Faculty

BIOBOOST - Biomass based energy intermediates boosting biofuel production

A market  implementation scheme of ramping up energy carrier production and subsequent phase in of large scale gasification is developed  regarding optimal technical and economic performance. Separation of nutrients and chemicals further increase economics.

the share of biomass for renewable energy in Europe demands conversion pathways which are economic, flexible in feedstock and energy efficient. The BioBoost project concentrates on dry and wet residual biomass and wastes as feedstock for de-central conversion by fast pyrolysis, catalyti pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonisation to the intermediate energy carriers oil, coal or slurry. Based on straw the energy density increases from 2 to 20-31 GJ/m3, enabling central GW scale gasification plants for biofuel production. The catalytic pyrolysis reduces oxygenates in the oil to 13% enabling power and refinery applications. The fast pyrolysis and HTC processes of demo-size (0.5-1 t/h) are optimized for feedstock flexibility, yield, quality and further upscaling  is studied. A logistic model for feedstock supply and connection of de-central with central conversion is set up and validated allowing the determination of costs, the number and location of de-central and central sites. Techno/economic and environmental assessment of the value chain supports the optimisation of products and processes. Application of energy carriers is investigated in existing and coming applications of heat and power production, synthetic fuels&chemicals and as biocrude for refineries. Promising pathways will be demonstrated over the whole chain. A market implementation scheme of ramping
up energy carrier production and subsequent phase in of large scale gasification is developed regarding optimal technical and economic performance.  Separation of nutrients and chemicals further increase economics.

Seven industrial companies, three of which SME and five R&D institutions from 7 European countries cover expertise along the complete chain: Feedstock, Increasing the share of biomass for renewable energy in Europe demands conversion pathways which are economic, flexible in feedstock and energy efficient. The BioBoost
project concentrates on dry and wet residual biomass and wastes as feedstock for de-central conversion by fast pyrolysis, catalytic pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonisation to the intermediate energy carriers oil, coal or slurry. Based on straw the energy density increases from 2 to 20-31 GJ/m3, enabling central GW scale gasification plants for biofuel
production. The catalytic pyrolysis reduces oxygenates in the oil to 13% enabling power and refinery applications. The fast pyrolysis and HTC processes of demo-size (0.5-1 t/h)
are optimized for feedstock flexibility, yield, quality and further upscaling is studied. A logistic model for feedstock supply and connection of de-central with central conversion is set up and validated allowing the determination of costs, the number and location of de-central and central sites. Techno/economic and environmental assessment of the value chain supports the optimisation of products and processes. Application of energy carriers is investigated in existing and coming

 


2016
G. K. Kronberger, E. Pitzer, S. Kühner, K. Lenz - Logistic Optimization for Renewable Energy Carriers - 14th Symposium Energy Innovation (EnInnov2016), Graz, Austria, 2016, pp. 1-12 more
2015
E. Pitzer, G. K. Kronberger - Concise Supply-Chain Simulation Optimization for Large Scale Logistic Networks in Computational Intelligence and Efficiency in Engineering Systems (Contributions to Book: Part/Chapter/Section 30), (Editors: G. Borowik, Z. Chaczko, L.G. Ford, W. Jacak, T. Luba) - Springer,… more
2015
M. Affenzeller, A. Beham, S. Vonolfen, E. Pitzer, S. M. Winkler, S. Hutterer, M. Kommenda, M. Kofler, G. K. Kronberger, S. Wagner - Simulation-Based Optimization with HeuristicLab in Applied Simulation and Optimization (Contributions to Book: Part/Chapter/Section 1), (Editors: M. Mujica Mota, I. De… more
2014
S. Rotter, S. Brunner, E. Pitzer, S. Hutterer, C. Rohrhofer - Designing Trans-European Logistics Networks for Biogenic Residues-based Energy Carrier Production - Proceedings 4th Central European Biomass Conference, Graz, Austria, 2014, pp. 235 more