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Funding Opportunites - European Bioenergy Projects

There are 2 great funding opportunities for your industrial biotechnology-using projects open at the moment. Please see the information below and contact us for more information or to help you find partners.

BESTF (Bioenergy Sustaining the Future)

An ERANET+ is open to fund demonstrator projects across 7 bioenergy value chains. Projects are expected to be £5m+, more details are here.

Eight EU Member States and Associated Countries (UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) will fund organisations in their countries, in some cases up to 100%.

Deadline for submitting Stage 1 proposals is 27 March 2013 and the funds will be used to support projects that fit into one or more of these 7 value chains:

  1. Synthetic liquid fuels and/or hydrocarbons and blending components via gasification
  2. Bio-methane and other synthetic gaseous fuels from biomass via gasification
  3. High-efficiency heat and power generation via gasification of biomass
  4. Bioenergy carriers via other thermochemical processes (e.g. pyrolysis, torrefaction)
  5. Ethanol and higher alcohols from ligno-cellulosic feedstock via fermentation
  6. Renewable hydrocarbons through biological and/or chemical synthesis from biomass containing carbohydrates
  7. Bioenergy carriers from CO2 and sunlight through microorganism-based production and upgrading into fuels and valuable bio-products

ERANET Bioenergy

The Technology Strategy Board is going to fund the 7th call in the ERANET in Bioenergy. We funded the previous, 6th call, focussed on biogas and biomass - two UK companies will be supported in a single project looking at the use of anaerobic digestion for energy generation. Details of the next call will appear here and we will be funding organisations, in some cases up to 100%.

The draft topics of the 7th call are:

-    Small-scale systems for thermochemical biomass conversion to heat and power: Demonstration and optimisation of alternative, unexploited biofuels or “difficult” feedstocks in the conversion process (e.g. practical experiences with set-up of operations, maintenance, operation optimisation, fuel management, and minimising the operational problems arising from the use of agricultural fuels at small scale).
-    Small-scale solid biomass conversion: development and implementation of innovative CHP methods for solid biomass conversion to allow for a regional energy  energy supply or integration into existing larger systems (optimisation of economics and operational costs of small-scale heat or heat CHP production
-    Design and optimisation of small-scale bioenergy systems or value chains through business modelling or socioeconomic studies
-    Emission reduction technologies: minimising particle and other hazardous emissions from small-scale biomass conversion and improving the economic efficiency. of such plants.
-    Optimisation (backfitting) of existing biomass combustion units: achieving low levels of hazardous components in exhaust gases with high economic efficiency
-    Biomass fuel optimisation: achieving low emissions from small units with the scope for non-woody fuels
-    Systems combining small-scale bioenergy with other renewable technologies, e.g. solar thermal, photovoltaic, hydrogen.


Merlin Goldman

Technology Strategy Board

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