Research project corresponding to the call 2011 and reference: ENE2011-29643-C02-01, within of the Subprogram of fundamental not-oriented research of the National Plan of Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2008-2011.
First generation of biofuels has failed largely in contributing to solve the problems faced by the curret energy system, whereas their commercial penetration has created new ones: competition with the food market with strong increases in the prices, enhanced deforestation and uncertainties about the real benefits in terms of produced energy and reduction of greenhouse gases emissions. Therefore, there is a high need and urgency in developing new processes for the production of biofuels according to sustainability criteria and without any competition with the food market, which are usually called second generation biofuels. In this context, the overall goal of this coordinated research project, jointly performed by the Thermochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energía and the Department of Chemical and Energy Technology of URJC, is the development of catalytic processes for the production of second generation biofuels. Thereby, the biomass that will be employed as raw material include oils from non-edible-plants, such as jatropha, oils derived from microalgae and bio-oils obtained by thermal treatments of lignocellulosic biomass.
Partners: IMDEA Energy Institute (Coordinator); URJC; Repsol YPF, S.A.; Abengoa Bioenergía; AlgaEnergy, S.A.
Funding Institution/Program: Ministry of Science and Innovation/Subprogram of fundamental not-oriented research
Period: January 2012-December 2014
Principal researcher: David Serrano