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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).

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

INSTITUT UNIV DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA SA
Address
Calle Alvarez De Castro 63
08100 Mollet Del Valles
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 972 720
Administrative Contact
Roberto Horcajada Navas (Dr.)

Participants (15)

Consorzio In.Bio - Consorzio per l'Innovazione e la Bioeconomia
Italy
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Via Anguillarese 301
00123 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandro Campana (Dr.)
SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 289 920
Address
Vazovova 5
81243 Bratislava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Zemanová (Ms.)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 278 760
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paola Castrillo (Ms.)
VIOMICHANIA RITINON MEGARON ANASTASIOS FANIS ANONYMOS ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 201 400
Address
38Th Km Neo Athinon Korinthou Attiki
19100 Megara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charalambos Varelas (Dr.)
BIOZOON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 299 294,82
Address
Nansenstr. 8
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mathias Kück (Mr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 606 658
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angelo Di Guglielmo (Dr.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 222 430,82
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cæsar Szwebs (Mr.)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
EU contribution
€ 479 655,60
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tove Lillian Honstad (Ms.)
DBFZ DEUTSCHES BIOMASSEFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 494 189,50
Address
Torgauer Strasse 116
04347 Leipzig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birgit Woggon (Ms.)
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE VALPARAISO
Chile
EU contribution
€ 315 504
Address
Avenida Brasil 2950
N/A Valparaiso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Etienne Choupay (Mr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 291 730
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rory Jordan (Mr.)
NEXTCHEM SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 265 447,20
Address
Via Di Vannina 88/94
00156 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michela Natalini (Ms.)
HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN - UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 99 345,18
Address
An Der Karlstadt 8
27568 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tanja Mackeprang (Ms.)
CENTIV GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 245 080
Address
Villinger Weg 10
28816 Stuhr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Malte Bethke (Dr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 622 343,88
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kim Dam-Johansen