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Direct Ethanol from MicroAlgae

Objective

"The DEMA Consortium will develop, demonstrate and licence a complete economically competitive technology for the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae with low-cost scalable photobioreactors by 2016. Initial proof-of-concept results show via Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and economic balance that it is feasible to use microalgae to produce bioethanol for less than € 0.40 per litre. The catalytic conversion of solar energy, H2O and CO2 into ethanol will be carried out by a metabolically engineered strain of the cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.
The DEMA Project will carry out research and development on the complete biofuel-production process at two levels. In the first level, the performance of cyanobacteria will be substantially enhanced by a series of metabolic engineering strategies to directly transform CO2, H2O and sunlight into Bioethanol at a concentration level of >1-2% (v/v). In the second level the bioethanol is continuously extracted from the culture media via a membrane technology process exploiting existing EU expertise and technology. This elegant process design enables the economic and energy efficient production of Biofuel at a dramatically reduced Capital and Operational expenditure. LCA performance is excellent and the overall approach is likely to be superior to any other alternative process design either proposed in the literature or by the US biofuels firm Algenol. We will also study exploitation of the residual biomass for other energy related applications to generate an even better total LCA.
The DEMA bioethanol process will be economically, socially, and environmentally positive, providing a complement and future replacement to terrestrial biomass-derived ethanol and act as an immediately actionable means of reducing the carbon footprint of EU transport needs. The DEMA consortium will achieve a Transformational Innovation in biofuel production via low risk improvement of existing technologies at proof of concept stage."

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-1-2STAGE
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 458 758
Administrative Contact
Con Sheahan (Dr.)

Participants (9)

A4F ALGAFUEL SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 755 100
Address
Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar Campus Do Lumiar Edificio E R/c
1649 038 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vitor Verdelho Vieira (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 245 809,75
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Klaas Hellingwerf (Prof.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 990 863,20
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
TURUN YLIOPISTO

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 92 085,74
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mari Riipinen (Dr.)
PHOTANOL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 222 929,50
Address
Science Park 406
1098 XH Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
M. Joost Teixeira De Mattos (Prof.)
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 250 166,25
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carvalho Ana Claudia (Ms.)
ERCANE GIE
France
EU contribution
€ 116 453,60
Address
Route Gabriel Mace 40
97494 Sainte Clotilde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bertrand Siegmund (Mr.)
PERVATECH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 274 092
Address
Heliumstraat 11
7463 PL Rijssen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frans Velterop
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 542 176,70
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)