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Injecting new life into cellulosic ethanol production

A consortium consisting of three Nordic companies have joined forces to introduce to market an economically feasible concept for sustainable fuel ethanol production from softwood and hardwood, feedstock currently not effectively utilized by any commercially available technology.

Million €
Funding instrument Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)
Project duration 3 years, Aug 2019 – Jul 2021
Partners Terranol (DEN), SEKAB (SWE) and Kanteleen Voima (FIN)

“Spinverse helped us clarify the project concept to take the technology forward, as well as create a compelling storyline to stand out among other applicants in the highly competitive FTI funding scheme,” says Birgitte Rønnow, PhD, Co-founder and CEO of Terranol.

This EU funded project proposal, NewLiEP, was prepared for a consortium consisting of Terranol (DEN), SEKAB (SWE) and Kanteleen Voima (FIN)​. The consortium will further develop and optimize the fermentation concept for lignocellulosic ethanol production and demonstrate its feasibility in near-industrial scale.​ The project will prepare the concept for commercialization on a licensing basis through involvement of a customer to implement the technology as a result of techno-economic validation.​

How we reached the goals

Spinverse supported the consortium of partners from Denmark, Sweden and Finland in the preparation of high-quality proposal for Horizon 2020 funding​. We helped the partners crystallise their project concept and bring out a story that stands out​. We also assisted the members of the consortium in the application and grant negotiation procedures​.

Key takeaways

Global environmental situation creates an urgent need for more sustainable transportation fuels. Ethanol made from lignocellulosic biomass is suitable for substituting fossil fuels in transportation and has potential to reduce greenhouse gas emission by up to 80%, compared to fossil fuels.

The project results will be achieved by means of the innovative CoRyFee fermentation concept which is co-developed by Terranol, yeast technology company, and SEKAB, one of the Europe’s leading ethanol technology providers. The project will be implemented in cooperation with Kanteleen Voima.​




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