Fast pyrolysis is a relatively new biomass thermochemical conversion method in comparison to combustion and gasification. A wide range of routes can be explored for the use of bio-oils, upgrading and extraction of chemicals. It is not possible for one nation to be the sole driver of this renewable technology. International collaboration is the best possible solution to accelerate the research and technology development. Further implementation of this technology will need a coherent approach involving academia, industry and policy makers. The composition of the consortium has been optimised in view of these challenges. The consortium partners bring a wealth of research experience and a range of advanced technologies from biomass characterisation, computational process modelling, reaction kinetics and catalytic processes across various disciplines including biology, chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Together, the partners form a unique team of excellence, uniting various innovative approaches in both generic and specific types.
ECOFUEL is building an international partnership for new second generation biofuel processes: the research will set the foundation stones for technologies being developed, that have the potential to be commercialised. The partnership will make further contributions to overcoming barriers to commercialisation. For instance, costs of fast pyrolysis units can be reduced substantially through joint ventures between Chinese and European manufacturers. It is likely that large-scale implementation of this technology will initially take place in countries like China, while the EU will benefit as a key technology provider as the market grows. The knowledge gained from Chinese and European experience on this biofuel technology will pave the way for commercial implementation in the future.
ECOFUEL will effectively integrate respective regional programmes for better allocation and utilisation of resources, in particular to achieve the critical mass required to move the second generation of biofuels forward.
The international partners included in this research consortium include Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Aalto University; Finland; University of Southampton, UK and Aston University, UK.
ECOFUEL aims to: