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New Improvements for Ligno-cellulosic Ethanol

New Improvements for Ligno-cellulosic Ethanol

Objective

NILE is a 4-year integrated project addressing the topic "New and advanced concepts in renewable energies - Biomass". Its overall objective is to develop cost effective production of clean bioethanol from lignocellulosic biomass (LCB), enabling its use as a transport biofuel. NILE will develop, investigate and evaluate new technologies for efficient conversion of lignocellulose to bioethanol. These technologies will be verified using a unique and fully integrated pilot plant providing reliable data for glob al socio-economic and environmental assessments and for the design of a future demonstration unit. The activities of NILE aim at overcoming critical hurdles in process development. Key issues are: - decreasing the cost of enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocell ulose to fermentable sugars using new engineered enzyme systems; - removing current intrinsic limitations in the conversion of fermentable sugars to ethanol by i) constructing inhibitor-tolerant pentose-fermenting industrial yeast strains, and ii) combinin g fermentation and saccharification; validating the engineered enzyme systems and yeast strains in a fully integrated pilot plant using softwood and wheat straw as model feedstock. Validation includes all process steps and recycling of process streams; - analysing socio-economic and global environmental impacts of the production and use of bioethanol from LCB based on the new data obtained; - dissemination and training of target groups. The project mobilizes the critical mass of end-users and world-leadi ng expertise necessary to improve the whole bioethanol from LCB chain. By its integrated structure, NILE supports the development of research activities in close connection with industrial processes, their validation, their technical and socio-economic ass essments, their dissemination as well as training activities. This development ensures a real industrial and societal impact of the developed technology thus strengthening European competitiveness.

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Coordinator

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLLES

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1-4 Avenue De Bois-Preau
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Administrative Contact

Frederic MONOT (Dr)

Participants (21)

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ENI S.P.A.

Italy

ROAL OY

Finland

SAF-ISIS

France

SEKAB BIOFUELS & CHEMICALS AB

Sweden

DIREVO INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY GMBH

Germany

SEKAB E-TECHNOLOGY

Sweden

BIOALCOHOL FUEL FOUNDATION BAFFSAB AB

Sweden

EUREC AGENCY E.E.I.G.

Belgium

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A.

Italy

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

LATVIAN VALSTS KOKSNES KIMIJAS INSTITUTS (LATVIAN STATE INSTITUTE OF WOOD CHEMISTRY)

Latvia

VTT VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZURICH

Switzerland

JOHANN-WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA/FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA

Portugal

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Israel

MONDI BUSINESS PAPER SERVICES AG

Austria

GRANIT RECHERCHE DÉVELOPPEMENT SA

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 19882

  • Start date

    1 October 2005

  • End date

    31 March 2010

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 637 826

  • EU contribution

    € 7 517 200

Coordinated by:

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLLES

France