The project focuses on development of a novel, technically and economically viable process for conversion of whole plant biomass into a diverse range of biofuels, foods and high-value added chemicals from a single feedstock, rapeseed. This will be achieved by overcoming the identified, critical process bottlenecks of present rapeseed – to- biodiesel, -bioethanol,- biohydrogen, -biogas, -and high value-added products conversion technologies. The project aims at an innovative biorefinery process approach focusing on 1) Field studies to investigate and optimize rapeseed crop production, harvesting, storage and transport, 2) Laboratory scale studies devoted to the rapeseed oil extraction, production of high value-added chemicals from oilseed bioprocessing, development of new enzymatic transesterification process for biodiesel production, pre-treatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose and hemicellulose for downstream bioconversion to bioethanol and biohydrogen, 3) Pilot scale study at DTU to optimize a two steps process for biohydrogen and biomethane production from the process wastewaters, 4) Supply chain analysis based on Life-Cycle – assessment methodologies for comparison of different process chains from well to product. Sensitivity analysis will be devoted to determine bottlenecks for different processes. Additionally, key emissions and/or resource consumption data related to the individual processes will be identified for further optimization of the overall biorefinery concept, 5) Demonstration of the final biorefinery concept at DONG existing infrastructure.
|Effective start/end date||01/01/2009 → 31/12/2011|