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jueves, 21 de diciembre de 2017

FACCE SURPLUS ERA-NET 2nd call – Eight research projects on small-scale biorefining have been selected

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Early this year, FACCE SURPLUS launched a joint call for transnational research projects focused on the small-scale biorefinery concepts and their potential role in enhancing the sustainability and productivity of EU agriculture, as well as their scope to benefit the rural economy (FACCE SURPLUS announces a call for research projects on small scale biorefineries, 11/01/2017). This month, eight projects have been selected to receive funding under the framework of this call. The goal and the partners of each project are shown in the table below. More information can be found following the link of the project name.

It aims at implementing combined modelling and experimental approaches to design a decision support tool devoted to assess the most efficient and sustainable small-scale biorefinery for sources of biomass from agri-industrial and peri-urban wastes.
- National Institut for Agronomic Research, France.
- University of Hamburg, Germany.
- Hamburg University of Technology, Germany.
- Groupe Ecole Supérieure du Bois, France.
- University of Helsinki, Finland.
- KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium.
It targets biorefinery concepts for sustainable use of all Cichorium biomass available. It will use the most advanced ‘omics’ technologies and smartly designed biorefinery concepts striving for maximal integration.
- Institute for agriculture, fisheries and food research, Belgium.
- Inagro vzw, Belgium.
- Wageningen Plant Research, Netherlands.
- Nationale Proeftuin voor Witloof vzw, Belgium.
- University of Hohenheim, Germany.
- VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland.

It proposes the cultivation of selected halophytes species on salt-affected soils with the aims of developing new value chains from obtained biomass.
- National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Romania. 
- University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Romania.
- IMT Atlantique, France.
- Solutions Déchets & Développement Durable, France.
- Instytut Włókien Naturalnych i Roślin Zielarskich, Poland.
- BIOTEN Ltd., Poland.
It aims at producing a new generation of potent organic fertilizers, based on the recycling of farm and forest residues. Surplus materials such as wood waste, straw or digestate are subjected to a pyrolysis process and transformed into biochar.
- RWTH Aachen University, Unit of Technology of Fuels, Germany.
- Geisenheim University, Germany.
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Norway.
- Ithaka Institute, Germany.

It is focused on the production of ferulic acid, 2,3-butanediol and microbial plant biostimulants from lignocellulosic biomass by a two-step cascading process: 1) biomass pre-treatment with natural deep eutectic solvents (NADES) and feruloyl-esterase (FAE); 2) simultaneous saccarification and fermentation (SSF).
- National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry - ICECHIM, Romania.
- Norgenotech AS, Norway.
- Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norway.
- TESO SPEC SRL, Romania.
It will try to solve the problem of locally available wet residue streams by recovering the energy content and extracting the valuable elements from the inorganic part using a small scale biorefinery concept based on the supercritical water gasification (SCWG) process.
- Research and Innovation Centre Pro-Akademia, Poland.
- Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands.
- Fresh World Int. Sp. z o.o., Poland.
The goal is to establish a suitable, cost-efficient bioreactor module for the flexible conversion of a wide variety of feedstock to produce either short-chain carboxylic acids or methane as alternative.
- Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. 
- Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland.
- Ecole Centrale de Lille, France.
It is aiming at valorisation of protein-rich side-streams into food and feed grade protein and dietary fiber ingredients. The project supports minimal residue production and circular economy by increasing the profitability of food chain from farm to processing.
- University of Turku, Finland.
- Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany.
- Myssyfarmi Ltd, Finland.
- Regis Food Technology, Ltd, Poland.
- Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland.
- Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies, Estonia.
- Polarforma Ltd, Finland.
- Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, Germany.

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