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EPSRC Reference: EP/P016650/1
Title: Sustainable excretable biofuels process design and optimisation
Principal Investigator: del Rio Chanona, Mr EA
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Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Chinese Academy of Science East China University of Science & Techn Xiamen University
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 22 May 2017 Ends: 21 May 2020 Value (£): 304,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioenergy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
20 Feb 2017 Energy Fellowships Interview Panel Announced
01 Dec 2016 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 1 and 2 December 2016 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Biofuels produced from algae constitute an outstanding alternative to replace conventional fossil fuels and diversify sustainable energy sources. Because solar energy and atmospheric carbon dioxide are the direct energy and carbon source for biofuel production, no additional carbon dioxide is released to the environment when burning these fuels. Therefore, algae based biofuel production processes are a match for circular economy and are characterised by industrial sustainability.

In order to facilitate the commercialisation of environmentally friendly biofuels, this proposal aims to determine the sustainable excretable biofuels production process routes for transportation energy supply. In particular, three excretable biofuels, biohydrogen (clean transport fuel), biobutanol (replacement of gasoline) and biohydrocarbon (alternative of diesel), will be selected due to their estimated huge global demand in near future. Throughout this project, advanced bioprocess simulation and optimisation methodologies for the economic and environmental assessment of excretable biofuels will be constructed to resolve this challenge. Moreover, the strategies developed in my proposed research can be applied not only to biofuel production, but also to other future bioprocesses.

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