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EU projects coordinated by BTG
The project Polygeneartion through pyrolysis: Simultaneous production of oil, process steam, electricity and organic acids (acronym: EMPYRO) aims at building and demonstrating a 25 MWth polygeneration pyrolysis plant to produce electricity, process steam and fuel oil from woody biomass. The project also aims at developing and demonstrating the recovery of acetic acid from the aqueous organic acid solution that is produced as part of the pyrolysis oil stabilization process. The 7-partner project is coordinated by BTG and will run from December 2009 to November 2013 (48 months).
The aim of the project Engine and turbine combustion for combined heat and power production (acronym: Bioliquids-CHP) is to adapt a diesel engine and a micro gas turbine to enable the combustion of various bio-liquids including pyrolysis oils and blends. The project also aims at upgrading such oils to make them easier to use in engines and at developing catalysts and a system for NOx removal from diesel engine exhaust gases. The 7-partner project is coordinated by BTG and runs from January 2009 to December 2011 (36 months). Click here to download the brochure.
The project entitled Reforming of Crude Glycerine in Supercritical Water to Produce Methanol for Re-Use in Biodiesel Plants (Acronym: SuperMethanol) addresses the need to identify new (crude) glycerine applications by investigating whether reforming in supercritical water is a suitable and viable technology to convert glycerine into methanol, so that it can be re-used in biodiesel plants were it is produced as by-product. The 7-partner project is coordinated by BTG and will run from January 2008 to December 2011 (48 months). For the project project flyer, click here for the front and here for the back of the flyer.
Poor awareness and lack of understanding of the Health, Safety and Environment hazards in the project development, planning, design, construction stage and during operation and maintenance of biomass gasification plants is deemed a major non-technical obstacle. The project Guideline for Safe and Eco-friendly Biomass Gasification (acronym: Gasification-Guide) aims to effectively tackle this barrier. The 7-partner project is coordinated by BTG and will run from January 2007 to December 2009 (36 months).
Bio-energy in Motion
The main objective of the project Production of a movie to accelerate the uptake of innovative bioenergy technologies for heating and cooling (acronym: Bioenergy-in-motion) is to increase the uptake of new and innovative biomass heating and cooling technologies and systems in the EU, by strengthening the market confidence of specific target groups (end-users, investors, government authorities) in the EU in general and in three target countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Estonia) in particular. The 5-partner project is coordinated by BTG and will run from May 2007 to October 2008 (18 months). For the project flyer click here.
EU projects involving BTG
The main objective of the project Sustainable products from economic processing of biomass in highly integrated biorefineries (acronym SUPRABIO) is to research, develop and demonstrate novel intensified unit operations that can be integrated into economic and sustainable biorefinery options for the production of second generation biofuels, intermediates and high value products. In addition, the project will assess the outcomes to inform and enable sustainable implementation. The 17-partner project is coordinated by the University of Oxford. The project started in March 2010 and will to run until February 2014. The project website will be available as of June 2010.
The project Global Assessment of Biomass and Bioproduct Impacts on Socio-economics and Sustainabililty (acronym: Global-Bio-Pact) aims at developing and harmonising global sustainability certification systems for biomass production, conversion systems and trade in order to prevent negative socio-economic impacts. The 13-partner project is coordinated by the WIP – Renewable Energies. The project started in February 2010 and will run until January 2013 (36 months).
The project entitled Co-processing of upgraded bio-liquids in standard refinery units (Acronym: Biocoup) aims at developing a chain of process steps, which would allow biomass feedstock to be co-fed to a conventional oil refinery. Energy and oxygenated chemicals will be co-produced. The overall innovation derives from integration of bio-feedstock procurement with existing industries (energy, pulp and paper, food) and processing of upgraded biomass forms in existing mineral oil refineries. The 17-partner project is coordinated by VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland and will run from May 2006 to April 2011 (60 Months). Click here to download the project brochure.
The project entitled Biomass for the market competitive and environmental friendly synthesis of bio-products together with the production of secondary energy carriers through the biorefinery approach (Acronym: BIOSYNERGY) aims to use BIOmass for SYNthesis processes (transportation fuels, platform chemicals) and enERGY production (power, CHP) by application of innovative, fully integrated, synergetic biorefinery concepts, using advanced fractionation and conversion processes, and combining biochemical and thermochemical pathways. The 17-partner project is coordinated by the Energy research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) and will run from January 2007 to December 2010 (48 Months). Click here to download the project brochure.
The objective of the project Biomass Energy Europe (acronym: BEE) is to harmonise biomass resource assessments, focusing on the availability of biomass for energy in Europe and its neighbouring countries. This harmonisation will improve consistency, accuracy and reliability of biomass assessments. The 16-partner project is coordinated by the University of Freiburg and will run from March 2008 to November 2010 (33 months). Click here to download the project brochure.
The project Biofuels Assessment on Technical Opportunities and Research Needs for Latin America (acronym: BioTop) identifies technical opportunities and research needs for Latin America in order to maximize synergies in the biofuels sectors of Latin America and Europe. The 10-partner project is coordinated by WIP-Renewable Energies (Germany) and will run from March 2008 to August 2010 (30 months).