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Co-processing of bio-liquids in standard refinery units

A project to develop process steps allowing biomass feedstock to be co-fed to a conventional oil refinery with energy and oxygenated chemicals as co-products, has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

Supported by the EC’s Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Development with a grant up to €7.6 million, the BIOCOUP project addresses the T6 thematic priority: Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems. The project, which started in May 2006, will last until 2011.

The critical process steps in BIOCOUP are currently developed on a laboratory-scale, which could make it possible to move into industrial pilots after the project is completed.

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