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Sustainable production of next generation biofuels from waste streams

Sustainable production of next generation biofuels from waste streams

Objective

WASTE2FUELS aims to develop next generation biofuel technologies capable of converting agrofood waste (AFW) streams into high quality biobutanol.

Butanol is one of the most promising biofuels due to its superior fuel properties compared to current main biofuels, bioethanol and biodiesel. In addition to its ability to reduce carbon emissions, its higher energy content (almost 30% more than ethanol), its ability to blend with both gasoline and diesel, its lower risk of separation and corrosion, its resistance to water absorption, allowing it to be transported in pipes and carriers used by gasoline, it offers a very exciting advantage for adoption as engines require almost no modifications to use it.

The main WASTE2FUELS innovations include:

• Development of novel pretreatment methods for converting AFW to an appropriate feedstock for biobutanol production thus dramatically enlarging current available biomass for biofuels production
• Genetically modified microorganisms for enhancing conversion efficiencies of the biobutanol fermentation process
• Coupled recovery and biofilm reactor systems for enhancing conversion efficiencies of Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol fermentation
• Development of new routes for biobutanol production via ethanol catalytic conversion
• Biobutanol engine tests and ecotoxicological assessment of the produced biobutanol
• Valorisation of the process by-products
• Development of an integrated model to optimise the waste-to-biofuel conversion and facilitate the industrial scale-up
• Process fingerprint analysis by environmental and techno-economic assessment
• Biomass supply chain study and design of a waste management strategy for rural development

By valorising 50% of the unavoidable and undervalorised AFW as feedstock for biobutanol production, WASTE2FUELS could divert up to 45 M tonnes of food waste from EU landfills, preventing 18 M tonnes of GHG and saving almost 0.5 billion litres of fossil fuels.
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Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Address

Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 516 375

Participants (20)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 525 625

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO AGRARIO DE CASTILLA Y LEON

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 350 748,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 335 070

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 341 202,50

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 277 198,75

BEUTH-HOCHSCHULE FUER TECHNIK BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 210 500

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 521 756

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 299 656

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 343 818,75

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 155 016,25

WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 249 616

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 295 951

BIOPOX SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 167 050

TOMSA DESTIL SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 263 125

ENCO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 139 062,50

ARGUS Umweltbiotechnologie GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 184 995

ELVIO ANONYMI ETAIREIA SYSTIMATON PARAGOGIS YDROGONOU KAI ENERGEIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 181 976

SOLARIS BIOTECHNOLOGY SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 270 000

ABENGOA RESEARCH SL

Spain

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE TOULOUSE

France

EU Contribution

€ 361 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654623

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.3.1.

H2020-EU.3.3.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 989 743,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 989 742,50

Coordinated by:

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain