Brazil-EU Cooperation for Development of Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels



The main objective of the BECOOL (EU) and BioVALUE (Brazil) projects is to strengthen EU-Brazil cooperation on advanced lignocellulosic biofuels. Information alignment, knowledge synchronization, and synergistic activities on lignocellulosic biomass production logistics and conversion technologies are key targets of both projects and will bring mutual benefits. Both projects are structured in 3 main pillars covering in a balanced way the whole range of activities of the biofuels value chain (biomass production, logistics, conversion and exploitation). The BECOOL consortium is composed by 14 partners from universities, research institutes, large industries/SMEs, from 7 EU countries. Together with improved logistics, the establishment of the BECOOL innovative cropping systems will enable to increase biomass feedstock availability by at least 50% without negatively impacting food production, soil quality, and customary land uses. The improvements in gasification process efficiency of new feedstocks will allow to achieve an optimal gas quality from nonconventional sources (e.g. lignocellulosic crops and residues). The use of energy carrier in gasification will allow to overcome a major logistics barriers for low-energy density feedstock, while the valorization of lignin-rich residues will dramatically improve the energy efficiency of the overall value chain. Technological breakthroughs on pre-treatment, hydrolysis and enzymatic saccharification and fermentation steps will increase the competitiveness of biochemical advanced ethanol. The cross-project model benchmarking, carried out between EU and Brazil, will decrease present limitations on growth, logistics and process academic models, making them more reliable, opening opportunities for business, new jobs, reduced land pressure, and enhanced environmental benefits in EU and Brazil.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Andrea Monti

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

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Consorzio per la Ricerca e la Dimostrazione sulle Energie Rinnovabili - RECORD (Italy)
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Dlo Food And Biobased) (Netherlands)
Centro De Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales Y Tecnologicas (Ciemat) (Spain)
Energy Research Centre Of The Netherlands - Ecn (Netherlands)
Biochemtex Spa (Italy)
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt (Finland)
Centre For Renewable Energy Sources (Greece)
Centro Di Ricerca Per Gli Alimenti E La Nutrizione (Italy)
Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum Gemeinnuetzige Gmbh - Dbfz (Germany)
Eta - Energia,Trasporti,Agricoltura S.R.L. (Italy)
Internationales Institut Fuer Angewandte Systemanalyse - Iiasa (Austria)
BTG Biomass Technology Group B.V. (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.999.955,00
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/06/2017
End Date: 31/05/2021

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 744821 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 744821