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IBB Netzwerk GmbH. (8/25/14). "Press Release: Towards the Biorefinery of the Future. "Advanced Biomass Value" – Lubricants, Building Materials and Aviation Fuels from Algae and Oil Yeasts".

Organisations Organisation Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern Netzwerk GmbH (IBB Netzwerk GmbH)
  Group Bavaria (govt region)
  Organisation 2 Technical University Munich (TU München, TUM)
Products Product biofuel
  Product 2 algae production
Person Person Völker, Sonja (Bayern (govt) 201301 Project Manager at IBB Netzwerk GmbH)
     


Algae and oil yeasts instead of mineral oil as a base for lubricants, bio-kerosene and building materials. That is the vision of the collaborative project "Advanced Biomass Value". Within the first project year the partners received positive results: suitable strains of algae and oil yeasts were found which achieve good yields on the way to produce functional aviation fuels, lubricants and new building materials. Thus, the project schedule was met and even exceeded in some cases. In the following time the established methods need to be optimized and transferred into a larger scale.

The effort of the ten project partners under the direction of the Department of Industrial Biocatalysis of the Technical University of Munich is to use algae biomass materially and energetically: from fast-growing algae strains lipids are extracted and converted into high-quality lubricants. The remaining algae residues serve as a nutrient for oil yeasts, which will produce bio-kerosene for aviation. Again, the accumulating residues are further processed, this time into CO2-adsorbing materials. This environmentally friendly and economic biorefinery completely uses both algae and oil yeasts. Thus, no waste is generated.

Algae are a so-called "third generation" feedstock. Due to their rapid growth, much biomass can be obtained in a short time. In addition, the cultivation can be done in areas that are not suitable for food production. "Advanced Biomass Value" is a project funded by the BMBF with around 5 million Euros and runs until mid-2016. In the first year of the project the project partners achieved important successes and could show: The project is on the right track towards the biorefinery of the future.
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Background "Advanced Biomass Value"

In the aviation and lubricant industry it is necessary to rethink in regard of the increasing lack of fossil fuels. To continuously meet the demand, alternative resources must be used. Fuels from algae fulfill the standards of today's aviation fuels needs. In addition, the use of algae as feedstock does not compete with food production. Other advantages are that algae fix the greenhouse gas CO2 while growing and have a 10-100 times higher biomass yield per acreage compared to terrestrial plants.

The project partners are: Department of Industrial Biocatalysis of the Technical University of Munich, the Departments of Chemistry of Biogenic Resources, Technical Chemistry II and Biochemical Engineering of the Technical University of Munich, Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology of University Greifswald, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, BBSI UG, EADS Innovation Works, Fuchs Lubricants Europe and NATECO2. The IBB Netzwerk GmbH has supported the project consortium in finding partners, project application and is responsible for network maintenance and the external representation of the project. More information about the project and the project partners can be found at http://www.ibbnetzwerk-gmbh.com/en/sub-networks/advanced-biomass-value/uebersicht/.


Contact:

Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern Netzwerk GmbH
Sonja Völker
Am Klopferspitz 19 | D-82152 Martinsried
Tel.: +49 89 5404547-12 | Fax: +49 89 5404547-15
E-Mail: sonja.voelker@ibbnetzwerk-gmbh.com | Web: www.ibbnetzwerk-gmbh.com

   
Record changed: 2017-04-02

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