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Sustainable Liquid Biofuels from Biomass Biorefining

Objective

SUNLIBB brings together key researchers and industrial innovators working to overcome technical barriers all along the pipeline for second generation bioethanol production. The range of research spans from feedstock improvement, through innovations in pretreatment and saccharification, the generation of added value products, especially from lignin, and innovations in fermentation. The project brings together world-leading scientists with innovative new industries working in the biorefinery and renewable products areas. Our work is focussed on C4 grasses as these encompass maize, miscanthus and sugarcane, and these closely related species are major bioenergy crops in Europe and Brazil. The programme of work aims to: (1) Improve the feedstock quality of lignocellulose in biofuels crops to allow truly cost-effective ethanol production; (2) add value to the overall process of conversion in biomass biorefining by upgrading residues and by-products and producing new value streams in addition to bioethanol; (3) improve the conversion process by which we produce sugars; (4) improve fermentation efficiency; (5) develop integrated processes that capture maximum value from lignocellulosic biomass; (6) ensure that the new processes developed fulfil sustainability requirements by reducing GHG emissions, cutting other forms of air pollution, have minimal impacts on local environments and biodiversity, build sustainable rural industries, and do not impact on food production and prices. Our cooperative partner in Brazil, CEProBIO, brings together almost all of the leading research centres for second generation bioethanol production in that nation, along with a number of key industrial partners. The cooperation between SUNLIBB and CEProBIO represents an opportunity to bring together some of the best researchers in our respective regions to work on a globally important issue.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

Address

Heslington
Yo10 5dd York North Yorkshire

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 091 909,23

Administrative Contact

Chris Barber (Mr.)

Participants (13)

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BIOCONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 165 600

BORREGAARD INDUSTRIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 80 560

BIOGEMMA

France

EU Contribution

€ 149 707

ECOVER CO ORDINATION CENTER NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 49 004

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 452 144

NORTH ENERGY ASSOCIATES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 105 680,25

RISE PROCESSUM AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 237 523

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 236 920,80

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 143 291

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 193 434,02

VIB VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 231 600

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 236 623

Biotech Consultants Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 41 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 251132

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2010

  • End date

    30 September 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 660 288,18

  • EU contribution

    € 3 415 396,30

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom