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Three types of biogenic residues will be treated: Paper Sludge from cardboard production, fruit & vegetables processing wastes from baby food production, and waste olive pomace from olive oil extraction.
Generally, biomass conversion technologies are developed for specific streams treatment and applications, being consequently limited in their feedstock flexibility and potential for dispatchable distributed power generation. The F-CUBED process has been designed to handle a wide range of biomasses, albeit all wet and difficult to dewater mechanically, and balance the features of different unit operations, in order to meet the requirements of a feedstock flexible conversion technology.
Furthermore, F-CUBED goes beyond current thermochemical upgrading, through the integration of thermochemical biomass conversion with N-P-K recovery, liquid internal circulation anaerobic treatment and advanced dewatering of hydrothermal slurries.
F-CUBED is a research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, under the topic LC-SC3-RES-16-2019 “Development of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system” of the call H2020-LC-SC3-2019-NZE-RES-CC.
F-CUBED main objective is to validate the flexible conversion of biogenic residue to intermediate bioenergy carriers, at TRL5. It will evaluate the use of these intermediate bioenergy carriers as a feedstock to increase the flexibility of the power grid, and to produce transportation and heavy industry fuels. It will target residues that do not compete with land that is applicable to food or feed production. This overall objective will be achieved by meeting specific objectives in the technological, economic and sustainability domains.
The project, through a systemic and multidisciplinary approach, will develop and validate, in an industrial environment, methods to increase the efficiency of bio-based value chains and to establish new supply and value chains in the bio-based economy. The project will involve actors covering the whole value and supply chains in order to promote a better management of resources, increase the added value of agro/food and paper by-products and waste streams ultimately improving the cascading use of bio-based resources.
Our ambition is to validate a game-changing biomass thermochemical process technology, to enable the production of intermediate bioenergy carriers with superior and uniform fuel properties from biogenic residues, without using higher quality fuels heating.
F-CUBED process will suppose and advancement in the state of the art on hydrothermal treatment of lignocellulosic and biological residues, mechanical dewatering of biogenic suspensions, N-P-K recovery via acid leaching and precipitation, anaerobic treatment of organic effluents, pelleting for combustion and gasification and briquetting for ironmaking.
We look for professionals interested in taking advantage of F-CUBED technology at industrial level. We look for researchers and professionals interested in exploring the possibilities of the project results for further research or industrial applications. Also, the joint organization of dissemination events seem a very efficient option to us. Let’s give us the opportunity to take the best advantage of the research effort, talking about our synergies.