AGROinLOG – New EU project for integrated centers for food, feed and energy

AGROinLOG – New EU agro-industry project for food, feed and energy

Photo: The Lantmännen Agroetanol ethanol from grain unit in Norrköping Sweden is a project partner for the possibility also to include the straw for biofuels production. For a total cost of 6 million Euro,almost all applied as grants from the EU Horizon 20 programme, will a project with 13 partners from 7 EU countries and Ukraina from November 1 2016 to 30 April 2020 run. It will demonstrate the concept of Integrated Biomass Logistic Centres (IBLC) for food and non-food products and evaluate their technical, environmental and economic feasibility. The project is coordinated from Spain

The project is based on three agroindustriial sectors:
• fodder (Spain),
• olive oil production (Greece)
• cereal processing (Sweden)

All sectors are willing to deploy new business lines in their facilities to open new markets in bio-commodities (energy, transport and manufacturing purposes) and intermediate bio-products (transport and biochemicals).

These sectors represent over 10 percent turnover of agro-food industries and 30 percent of those with inherent synergies to integrate food and non-food business taking advantage of their existing equipment, seasonality and established food logistics.

The synergies of applying IBLCs business in existing agro-industries can have a positive impact over 18 percent in final product price, giving a clear competitive strength to a wide segment of agro-industries, which can exploit this privileged situation compared to a new biomass supply business built from scratch.

The project is built on these agro-industries that will achieve a TRL 7-8 in their facilities, guaranteeing operation under real conditions and with big amounts of production compared to the current activity, ensuring proximity to real market at
the end of the project. TRL is an abbreviation for Technological Readiness Level in a scale from 0 to 10. The level 7 includes a system prototype and level 8 demonstrated completed systems.

Main challenges are based on being able to integrate logistics, harvesting and equipment in food and non-food applications, where the project is focused; ensuring marketability of the final bio-commodities. Besides, AGROinLOG will apply a multi-actor approach to attain experiences and knowledge of the sectors and agro-industries, enhancing the accuracy of the business models and developing effective and friendly guidelines of best practices to replicate and spread IBLC concept in Europe.

This project will contribute towards employment stability –seasonality avoidance-, rural development and bio-economy goals.

Sweden lignine and ethanol
In Sweden SP Processum and SP unit for agriculture, will support ethanol production at the Lantmännen Agroetanol facility in Norrköping. The possiblility to integrate straw for ethanol produktion at the facility will be evaluated. SP Processum will build an pilot to separate the lignine part from the straw and also find a market for the separated lignine. Different pre-process treatment options will be tested before the use of the existing SP Processum HTL Hydrothermal liquefaction which will be applied to produce a bioil from the linguine flow.

Paula Segura from Lantmännen says:
“Lantmännen Agroetanol is very interested in this project. It may be an important tool to improve the value from lignocellulosic feed stock.”

Tomas Gustafsson, SP Processum. says:
“Our focus has so far beed on a forest feedstock so we think it will be exiting to use our processes also on lignine extracted from straw says.”

The 3 year project will also work with the logistic, supply of feed stock and different business models for the ethanol plant in Norrköping.

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