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BIOETHANOL PRODUCTION VIA LIGNOCELLULOSIC FERMENTATION OF OLIVE OIL RESIDUES

Objetivo

Bioethanol has been increasingly becoming the renewable energy source that could reduce the oil dependence of the developed countries. Biorefineries can use the locally grown agriculture to produce ethanol. However, food chain supply is beginning to suffer the effects of the ethanol massive production raising major ethical concerns. Cellulosic ethanol can overcome the environmental risks that accompany the surge of harvest biomass feedstocks and thus can represent a real and pursuable technology for the future. According to the US DOE life-cycle analysis, ethanol from cellulose reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 90% compared to gasoline. Cellulosic biomass is the most abundant biomaterial on earth it is available almost in any country. Vegetal residues (wheat and rice straw, olive oils residues, etc.) can constitute a renewable source of raw materials for cellulosic ethanol production plants. Currently only a few pilot plants are producing bioethanol from lignocellulosic feedstock using an enzymatic hydrolysis process. Olive oil residues can constitute a valuable resource as a low cost feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. At least 2 million tonnes of cellulose are discarded on the Mediterranean area every year, representing both an environmental problem and a waste of a valuable resource. The ETOILE project intends to develop a new integrated process where olive mill waste water from traditional three-phase centrifugation process is purified and at the same time cellulase enzymes are obtained. These enzymes are then used onto the solid olive oil residues, such as olive pulp and husks, to obtain ethanol. The research envisaged will thus provide a viable alternative to the growing bioethanol industry seeking for new cost-effective production processes competitive with oil industry.

Ámbito científico

  • /ciencias sociales/economía y empresa/ciencia económica/economía sostenible
  • /ingeniería y tecnología/ingeniería ambiental/gestión de residuos/agua residual
  • /ciencias agrícolas/biotecnología agrícola/biomasa
  • /ciencias sociales/economía y empresa/ciencia económica/economía de la producción

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Régimen de financiación

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinador

LABOR SRL
Dirección
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Italia
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aportación de la UE
€ 26 200
Contacto administrativo
Cristina Torrisi (Ms.)

Participantes (8)

EXPLORA SRL
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 180 000
Dirección
Via Giacomo Peroni 386
00131 Roma
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Davide De Lucrezia (Mr.)
ARGUS Umweltbiotechnologie GmbH
Alemania
Aportación de la UE
€ 276 577
Dirección
Kitzingstrasse 11-13
12277 Berlin
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Horst Niebelschütz (Dr.)
PRISMA DOMI ANONYMI TEXNIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
Aportación de la UE
€ 172 420,50
Dirección
Kifisias 118B
11526 Athina
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Manios Thrassyvoulos (Dr.)
Tarimsal Kimya Teknolojileri Sanayi ve Ticaret AS

La participación finalizó

Turquía
Aportación de la UE
€ 47 275,50
Dirección
Valikonagi Cad. 173 - Kat:4 D:3
34365 Nisantasi - Instanbul
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Vedat Aydinoglu (Mr.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Dinamarca
Aportación de la UE
€ 6 480
Dirección
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Ioannis Skiadas (Dr.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
Aportación de la UE
€ 5 250
Dirección
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Antonia Fardis (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 2 000
Dirección
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Rita Matassi (Ms.)
SEDNA SpA
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 168 874
Dirección
Via Del Parco Margherita 49
80121 Napoli
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Massimo Viscardi (Mr.)