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Developing the next generation Macro-Algae based biofuels for transportation via advanced bio-refinery processes

Developing the next generation Macro-Algae based biofuels for transportation via advanced bio-refinery processes

Objective

MacroFuels aims to produce advanced biofuels from seaweed or macro-algae. The targeted biofuels are ethanol, butanol, furanics and biogas. The project will achieve a breakthrough in biofuel production from macroalgae by:

• Increasing the biomass supply by developing a rotating crop scheme for cultivation of seaweed, using native, highly productive brown, red and green seaweeds. Combined with the use of advanced textile substrates these breakthroughs will result in a year round biomass yield of 25 kg seaweeds (wet weight) per m2 per year harvested at 1000m2/hr;
• Improving the pre-treatment and storage of seaweed and to yield fermentable and convertible sugars at economically relevant concentrations (10-30%);
• Increasing the bio-ethanol production to economically viable concentrations of > 4%/l and;
• Increasing the bio-butanol yield to 15 g./l by developing novel fermenting organisms which metabolize all sugars at 90% efficiency for ethanol and butanol;
• Increasing the biogas yield to convert 90% of the available carbon in the residues by adapting the organisms to seaweed;
• Developing the thermochemical conversion of sugars to fuels from the mg. scale to the kg. scale;
• Performing an integral techno-economic, sustainability and risk assessment of the entire seaweed to biofuel chain.

MacroFuels will develop technology for the production of fuels which are suitable as liquid fuels or precursor thereof for the heavy transport sector as well as potentially for the aviation sector. The technology will be taken from TRL3 to TRL 4/5.

MacroFuels will expand the biomass available for the production of advanced biofuels. Seaweed does not need fresh water, arable land or fertilizers to grow, which provides environmental benefits, and in addition has a high carbon dioxide reduction potential as well as reduces the demand for natural resources on land. The technology offers many novel opportunities for employment along the entire value chain.

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

Address

Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 587 481,25

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STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 679 216,25

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 994 702,50

AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 550 000

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 727 943,75

SIOEN INDUSTRIES NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 443 012,50

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 167 653,75

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 464 977,50

CLANCY HAUSSLER RITA

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 204 650

MATIS OHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 605 250

Fermentationexperts AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 235 625

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 339 380

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654010

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.3.1.

H2020-EU.3.3.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 999 892,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 999 892,50

Coordinated by:

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

Denmark