Worldwide cooperation to develop innovative biofuels

Tuesday June 13, 2017 08:26

An extensive worldwide cooperation for the development of advanced biofuels kicks off on June 27th. This cooperation involves partners from Brazil and the EU. ECN is a partner, offering technology and expertise to produce biofuels through biomass gasification.

Biofuels are a key element in the energy transition to replace fossil fuels for example for aviation and transport. Countries such as Brazil are already producing a lot of biofuels mainly from sugar cane bagasse. But the sustainability, reliability and affordability of biofuel production, is a challenge. Therefore, the combined projects BCOOL from the EU and BioVALUE from Brazil are aiming to take the entire value chain for biofuels to the next level, from innovative biomass production and logistics, to efficient conversion pathways and exploitation.

Within BECOOL, ECN will be investigating new technologies for gasification of fast growing crops. These crops are grown on wasteland that is either unsuitable for food crop production or temporarily unused as agricultural land, explains Berend Vreugdenhil, coordinator for the ECN partnership in BECOOL. 

“We will develop techniques for the low temperature gasification of this new biomass. Gasification normally yields synthesis gas from which we can make biodiesel or DME. In addition to that our methods will also produce small molecules such as benzene and ethylene, which have a higher value for chemicals production and therefore improve the overall business case.”

“From the very beginning of writing the project proposal, there has been a cooperation between all partners from Brazil and Europe. This is very valuable and a good example of how such a project should run,” says Vreugdenhil. For ECN, not only the development of new technologies, but also the establishment of new partnerships gives added value to participating in BECOOL. “We see a great value in building new partnerships with our Brazilian and European partners in this consortium.” 

“In the four years that BECOOL will run, we aim at compiling all relevant experimental data to allow for a demonstration plant for advanced biofuels production to be the next step,” says Vreugdenhil.

If you want more information on the BECOOL project, please contact Berend Vreugdenhil via our online contact form.

Category: Corporate, Biomass