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GOLD - Bridging the gap between phytoremediation solutions on growing energy crops on contaminated lands and clean biofuel production

Duration:
48 months (2025)
Principal investigator(s):
Project type:
UE-funded research - H2020 - Societal Challenges - Energy
Funding body:
COMMISSIONE EUROPEA (Commissione Europea)
Project identification number:
PoliTo role:
Affiliated entity

Abstract

GOLD is organized in five work packages (see figure aside) and builds on the three pillars. The first pillar (WP1) aims to optimize selected energy crops for phytoremediation as well as to develop optimized phytoremediation solutions for decontamination purposes. In the second pillar (WP2) the contaminated feedstock of WP1 will be converted to clean biofuels by developing two thermochemical based conversion routes; the first on gasification and the second on pyrolysis. In both routes the main contamination constituents will be collected in a concentrated form: mainly in a vitrified slag with low leachability produced in the gasification in the 1st and in a form of high density biochar in the 2nd. In the third pillar selected value-chains for biofuels production and land decontamination will be modelled and analysed in terms of cost, sustainability and SDGs for the creation of win-win situations. Emphasis is being given on the international collaboration towards Innovation Mission Challenge 4 on Biofuels with the participation of three highly consuming countries (Canada, China and India) thoughtout the value-chains.

Structures

Partners

  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
  • C.R.E.S. - CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES - Coordinator
  • CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
  • CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA E LA DIMOSTRAZIONE SULLE ENERGIE RINNOVABILI
  • ETA - ENERGIA, TRASPORTI, AGRICOLTURA SRL
  • ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
  • GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
  • HUNAN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
  • IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
  • INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI
  • INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
  • INSTITUTE OF BAST FIBER CROPS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES - IBFC
  • METE S.A.
  • NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO - AMMINISTRAZIONE CENTRALE
  • STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
  • UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
  • UNIVERSITE DE SHERBROOKE
  • UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ
  • YNCREA HAUTS DE FRANCE
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Keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_6 - Energy processes engineering

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 2. Porre fine alla fame, raggiungere la sicurezza alimentare, migliorare la nutrizione e promuovere un’agricoltura sostenibile|Obiettivo 7. Assicurare a tutti l’accesso a sistemi di energia economici, affidabili, sostenibili e moderni|Obiettivo 15. Proteggere, ripristinare e favorire un uso sostenibile dell’ecosistema terrestre

Budget

Total cost: € 3,818,421.25
Total contribution: € 3,818,421.25
PoliTo total cost: € 40,000.00
PoliTo contribution: € 40,000.00

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