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Combined Ultrasonic and Enzyme treatment of Lignocellulosic Feedstock as Substrate for Sugar Based Biotechnological Applications

Objective

US4GREENCHEM aims to design a biorefinery concept for the complete valorization of lignocellulosic biomass that is energy- and cost- efficient and based solely on green technologies. The concept combines mechanical pretreatment of the substrate with the aid of ultrasound to overcome its recalcitrance and disrupt inhibitors with mild CO2 hemicellulose degradation and with the enzymatic recovery of sugars and technologies for the valorization of the byproducts released in the process.
Aim of the Project
- Develop ultrasound (US) pretreatment that effectively disrupts the lignocellulosic matrix.
- Further degrade lignocellulose with CO2 technologies to maximize release of sugars as main target
products of the process.
- Develop purification and conversion strategies for lignin-based products, in order to maximize the material valorization of the biomass components.
- Valorize the solid residues of the product for energy.
- Optimize the yield and reduce by 50% the cost of enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose fibers.
- Test for fermentability of the sugar fraction
- Propose effective integration and upscaling to strategies pilot scale through the experienced industrial partners involved in the project.
- Perform a thorough analysis of the outcomes of the proposed combination of technologies to evaluate the potential economic and environmental impacts and compare the proposed concept to existing technologies on the market and being currently developed.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-PPP-2014-1
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Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 618 242,50

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 315 557,50
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WEBER ULTRASONICS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 423 532
Address
Im Hinteracker 7
76307 Karlsbad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 173 443
Address
Uhlandstrasse 22
27576 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 551 407,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
UAB BIOCENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 368 335
Address
Graiciuno 10
02241 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LATVIJAS VALSTS KOKSNES KIMIJAS INSTITUTS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 327 835
Address
Dzerbenes St. 27
1006 Riga
Activity type
Research Organisations
FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 279 415
Address
Rijnkade 17 A
1382 GS Weesp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 399 835
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
JOWAT SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ernst-hilker-strasse 10-14
32758 Detmold
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)