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