(Teil-)Projektleitung/Mitarbeit: M.Sc. Lisa Thormann
Dipl.-Ing. Jana Weinberg
|Projektpartner:||UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA (ITALIA ), TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG-HARBURG (DEUTSCHLAND), UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE (CESKA REPUBLIKA), UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT (NEDERLAND), ENI S.P.A. (ITALIA), ASTON UNIVERSITY (UNITED KINGDOM), EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH (SCHWEIZ/SUISSE/SVIZZERA), ABENGOA RESEARCH SL (ESPAÑA), OUTOTEC GMBH (DEUTSCHLAND), SILKEM PROIZVODNJA ZEOLITOV DOO (SLOVENIJA), MAST CARBON INTERNATIONAL LTD (UNITED KINGDOM), CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS (HELLAS), THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK (UNITED KINGDOM), USTAV FYZIKALNI CHEMIE J. HEYROVSKEHO AV CR, V. V. I. (CESKA REPUBLIKA), ENCE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SAU (ESPAÑA), MAX PLANCK INSTITUT FUER KOHLENFORSCHUNG (DEUTSCHLAND), NANOLOGICA AB (SVERIGE)|
|Laufzeit:||11/2013 - 10/2017|
The CASCATBEL-project (CASCATBEL: CAScade deoxygenation process using tailored nanoCATalysts for the production of BiofuELs from lignocellullosic biomass) aims to design, optimize and scale-up a novel multi-step process for the production of second-generation liquid biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass in a cost-efficient way through the use of next-generation high surface area tailored nano-catalysts.
Within the CASCATBEL-project a multi-step process for the production of second-generation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass in a cost-efficient way will be developed through the use of tailored nano-structured catalysts. The proposed process is based on the cascade combination of three catalytic transformations: catalytic pyrolysis, intermediate deoxygenation and hydro-deoxygenation. The sequential coupling of catalytic steps will be an essential factor for achieving a progressive and controlled biomass deoxygenation, which is expected to lead to liquid biofuels with a chemical composition and properties similar to those of oil-derived fuels. According to this strategy, the best nano-catalytic system in each step will be selected to deal with the remarkable chemical complexity of lignocellulose pyrolysis products, as well as to optimize the bio-oil yield and properties. Since hydro-deoxygenation (HDO) is outlined in this scheme as the ultimate deoxygenation treatment, the overall hydrogen consumption should be strongly minimized, resulting in a significant reduction of the process costs. The use of nano-structured catalysts will be the key tool for obtaining in each chemical step of the cascade process, the optimum deoxygenation degree, as well as high efficiency, in terms both of matter and energy, minimizing at the same time the possible environmental impacts. The project will involve experiments at laboratory, bench and pilot plant scales, as well as a viability study of its possible commercial application. Thereby, the integrated process will be assessed according to technical, economic, social, safety, toxicological and environmental criteria.
IUE is involved in feedstock selection and characterization for the project. The main objective is to estimate current and future availability of lignocellulosic biomass in the EU. In addition IUE participates in an overall process assessment of the project. This is based on technical, economic, social, environmental and toxicological criteria that will be applied along the project to assess the different options being considered. These tasks will be critical for selecting the most convenient intermediate deoxygenation treatment, the optimum catalysts and the optimum operating conditions. Furthermore, a process design will be generated and a feasibility study will be conducted at commercial scale.
The CASCATBEL project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under Grant Agreement No. 604307