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New and improved processes and techniques, based on the cost-effective production of biobutanol, will produce a new generation of cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuels.

Such is the aim of the new EU-funded BUTANEX project (Next Generation Biobutanol) which held a successful kick off meeting in Brussels on 21-22 May 2015.

Our project is designed to test, validate and optimise, at lab and pilot scale, the individual stages of the process supply chain to produce cost-competitive biobutanol from three types of lignocellulosic biomass and waste. The final result will contribute to the European 10% target for renewable transportation fuels by 2020

—Tim Davies from Green Biologics, the ButaNexT coordinator, during the project kick off meeting.

ButaNexT’s team and aims

The partnership includes a multidisciplinary team formed by five SMEs, one large enterprise and three research centres, based in four European countries. Together they will develop new technologies that will allow for the reduction of biobutanol production costs through the diversification of sustainable feedstocks, the improvement of conversion yields and efficiency, and a reduction on energy requirements and water usage.

Based on the final product, the project experts will define the optimal blends of biobutanol with fossil fuels and conventional biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel) to improve their performance characteristics for further selection and validation of the most promising ones to be used in gasoline and diesel engines.

C-Tech is responsible for the exploitation planning of the ButaNexT project, using the business model canvas.


The business model canvas

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Co-funded by the European Union under the FP7 programme

Bob Crawford

Dr Bob Crawford

Project Manager

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