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Technology for 2G biofuel and biosolvents production verified in a pilot plant

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Pioneering technology for producing renewable biobutanol fuel

Bioethanol plays a central role in the transportation industry as a commercially available liquid fuel additive. As a bioadditive in petrol, this clean fuel is mixed with petrol to run automobiles. However, applying bioadditives is an issue today because they belong to first-generation biofuels. Even a new bioethanol production technology for gasoline still lacks capabilities. The EU-funded BIO2G project will develop a novel biorefinery technology to produce second-generation, eco-friendly biofuel (biobutanol) and biosolvents (bioacetone, bioethanol) from lignocellulose raw materials. It will verify the technology’s feasibility and sustainability in a pilot plant. The project should lower greenhouse gases by substituting food- or feed-based raw materials with non-food raw materials.


The project shall provide unique BIO2G biorefinery technology for production of the 2nd generation environmental-friendly biofuel (biobutanol) and biosolvents (bioacetone, bioethanol) from lignocellulose raw materials. The technology is innovative combination of two existing technologies, where the first is pre-treatment of biomass with follow-up production of sugars and second one is ABE technology, for production of biobutanol, bioacetone and bioethanol, where raw materials are C5 and C6 sugars.

The BIO2G process is the result of research of the Consortium and verified on a laboratory prototype, addresses the following problems of the biofuel market: (a) Reduction of GHG emission from transport fuels by (b) Substitution of food or feed origin raw materials for biofuels production, by non-food raw materials, thus, fulfilling of future EU legislation criteria set for production and usage of 2nd generation biofuels.

Economic and societal impact: (a) creates a new form of agricultural and forest residuals utilization for industrial production (b) opportunity for utilizing polluted and low-grated soil for the cultivation of energy plants used for BIO2G technology. These new opportunities enable the utilization of non-food raw materials for BIO2G and shall create a new era of rural development with new farm job opportunities.

The three key inter-related objectives and deliverables of the project: I. Detailed development of the proposed BIO2G technology for biofuels and biosolvents production updated by the verification result. II. Practical verification of the feasibility and sustainability the BIO2G technology in a pilot plant in different processing scenarios (by raw material type, process parameters, cost of operations). III. Transfer of know-how and technical assistance for multiple deployment of BIO2G in other regions of the EU. Formation of BIO2G international research and business partner network.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
821 04 Bratislava

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Slovensko Bratislavský kraj Bratislavský kraj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 71 429,00

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