BIOTRANSFORMATION OF GLYCEROL TO BIOFUELS
The biological processes for the biofuel productions are proceeding with the optimization of the different procedures. Hydrogen, ethanol and butanol were produced through different ways of fermentation (batch, fed-batch and continuous), using different type of crude glycerol as substrates.
A meeting among WP2 partners will be held on the 3th to the 5th of February at Norwegian University of Science and Technology with the aim of transfer the gas stripping technology from SINTEF to ENEA and STUBA. As a result, the gas-stripping, as a promising system for controlling the inhibitory effects of hydrogen, ethanol and butanol, will be adapted to the different strategies for the crude glycerol valorization.
A dedicated task-force (with complementary competences in biology, chemistry and engineering) has been created in order to identify the major bottlenecks associated with large scale production of low added value compounds from glycerol (biofuels or intermediates for the chemical industries). The simultaneously low concentration of the product and high dilution required for glycerol in water to enable biochemical conversion limit the overall efficiency of the system. The primary objective is to find alternative solutions to develop cost and energy efficient processes that minimize energy consumption and reduce water consumption.
ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
The preliminary LCA and LCC results for converting glycerol into 1,3-propanediol (green chemical) and n-butanol (biofuel) based on the available mass and energy balances has been achieved. The results of the bio-based products are compared to their current reference products to show their dis-/advantageousness regarding their environmental impacts and costs. The future location of the glyceral conversion plant has also been investigated. According to the glycerol geographical availibility and the transport infrastructures, Rotterdam region was firsly chosen and will be confirmed after evaluation of other criteria (environmental cost of the electicity consumption, labor costs, etc.).
GRAIL OPEN DAY EVENT
The partners of the GRAIL consortium are actually involved in organizing the “GRAIL Open Day” event, a public event which will be held in Brussels in March 9, 2016. The presentation is expected to offer an excellent occasion to become acquainted with and to discuss about the opportunities emerging form this European project funded by the European Commission, and will include different lectures which will present relevant details of the aims, strategies and technical issues related to the research and development being undertaken.
GRAIL has also published one paper:
Authors: Yue-Ming Wang, Fabio Lorenzini, Martin Rebros, Graham C. Saunders,
and Andrew C. Marr.
For more information, please contact:
Institut Univ de Ciencia i Tecnologia, S.A.
Main contact: Roberto Horcajada
Email: [email protected]
Please download the e-newsletter#3 here: [GRAIL] #3 e-Newsletter – February 2016
Grail Eu Project: Glycerol Biorefinery Approach for the Production of High Quality Products of Industrial Value
May 27, 2016
The article entitled: “Grail Eu Project: Glycerol Biorefinery Approach for the Production of High Quality Products of Industrial Value” has been published and is available online on Bulletin UASVM Food Science and Technology 73(1) / 2016; ISSN-L 2344-2344; Print ISSN 2344-2344; Electronic ISSN 2344-5300, DOI: 10.15835/buasvmcn-fst:11904. Authors: Monica Trif, Berta Álvarez Penedo, Alexandru Rusu Type […]
March 10, 2016
The GRAIL technical meeting and the GRAIL Open Day took place in Brussels on March 8th and 9th, 2016. Please find below some pictures of the event
March 4, 2016
Project Progress BIOTRANSFORMATION OF GLYCEROL TO BIOFUELS The biological processes for the biofuel productions are proceeding with the optimization of the different procedures. Hydrogen, ethanol and butanol were produced through different ways of fermentation (batch, fed-batch and continuous), using different type of crude glycerol as substrates. A meeting among WP2 partners will be held on the […]
March 4, 2016
The GRAIL project Open Day will be held the 9th of March in Brussels (Belgium) at ENEA’s facilities. The GRAIL open day is a dissemination event about the project designed to create awareness about it and its impact to key stakeholders of the field. At this event, different experts from biodiesel industry, politicians, etc. have […]