almost 30% more than ethanol), its ability to blend with both gasoline and diesel, its lower risk of separation and corrosion, its resistance to water absorption, allowing it to be transported in pipes and carriers used by gasoline, it offers a very exciting advantage for adoption as engines require almost no modifications to use it.

The main WASTE2FUELS innovations include:

• Development of novel pretreatment methods for converting AFW to an appropriate feedstock for biobutanol production thus dramatically enlarging current available biomass for biofuels production
• Genetically modified microorganisms for enhancing conversion efficiencies of the biobutanol fermentation process
• Coupled recovery and biofilm reactor systems for enhancing conversion efficiencies of Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol fermentation
• Development of new routes for biobutanol production via ethanol catalytic conversion
• Biobutanol engine tests and ecotoxicological assessment of the produced biobutanol
• Valorisation of the process by-products
• Development of an integrated model to optimise the waste-to-biofuel conversion and facilitate the industrial scale-up
• Process fingerprint analysis by environmental and techno-economic assessment
• Biomass supply chain study and design of a waste management strategy for rural development

By valorising 50% of the unavoidable and undervalorised AFW as feedstock for biobutanol production, WASTE2FUELS could divert up to 45 M tonnes of food waste from EU landfills, preventing 18 M tonnes of GHG and saving almost 0.5 billion litres of fossil fuels.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management

Call for proposal

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

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 516 375

Participants (20)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 525 625
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO AGRARIO DE CASTILLA Y LEON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 350 748,75
Address
Ctra.burgos Km 119
47071 Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 335 070
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 341 202,50
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 198,75
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEUTH-HOCHSCHULE FUER TECHNIK BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 210 500
Address
Luxemburger Strasse 10
13353 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
EU contribution
€ 521 756
Address
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84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 299 656
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 343 818,75
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 155 016,25
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 249 616
Address
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EXERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 295 951
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOPOX SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 167 050
Address
Viale Maria Bakunin 12
80125 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TOMSA DESTIL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 263 125
Address
Calle Bahia De Pollensa 21
28042 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENCO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 139 062,50
Address
Via Michelangelo Schipa 115
80122 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARGUS Umweltbiotechnologie GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 184 995
Address
Kitzingstrasse 11-13
12277 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELVIO ANONYMI ETAIREIA SYSTIMATON PARAGOGIS YDROGONOU KAI ENERGEIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 181 976
Address
Peo Patron Athinon 10
265 00 Rio Patra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOLARIS BIOTECHNOLOGY SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Via Bachelet 58
46047 Porto Mantovano Mn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABENGOA RESEARCH SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
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)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE TOULOUSE
France
EU contribution
€ 361 000
Address
Avenue De Rangueil 135
31077 Toulouse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments