Senior project manager
The project will demonstrate a first of its kind commercial-scale second generation (2G) biorefinery. A brownfield industrial site in eastern Slovakia will be transformed into a facility producing 55 kilotonnes cellulosic ethanol per year. A successful project will pave the way for the largest 2G biorefinery in Europe (110 kilotonnes/year).
To establish an advanced European bioeconomy, Europe needs to boost the sustainable conversion of renewable biomass into bio-based products, chemicals and energy. Currently, there are no true full-scale producers of second generation bioethanol in Europe.
Four ‘Innovation Stepping Stones’ that will allow a breakthrough in the techno-economic viability of lignocellulosic biorefineries:
The biorefinery technology that the project introduces will deliver a biomass to ethanol yield that is 15 – 20 % higher than current state of the art processing. Regional effects:
Develop the value of the by-product lignin by identifying the most promising applications for the different lignins and refine the lignins towards intermediates and final products.
30 132 314 €
Energochemica, Agriconsulting, Farma Oborin, Imperial College London, Lesaffre, National Agricultural and Food Centre, Novozymes, PNO Innovation, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sustainability Consult, Hepta
7. Affordable and clean energy
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action