Objective 1: Providing enough information on crude glycerol for its introduction in a biorefinery

  • Target 1.1. Analysis and evaluation of glycerol availability and supply
  • Target 1.2. Characteristics of available glycerol
  • Target 1.3. Setting performance specifications for the targeted products
  • Target 1.4. Glycerol treatment for further processing in order to provide a protocol for the purification of glycerol with the required quality
  • Target 1.5. Mass and energy balancing for glycerol processing plant concepts in order to provide a good data base

Objective 2: Transformation of glycerol in biofuels

  • Target 2.1. Biotransformation of Glycerol to hydrogen, ethanol
  • Target 2.2. Biotransformation of Glycerol to biobutanol
  • Target 2.3. Biotransformation of Glycerol to FAGE

Objective 3: Transformation of Glycerol in Green Chemicals

  • Target 3.1. Transformation of Glycerol into propanediol
  • Target 3.2. Transformation of Glycerol into component of resins and polymers
  • Target 3.3. Transformation of Glycerol into butyric acid
  • Target 3.4. Transformation of Glycerol into PHA
  • Target 3.5. Transformation of glycerol into green reactive diluents and solvents

Objective 4: Conversion of Glycerol into food related compounds

  • Target 4.1. Conversion of Glycerol into Trehalose
  • Target 4.2. Conversion of Glycerol into Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
  • Target 4.3. Conversion of Glycerol into ß-carotene
  • Target 4.4. Conversion of Glycerol into Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)


  • Review of technical glycerol potential from biodiesel production and availability for improved cascading in Europe

    May 2, 2017

    The article entitled: “Review of technical glycerol potential from biodiesel production and availability for improved cascading in Europe” has been published and is available online. Authors: André Brosowski (DBFZ), Stephanie Hauschild (DBFZ), Karin Naumann (DBFZ), Jens Hösel (DBFZ), Daniela Thrän (Helmholtz Centre for environmental research), Type of publication: Article – Research Paper Date: April 2017 Publication: […]


  • 42M Progress Meeting – April 26 to 28, 2017 – Leipzig (Germany)

    April 11, 2017

    All the project partners will be hosted by DBFZ in Leipzig (Germany) from April 26 to 28, 2017. This is a good opportuny to discuss about the project advancement after the last Consortium Meeting which took place from October 12 to 14, 2016 in Hurtigruten, Bergen – Trondheim, Norway. Agenda available here: GRAIL_42M_Agenda     […]


  • GRAIL e-NEWSLETTER #5 – February 2017

    February 22, 2017

    PROJECT SUMMARY GRAIL : GLYCEROL BIOREFINERY APPROACH FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS OF INDUSTRIAL VALUE GRAIL is a 48-months collaborative project funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 Programme for Knowledge Based Bio-Economy. The topic of GRAIL project is “Preventing and valorizing bio-waste in biorefineries optimal and cost-effective industrial biocatalysts”. What’s inside […]


  • D2-2 – Operating parameters for batch experiments

    January 5, 2017

    Main Objectives To provide information about operational parameters at batch configurations such as, the effect of inoculum, addition of nutrients, pH control and substrate concentration to improve hydrogen and ethanol production  Main Outcomes According to the results, the selected inoculum was sludge from an aerobic wastewater treatment plant and an aerobic pretreatment. Also, it was […]