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Glycerol Biorefinery Approach for the Production of High Quality Products of Industrial Value

Glycerol Biorefinery Approach for the Production of High Quality Products of Industrial Value

Objective

The project GRAIL has been build with 15 partners from 9 different countries with the aim of finalising the solutions given previously to the valorization of glycerol and transform then in valuable products in a biorefinery approach

The overall concept of GRAIL project is the use, exploitation and further development of the state of the art in the field of bio-based products from glycerol and the development research-driven cluster for the use of crude glycerol for the production of high-value platforms, as well as valued end products, harnessing the biotech processes. Therefore GRAIL project has a strong business focus and its ultimate goal is to set up implantation of biorefineries in close relationship with biodiesel.

This project's aim is to develop a set of technologies for converting waste glycerol from biodiesel production in a biorefinery concept to end with products of high value such as 1,3 propanediol, Fatty acid glycerol formal esters, PolyHydroxyAlkanoates (PHA), Hydrogen and Ethanol, Synthetic coatings, powder coating resins, Secondary Glycerol Amine, Biobutanol, Trehalose, Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), ß-carotene, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), … .

The GRAIL project has designed an overall strategy based on three main pillars covering all the value chain:

Pillar 1: Raw materials: Evaluation of crude glycerol and purification
Pillar 2: Product development: Research and development to transform crude glycerol into other high added value such as biofuels, green chemicals and food supplements
Pillar 3: Industrial feasibility aspects including economic and environmental evaluation. This pillar will take the results of GRAIL from the product development to the industrial site. To carry out that the technical feasibility will be study on a pilot plant in a Demonstration (and the results will be important to evaluate the LCA and the economic feasibility (WP6).
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Coordinator

INSTITUT UNIV DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA SA

Address

Calle Alvarez De Castro 63
08100 Mollet Del Valles

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 972 720

Administrative Contact

Roberto Horcajada Navas (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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Consorzio In.Bio - Consorzio per l'Innovazione e la Bioeconomia

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 270 000

SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 289 920

VERTECH GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 278 760

VIOMICHANIA RITINON MEGARON ANASTASIOS FANIS ANONYMOS ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 201 400

BIOZOON GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 299 294,82

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 606 658

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 222 430,82

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 479 655,60

DBFZ DEUTSCHES BIOMASSEFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 494 189,50

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE VALPARAISO

Chile

EU Contribution

€ 315 504

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 291 730

NEXTCHEM SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 265 447,20

HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN - UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 99 345,18

CENTIV GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 245 080

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 622 343,88

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613667

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 867 807,49

  • EU contribution

    € 5 954 479

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT UNIV DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA SA

Spain

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