The SUPRABIO project investigated, developed and demonstrated a toolkit of novel generic processes that can be applied to a range of biorefinery concepts. These biorefinery concepts include a biochemical route for the production of second generation (lignocellulosic) ethanol, mixed organic acids or nanocellulose from straw and a thermochemical route for the production of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) fuels or dimethyl ether (DME) from forest residues. Furthermore, a number of other routes or add-ons were investigated. In the last couple of years, a controversial discussion on the net benefit of biofuels, bioenergy and bio-based materials has been going on, showing that the use of biomass is not sustainable per se, just because biomass is a renewable resource. Against this background, a comprehensive integrated sustainability assessment was conducted to validate the benefits and risks of the investigated SUPRABIO biorefinery concepts by means of a multi-criteria evaluation and, ultimately, to provide a basis for decision making processes.


February 2010 – August 2014


European Commission's FP 7 program under grant agreement no 241640


In cooperation with University of Oxford (UOXF.DF) (UK), Borregaard Industries Ltd (NO), United Utilities plc UK, StatoilHydro ASA (NO), Biogasol (DK), Biomass Technology Group BV (BTG) (NL), Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (IMM) (DE), Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (IFEU) (DE), Algetech Industrier AS (NO), University of Aalborg (AAUK) (DK), University of Manchester (UNIMAN) (UK), Insitut fur Umweltstudien (IUS) (DE), Energy Technology Centre, Piteå (ETC) (SE), International Lignin Institute (ILI) (CH), Wuppertal Institute (WI) (DE), AlgoSource Technologies (AST) (FR), Greenvalue Recherche Dévelopement SA (CH)

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