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TORrefying wood with Ethanol as a Renewable Output: large-scale demonstration

Objective

Torero will demonstrate a cost-, resource-, and energy-efficient technology concept for producing bioethanol from a wood waste feedstock, fully integrated in a large-scale, industrially functional steel mill:
- Wood waste is converted to biocoal by torrefaction
- Biocoal replaces fossil powdered coal in a steel mill blast furnace
- Carbon monoxide in blast furnace exhaust fumes is microbially fermented to bioethanol
- Material and energy loops of the process are closed to a very large degree
Every steel mill that implements this concept will be able to produce at least 80 million litres of bioethanol per year. This project creates a value chain for wood waste, which currently has no attractive applications. The technology concept is open ended: in the future, stakeholders may replicate the concept with other feedstocks and for producing other types of fuels.
The business case the Torero project will produce a competitive process for non-food feedstock bioethanol production. Compared with the current first generation production based cellulosic bio-ethanol solution the Torero innovation the OPEX of Torero is 1/3 lower with a same CAPEX. This will allow scale up of torrefaction technology when successfully demonstrated.
Most importantly, together with sister project Steelanol, Torero will be the only H2020 project to demonstrate a biofuel production process that is integrated in an existing, fully functional large-scale industrial facility. All other H2020 solutions will need to be newly built if they ever reach full industrial scale. Torero is add-on technology that can be used to upgrade existing facilities of the steel sector, an industry that is actively scouting for technological solutions to make its production processes more sustainable. The consortium consist of full value chain, industry ArcelorMittal and Van Gansewinkel, two expert research organisations Joanneum Research and Chalmers Technical University and torrefaction technology supplier Torr-Coal.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-RES-IA
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ARCELORMITTAL BELGIUM NV
Address
Keizerinlaan 66
1000 Brussel
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 7 778 850,63

Participants (5)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 537 943,75
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RENEWI
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 798 125
Address
Berkenbossenlaan 7
2400 Mol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 622 965
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
TORR-COAL INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 635 031,25
Address
Nusterweg 69
6136 KT Sittard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments