Norwegian research partners SINTEF Materials and Chemistry are AMBITION’s overall project managers. Under the leadership of Bernd Wittgens, they are overseeing the common agenda and co-ordination of AMBITION. Part of SINTEF Energy Research, an independent and non-commercial organisation that delivers research-based systems and services, SINTEF MK will also be supporting research in the areas of strain development, biocatalysis, reactor design, product recovery, as well as technical and economical evaluation of process designs.
Portuguese partners, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG) will lead research into ground-breaking and economically efficient bio-mass pre-treatment options. Francisco Girio, Head of the Bioenergy Unit, leads LNEG’s role in studying fractionation of biomass in low-temperature conditions, aiming to achieve an integrated biomass upgrade concept, as well as the development of lignin derived energy products and clean carbohydrate streams.
Dutch partners, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) will lead research into adapting gasification and gas cleaning technologies, under the supervision of Jaap Kiel. Objectives include adapting existing gasification technologies and increasing the value of bio-refinery residues, in particular lignin-rich fractions. They also plan to develop pathways for high added value carbon utilisation from biomass. ECN’s INVESTA is an expertise centre for green gas and biomass gasification, making them an accelerator of innovation for large-scale production of bio-based chemicals and energy.
Danish partners Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will lead research into efficient syngas fermentation, using several bacterial platforms to produce drop-in bio-fuels. Objectives include evolutionary engineering and a bioreactor design to resolve the challenges of mass transfer limitations. Lead by Torbjørn Ølshøj Jensen, they will also be responsible for developing molecular tools and integrating the synthetic pathway for production of 1-butanol into the thermophilic host, M. thermoacetica and increasing the tolerance of the recombinant organisms towards 1-butanol and acetate.
German partners Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have a long tradition of pioneering research, and are leading work on energy system and process design. Led by Prof. Nicolaus Dahmen, their aim is to intelligently combine and integrate production systems into a process model flow sheet that creates overall mass and energy balances. It will include individual process steps, integrated in an overall design that optimises efficiency, valorises renewable hydrogen integration and CO2 utilization and verifies key indicators related to environmental impact.
Spain’s National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) is a non-profit foundation which works to generate knowledge in renewable energy and innovating tools and services that can be transferred to industry to boost sustainable energy development. Led by Idoya Goñi, CENER’s team will mainly focus on biochemical syngas conversion to liquid biofuels (syngas fermentation) and scale-up of the syngas fermentation routes to produce 1-butanol and butyric acid.
Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) is a major Italian research organisation working across 9 research centres. ENEA’s activities focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, nuclear energy, climate and the environment, health and safety, new technologies and electric system research. Led by Francesco Zimbardi, ENEA will be overseeing Biomass organosolv pre-treatment at bench scale, pilot gasification of residues from enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation with updraft configuration.
UK partners from the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University will develop a stable and effective framework for sharing results across both the research sector and industry. Under the supervision of Prof. Tony Bridgwater, EBRI will ensure AMBITION is able to contribute effectively to European bioenergy research & development, maximising exploitation, dissemination and communication of results. This is a core element of the AMBITION project and is in pursuit of the European Common Research Agenda and SET Action plan.