biomass conversion to intermediate bioenergy carriers, sustainable biofuels and bio-based products

3.1 Production of thermally treated solid fuels

  • Thermal treatment and densification;
  • Thermal upgrading of solid fuels: biomass torrefaction, charcoal production, etc.;
  • Process optimisation;
  • Products characterisation and utilisation.

3.2 Pyrolysis

  • Production of liquid bioenergy carriers from solid biomass: Fundamentals and studies;
  • Technology development;
  • Process modelling, improvement and optimisation;
  • Bio-oil purification, upgrading and utilisation (combustion, chemical extraction, gasification, etc.);
  • By-product utilisation;
  • Energy balance and techno-economic analysis.

3.3 Hydrothermal processing

  • Hydrothermal carbonisation, production of solid energy carriers;
  • Hydrothermal liquefaction, production of liquid energy carriers;
  • Fundamentals and studies;
  • Technology and process improvement;
  • Biocrude production, purification, upgrading;
  • Value-added compounds extraction;
  • Energy balance and techno-economic analysis.

3.4 Oil-based and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels

  • Oil-based fuels and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels (biogasoline, renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel) from lipids (vegetable oils, animal fats, grease, and algae), and cellulosic biomass (crop residues, woody biomass and energy crops);
  • Bioprocesses for microbial oils production;
  • Innovative processes: Hydrotreating, Biological sugar upgrading, biocatalytic processes, FT-liquids / Biomass to Liquids (BtL), Hydrothermal processing, Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) / Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA);
  • Technology and process improvements;
  • Energy balance and techno-economic analysis;
  • Biofuel blending, distribution and logistics;
  • Progress on FAME production.

3.5 Bio-alcohols from sugars, starch and lignocellulosic biomass

  • Lignocellulosic ethanol, other alcohols: physical, chemical, physicochemical, biological pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass;
  • Enzymatic hydrolysis and microorganism fermentation into alcohols;
  • Novel C6 and C5 fermentation techniques;
  • Innovations in bio-alcohol production from lignocellulosic biomass;
  • Downstream wastewater treatment;
  • Progress on ethanol production from sugar and starch.

3.6 Biorefineries

  • Biorefinery platforms for bio-based products, energy and fuels;
  • Combined production of fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass;
  • Integrated concepts for bioenergy and bio-based products;
  • Process design and business development;
  • Process and technology integration into biorefineries;
  • Integration of biochemical and thermochemical processes;
  • Biofuels from biochemical, chemical and catalytic conversion of sugars;
  • Thermochemical conversion of biomass to syngas, bioenergy carriers, synthetic fuels;
  • Additional value creation;
  • Multi-purpose and versatile schemes;
  • Commodities combination;
  • Renewable energy utilisation.

3.7 Bio-based chemicals and materials

  • Ethylene, propylene, furans, specialist chemicals, etc.;
  • Wood-based sugars;
  • Advances in renewable chemicals;
  • High added value organic compounds;
  • Bio-catalysis;
  • Bio-based polymers;
  • Additives;
  • Biolubricants;
  • Geotextiles;
  • Bioplastics;
  • Production of organic fertilizers and compost;
  • Nutrients cycles and recovery (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium).