Research projects 2nd call

In December 2017, eight projects were selected to receive funding in the frame of the FACCE SURPLUS ERA-NET 2nd call.

On these pages, you will find more information on the projects.



Small-scale flexi-feed biorefineries : experimental evaluation and development of a decision support tool devoted to agricultural and industrial urban and peri-urban wastes.

The FLEXIBI project aims at implementing combined and coordinated modelling and experimental approaches to design a decision support tool devoted to assess the most efficient and sustainable small-scale biorefinery for undervalorised sources of biomass from agri-industrial and peri-urban wastes. 

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Optimal use and valorization of biomass streams from Cichorium

CichOpt targets biorefinery concepts for sustainable use of all Cichorium biomass available.

To realize this, it will use the most advanced ‘omics’ technologies and smartly designed biorefinery concepts striving for maximal integration by using environmentally and energy-effcient processing, extraction and purification technologies.     

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Integrated system of bioremediation – biorefinering using halophyte species

The project proposes the cultivation of selected halophytes species on salt-affected soils with the aims of developing new value chains from obtained biomass.

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Advanced Biochar Fertilizers for Multiple Ecological Benefits in Soil Conditioning

This project aims to produce a new generation of potent organic fertilizers, based on the recycling of farm and forest residues. Surplus materials such as wood waste, straw, or digestate are subjected to a pyrolysis process and transformed into biochar, a porous solid with a high carbon content.

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Production of ferulic acid, 2,3 Butanediole and microbial plant biostimulants from lignocellulosic biomass by a two-step cascading process 

The DEBUT project aims to develop a small biorefinery process, with two steps: 1) biomass pre-treatment with natural deep eutectic solvents (NADES) and feruloyl-esterase (FAE); and 2) one pot production of a versatile chemical, 2,3 butanediol (2,3-BD), from NADES-FAE pre-treated lignocellulose biomass, by simultaneous saccarification and fermentation (SSF), performed by a plant biostimulant microbial consortia. 

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Solving the problem of locally available wet residue streams by recovering the energy content and extracting the valuable elements from the inorganic part using a small scale biorefinery concept based on the SCWG process

SUPERVALUE aims to make a significant contribution towards fulfilling the long-term EU goal of the transition towards a circular economy. 

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Plug flow reactor –based Acid fermentation for Small-Scale BIOrefineries 

The multidisciplinary PASS-BIO project aims to establish a suitable, cost-efficient bioreactor module for the flexible conversion of a wide variety of feedstock to produce either short-chain carboxylic acids in an acidic fermentation or methane as alternative.

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Protein-fibre fibre biorefinery for scattered material streams

PROWASTE is an international interdisciplinary project aiming at valorisation of protein-rich side-streams into food and feed grade protein and dietary fiber ingredients. The project supports minimal residue production and circular economy by increasing the profitability of food chain from farm to processing.

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