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Combined Ultrasonic and Enzyme treatment of Lignocellulosic Feedstock as Substrate for Sugar Based Biotechnological Applications

Objective

US4GREENCHEM aims to design a biorefinery concept for the complete valorization of lignocellulosic biomass that is energy- and cost- efficient and based solely on green technologies. The concept combines mechanical pretreatment of the substrate with the aid of ultrasound to overcome its recalcitrance and disrupt inhibitors with mild CO2 hemicellulose degradation and with the enzymatic recovery of sugars and technologies for the valorization of the byproducts released in the process.
Aim of the Project
- Develop ultrasound (US) pretreatment that effectively disrupts the lignocellulosic matrix.
- Further degrade lignocellulose with CO2 technologies to maximize release of sugars as main target
products of the process.
- Develop purification and conversion strategies for lignin-based products, in order to maximize the material valorization of the biomass components.
- Valorize the solid residues of the product for energy.
- Optimize the yield and reduce by 50% the cost of enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose fibers.
- Test for fermentability of the sugar fraction
- Propose effective integration and upscaling to strategies pilot scale through the experienced industrial partners involved in the project.
- Perform a thorough analysis of the outcomes of the proposed combination of technologies to evaluate the potential economic and environmental impacts and compare the proposed concept to existing technologies on the market and being currently developed.
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Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV

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Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 618 242,50

Participants (9)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 315 557,50

WEBER ULTRASONICS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 423 532

ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 173 443

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 551 407,50

UAB BIOCENTRAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 368 335

LATVIJAS VALSTS KOKSNES KIMIJAS INSTITUTS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 327 835

FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 279 415

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 399 835

JOWAT SE

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 669055

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 803 925

  • EU contribution

    € 3 457 602,50

Coordinated by:

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV

Germany