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Energy and cost reductions in production of fuel ethanol from biomass through membrane technology

Objective

Objective:
use Membrane Technologies (MT) to produce low cost, renewable bio-fuels (EtOH) - have MT ready in 2007 for rapid diffusion and deployment

Method:
- replace current technology with MT - reduce cost of ethanol (EtOH) plant distillation and dehydration components 30 - 50% through requirements for distillate purity
- reduce distillation energy costs 30 - 50% through pervaporation (PV) membrane use in post-fermentation EtOH concentration & requirement for ower purity distillate in advanced dehydration
- reduce advanced dehydration costs 80% through vapour permeation (VP) membrane use & reduced EtOH losses

Deliverables:
Research and technological development will result in MT demonstration plant operating on continuous production basis in industrial setting, showing: - 50% savings in total energy costs - mid-size EtOH plant potential for reduction of 6,282 kilotonnes per year in GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-TREN-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

WHITEFOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD (PREV. 2S-SOPHISTICATED SYSTEMS LIMITED)
Address
10 Cromwell Place, South Kensington
London
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

BRÜGGEMANN ALCOHOL & CO KG
Germany
Address
Salzstrasse 123-131
Heilbronn
BUSS-SMS-CANZLER GMBH
Germany
Address
Kaiserstrasse 13-15
Butzbach
HEGGEMANN AEROSPACE AG
Germany
Address
Zeppelinring 2-6
Büren
INNOVATIVE MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Mast 25A
Zeewolde
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Shoemakerstraat 97
Delft
POLITECHNICAL LODZKA - TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF LODZ
Poland
Address
Ks. I. Skorupki 6/8
Lodz
UNIVERSITÄT DORTMUND
Germany
Address
August-schmidt-str. 4
Dortmund