Bridging the gap between phytoremediation solutions on growing energy crops on contaminated lands and clean biofuel production


GOLD is organized in five work packages (see figure aside) and builds on the three pillars. The first pillar (WP1) aims to optimize selected energy crops for phytoremediation as well as to develop optimized phytoremediation solutions for decontamination purposes. In the second pillar (WP2) the contaminated feedstock of WP1 will be converted to clean biofuels by developing two thermochemical based conversion routes; the first on gasification and the second on pyrolysis. In both routes the main contamination constituents will be collected in a concentrated form: mainly in a vitrified slag with low leachability produced in the gasification in the 1st and in a form of high density biochar in the 2nd. In the third pillar selected value-chains for biofuels production and land decontamination will be modelled and analysed in terms of cost, sustainability and SDGs for the creation of win-win situations. Emphasis is being given on the international collaboration towards Innovation Mission Challenge 4 on Biofuels with the participation of three highly consuming countries (Canada, China and India) thoughtout the value-chains.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Andrea Monti

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Centre For Renewable Energy Sources(Greece)

Other Participants:
Universidade Nova De Lisboa (Portugal)
Imperial College Of Science Technology And Medicine (United Kingdom)
Hunan Agricultural University (China)
Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)
Institute of Bast Fiber Crops, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China)
Institut National De Recherche Pour L'Agriculture, L'Alimentation Et L'Environnement-Inrae (France)
Consorzio per la Ricerca e la Dimostrazione sulle Energie Rinnovabili - RECORD (Italy)
Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Tno (Netherlands)
Mete Ae Metalleftiki Emporiki Tehniki Ae*Mining Trading Technical Sa (Greece)
Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej (Poland)
Centre For Research And Technology Hellas (Greece)
Indian Institute Of Technology Delhi (India)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
ETA s.r.l. (Italy)
Technische Universitat Munchen (Fg Obstbau) (Germany)
Agricultural University Of Athens (Greece)
Junia-Yncrea Hdf (France)
Stichting Wageningen Research - Wr (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.999.950,00
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/05/2021
End Date: 30/04/2025

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UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006873