WASTE2FUELS - Sustainable production of next generation biofuels from waste streams
Responsible (U. Zaragoza): M. Uxue Alzueta
Funded by: European Union, H2020
Description: Sustainable production of next generation biofuels from waste streams: WASTE2FUELS aims to develop next generation biofuel technologies capable of converting agrofood waste (AFW) streams into high quality biobutanol.
The main WASTE2FUELS innovations include: Development of novel pretreatment methods for converting AFW to an appropriate feedstock for biobutanol production thus dramatically enlarging current available biomass for biofuels production, Genetically modified microorganisms for enhancing conversion efficiencies of the biobutanol fermentation process, Coupled recovery and biofilm reactor systems for enhancing conversion efficiencies of Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol fermentation.
Development of new routes for biobutanol production via ethanol catalytic conversion, Biobutanol engine tests and ecotoxicological assessment of the produced biobutanol, Valorisation of the process by-products, Development of an integrated model to optimise the waste-to-biofuel conversion and facilitate the industrial scale-up, Process fingerprint analysis by environmental and techno-economic assessment and Biomass supply chain study and design of a waste management strategy for rural development.