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Next Generation Bio-butanol

Next Generation Bio-butanol

Objective

Biobutanol is an attractive commodity chemical and advanced biofuel with superior properties but the 1st gen process suffers from technical and economical constraints. ButaNexT project aims to overcome some of those technical barriers through a novel combination of innovations. Individual stages of the process supply chain will be developed, validated and optimized at lab-scale and then integrated and demonstrated at pilot scale. A holistic approach is proposed to produce cost-competitive biobutanol from 3 types of lignocellulosic biomass and waste in a sustainable way being flexible to accommodate regionally specific feedstocks.
Project exploitable outputs include:
(1)novel low CAPEX two-step pretreatment process that releases hemicellulose and cellulose from recalcitrant feedstocks for further enzymatic and/or fermentation processing,
(2)new tailored enzyme cocktail yielding highly fermentable sugars at low enzyme dosages and lower cost,
(3)superior clostridial strains with enhanced production characteristics i.e. butanol and inhibitor tolerance,
(4)high productivity fermentation process including a novel in-situ product recovery step.
Technology advances allow sustainable feedstock diversification, improve conversion yields and efficiency, reduce energy requirements, and water usage. We expect significant reductions in cost (target $800/T which equates to 50% of current 1st gen solvent production in China) as well as enhanced energy balances and reduced GHG emissions vs 1st gen biofuel production (target a 85% reduction).
The project output (a technically and economically-validated process) will provide the EU with a tremendous opportunity to build an advanced biofuel business from sustainable feedstocks. This is strategically important to contribute to the European 10% target for renewable transportation fuels for 2020.
The proposed project fits into the topic ”Developing next generation technologies for biofuels and sustainable alternative fuels” (LCE-11-2014)
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Coordinator

Green Biologics Ltd.

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45a Western Avenue, Milton Park
Ox144ru Abingdon

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 731 000

Participants (9)

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TECNICAS REUNIDAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 920 687,50

FUNDACION CENER-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 681 011,50

DYADIC NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 137 747,74

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 132 500

UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 493 375

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 619 935

E4TECH (UK) LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 210 405

ZABALA INNOVATION CONSULTING, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 309 875

METGEN OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 362 877,26

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 640462

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.3.1.

H2020-EU.3.3.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 599 414

  • EU contribution

    € 4 599 414

Coordinated by:

Green Biologics Ltd.

United Kingdom