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Direct Ethanol from MicroAlgae

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 309086

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 388 935,04

  • EU contribution

    € 4 948 434,70

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland

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."

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

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 245 809,75

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 990 863,20

TURUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 92 085,74

PHOTANOL BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 222 929,50

Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 250 166,25

ERCANE GIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 116 453,60

PERVATECH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 274 092

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 542 176,70

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 309086

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 388 935,04

  • EU contribution

    € 4 948 434,70

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland