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ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for Soil improvement to liquid biofuel Strategies

Objective

Biofuels are one of few options for decarbonizing transport in the short to medium term. However, they are often criticised for indirect land use change (ILUC), which is critical due to lack of high quality agricultural land and increasing world population. At the same time, significant contaminated land areas remain unused.
CERESiS aims to provide a win-win sustainable solution to both issues by facilitating land decontamination through phytoremediation, growing energy crops to produce clean biofuels. In the longer term, this will increase the land available for agriculture, while producing non-ILUC biofuel.
The project is based on three pillars. The phytoremediation pillar will identify a range of promising energy crops, focusing on key contaminants worldwide. They will be trialed in North, South, Eastern Europe and Brazil, with samples characterised and converted to biofuels.
The technological pillar will optimize two clean biofuel conversion technologies, Supercritical Water Gasification & Fast Pyrolysis integrated with novel contaminant separation technologies, focusing on eliminating, stabilising or retrieving the contaminants in an easy to manage form.
The Decision Support pillar will develop an open access, modular and expandable Decision Support System able to identify optimal solutions for each application. It will incorporate land, phytoremediation, technological, economic, environmental parameters providing critical information to stakeholders & policy makers on the suitability of combinations of phytoremediation strategies and conversion technologies for particular sites, contaminants, environmental restrictions etc. It will include Techno-economic analysis of pathways, LCA & LCC, supply chain optimization, and performance assessment against SDG goals.
Partners from five EU countries, Ukraine, Brazil and Canada representing the entire value chain collaborate for the development and assessment of the integrated pathways.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2020-RES-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 633 700

Participants (11)

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 356 250
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
EXERGIA ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANTS AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 237 125
Address
15 Voukourestiou Str
106 71 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 463 620,25
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 374 375
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 374 375
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 456 750
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 395 625
Address
Rue Nicolas Bove 2B
1253 Luxembourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDRYMA KOKKALI
Greece
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
Irodotou 23
10674 Athina
Activity type
Other
RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY CIVIC ORGANISATION
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 160 380
Address
Borschagivska Street 195 11
03058 Kyiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE GOIAS
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Campus Samambaia
74001 970 Goiania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE SHERBROOKE
Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Boulevard De L'universite 2500
J1K 2R1 Sherbrooke
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments