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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01055

AcronymFERMATEC

Proposal titleDevelopment of a Biotechnological High yield Process for Ethanol Production,

Based on a Continuous Fermentation Reactor

AbstractFermentation is the limiting step in alcohol production using agricultural sub-products and

it as been performed in batch, low yield reactors. The mainobjective of this project is to

develop a continuous Fluidised- Bed Bioreactor -Three Phase (FBR -3P) whth higher

fermentation yields, that will be scaled-up andtested at semi-industrial level. A new

configuration of FBR-3P, working in down- flow, will be tested, including selection of a

suitable solid phase for good inoculae immobilisation. Also, a mixed inoculum of

Zimomonas Mobilis and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae will be tested. With FBR-3P,

productivity should reach values from 25 to 28 g EtOH /L.d , which means from 5 to 10

times comparing with existent batch processes, with less energy requirement. It will be

possible to recover evaporated alcohol and also a big amount of carbon dioxide as a

sub-product. This proposal fits in European politic of substitution of fossil fuels and

valuable recovery of agricultural sub-products.

Key ActionQOL-5.   Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectRTD Project (Collaborative Research)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorEngineer António FERREIRACompany sizeS2

TECNIA- PROCESSOS E EQUIPAMENTOS INDUSTRIAIS E AMBIENTAIS, LDA

Rua José Pedro Lopes, Ed. Miramar, Lj-8 Santa Cruz

2560 - TORRES VEDRAS

Portugal

Phone: 351261933246

Fax: 351261933575

Email: tecnia@mail.telepac.pt              amcmf@mail@telepac.pt

Internet: www.tecnia.net

SME Proposer(s)

ARGUS UMWELTBIOTECHNOLOGIE GMBHGermanyS3

Last update18/6/2001

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