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Reliable Bio-based Refinery Intermediates

Objective

The EU targets at replacing 10% of all transport fossil fuels with biofuels by 2020 to reduce the dependence on petroleum through the use of nationally, regionally or locally produced biofuels, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, the EU is concerned with the questionable sustainability of the conventional biofuels and the unattractive production costs of second and third generation biofuels. The BioMates project aspires to contribute to the drastic increase of non-food/feed biomass utilisation for the production of greener transportation fuels via an effective and sustainable new production pathway. The project will validate the proposed innovative technology which has the potential of over 49 million tons CO2-eq savings, at least 7% crude oil imports reduction which corresponds to over 7 billion € savings for EU, while indicating its socio-economic, environmental and health expected benefits.

The main premise of the BioMates project is the cost-effective and decentralized valorization of residual (straw) and nonfood (Miscanthus) biomass for the production of bio-based products of over 99% bioenergy content. The bio-based products’ targeted market is the EU refining sector, utilizing them as a bio-based co-feed of reliable, standardizable properties for underlying conversion units, yielding high bio-content hybrid fuels which are compatible with conventional combustion systems. The BioMates approach is based on innovative non-food/feed biomass conversion technologies, including ablative fast pyrolysis and mild catalytic hydrotreating, while incorporating state-of-the-art renewable H2-production technology as well as optimal energy integration. The proposed pathway for decarbonizing the transportation fuels will be demonstrated via TRL5 units, allowing the development of an integrated, sustainability-driven business case encompassing commercial and social exploitation strategy.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/forestry/silviculture/coppicing
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-RES-CCS-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 141 275

Participants (8)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 229 358,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 656 672,50
Address
Technicka 5
166 28 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 450 001,25
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 310
Address
Wilckensstrasse 3
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
HYET HYDROGEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 940 673,75
Address
Westervoortsedijk 71 K
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RANIDO, S.R.O.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 340 000
Address
Thakurova 531/4
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BP EUROPA SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 267 500
Address
Uberseeallee 1
20457 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RISE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CENTER AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 523 525
Address
Industrigatan 1
941 28 Pitea
Activity type
Other