Being able to manufacture a product from a material that others consider to be "waste" is an intelligent way to secure a competitive advantage and at the same time to help build a modern circular economy. The endeavor to obtain biofuels from residues and waste therefore fits in a time when industrial production and conscious environmental management are increasingly shaking hands. The EU BioBoost project takes up this challenge and misses it Biofuels another boost for the second generation in Europe.
The industrial generation of energy from waste is a comparatively young industry and the first power plants that use so-called substitute fuels (EBS) were only put into operation in Germany in 2003 (Lünen, Minden, Aßlar). Against the background of rising prices of fossil fuels and the social desire to reduce CO2 emissions, interest in the high-energy waste fraction is increasing.
The production of liquid energy sources from residues and their use in commercially available engines is even more innovative. These fuels from waste products and residues (straw) therefore also become the Next generation biofuels (next generation = nextgen) counted.
The trend towards closer integration of waste management and energy supply continues.
BioBoost strengthens Nextgen biofuels in Europe
It was in mid-December last year BioBoost project started. BioBoost is financed with funding from the 7th EU research framework program.
Facts about the BioBoost project
- Goal: Production of energy sources (fuels, electricity, heat) and chemicals from residual biomass
- Funding: 5,1 million euros
- Duration: 3 years (2012 - 2015)
- Project coordinator: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
- Participants: 6 research institutions + 7 industrial partners
Which project partners does BioBoost bring together?
13 project partners from the EU countries Germany, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland are involved in BioBoost. Here is a list of the individual BioBoost partners:
- AVA-CO2-Research GMBH
- Center for Research and Technology Hellas
- Chimar Hellas AE
- DSM Chemical Technology R&D BV
- ENGW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
- FH OO Research & Development GmbH
- Grace GMBH & Co. KG
- Institute Uprawy Nawozenia I Gleboznawstwa
- Nederlandse Organizatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek-TNO
- Neste Oil Corporation
- Panstwowy Institute Badawczy
- Syncom Research and Development Consulting GMBH
- University of Stuttgart
BioBoost will bring together the previous research commitment of the project partners involved, true to the Aristotle quote "the whole is more than the sum of its parts".
With Neste Oil Corp. Among the partners is also the company that operates the largest commercial facilities (Rotterdam and Singapore) for the production of nextgen biofuels worldwide.
BioBoost + Bioliq = biofuels + bioeconomy at KIT
The KIT as project coordinator of BioBoost is already working on the Bioliq project with the research and production of next generation biofuels. Bioliq is primarily concerned with a BtL biofuel (Biomass to Liquid), for the production of which a process of rapid pyrolysis is used.
The group of BtL fuels can also benefit from the technological developments of the fossil representatives in the XtL family in their further development.
The KIT is particularly interested in the BioBoost project in the other products that arise from the gasification or smoldering of biomass. In this way, the economy and environmental compatibility of the overall process should be analyzed and the most efficient setting of the various parameters (pressure, temperature, etc.) for carrying out the pyrolysis and Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) can be found.
Here you will find a little insight into the current commitment to research into HTC and biochar in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.
The goal of BioBoost is not limited to the exclusive research of the energetic use of carbon-containing residues, but also investigates the material recycling of the waste for the production of biochemicals. BioBoost thus blends in very harmoniously with the philosophy of bioeconomy and the circular economy and is the structure of Biorefineries ahead.
Nextgen biofuels with strong labor pains
The production of next generation biofuels is not an easy task and their market launch is accompanied by many economic and technological setbacks (see Article on the bankruptcy of Choren Industries GmbH). If we see healthy young biofuels on the markets in a few years' time, these birth trials have paid off.
After all, next-generation biofuels are also the great hope and innovation drivers of liquid bioenergy worldwide. Advantages of nextgen biofuels there are many compared to their established pioneers of the first generation.
The start of the European BioBoost project is therefore great news for all bioenergy enthusiasts and shows that Europe also wants to strengthen its innovative strength in this future-oriented industry. About the EU projects COACH BioEnergy and EnAlgae I have already reported. These also aim to promote bioenergy in Europe.
I wish BioBoost every success and all project partners involved a creative team spirit.