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Development of competitive, next generation biofuels from municipal solid waste

Objective

The objective of BioRen is to develop techno-economical competitive drop-in biofuels for road transport from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW). A higher value fuel is targeted: glycerol tertiary butyl ether (GTBE) is a promising fuel additive to both diesel and gasoline that improves engine performance and cuts harmful exhaust emissions (i.e. fine dust). It can be blended in higher amounts than e.g. ethanol, without having to change the engine. Bio-ethanol and bio-isobutanol from OFMSW are required intermediaries in this innovation path towards GTBE. Their specific business case as second generation drop-in fuel will be compared to the bio-GTBE business case, to select the most sustainable option for building a demo plant. The project will develop a pretreatment method, industrial 2G Saccharomyces strains that produce ethanol and isobutanol respectively and chemical dehydration to convert isobutanol into isobutene. The isobutene is converted into GTBE by adding Category 1 glycerol, another problematic waste stream. The resulting fuels (ethanol, isobutanol and GTBE) will be tested in engine tests to provide feedback regarding their performance, emission results and fuel use. This ambitious project is continuously monitored by LCA, techno-economic, market and regulatory and IP analysis in order to come up with a realistic business plan. The developed processes will be integrated in a revolutionary MSW treatment plant that combines the most efficient technologies of material reuse, and is currently looking into optimising the profitability of its organic waste fraction. The project consortium has all the required players to succeed: 3 RTO’s address the research challenges, 7 SMEs either bring in their technological developments or are a scale-up partner that bring the processes to min. TRL5. The project is led by a financial consultancy that invests in the MSW demonstration treatment plant.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-RES-SingleStage
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Coordinator

D.C. CORPORATE FINANCE
Address
Waterlelielaan 1
9032 Wondelgem
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 237 200

Participants (10)

RENASCI
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 786 500
Address
Waterlelielaan 1
9032 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTYTUT GOSPODARKI SUROWCAMI MINERALNYMI I ENERGIA PAN
Poland
EU contribution
€ 282 500
Address
Ul. Jozefa Wybickiego 7A
31 261 Krakow
Activity type
Research Organisations
DRYSEP BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 121 250
Address
Prins Hendrikstraat 16
7001 GL Doetinchem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VOSSEN LABORATORIES INT. BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 207 500
Address
Graafschap Hornelaan 182
6004 HT Weert
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 189 875
Address
Rodenhuizekaai 1
9042 Desteldonk Gent
Activity type
Other
VIB VZW

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 428 503,75
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
PROCEDE GROUP BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 825 000
Address
Vlierstraat 111
7500 AH Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INGELIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 310 262,50
Address
Calle Jaime Roig 19 Bajo
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 386 226
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOVELYEAST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 196 496,25
Address
Banhagestraat 40
3052 Oud Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)