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CYCLALG: Technological centers network to develop algae-based biorefinery (2016 – 2019)

CYCLALG is an R+D+i project whose purpose is to develop and validate technological processes which improve the economic profitability and environmental sustainability of the process to obtain biodiesel via microalgae culture.

CYCLALG has introduced the heterotrophic culture of microalgae as a necessary strategy to increase to the productivity of oil and as such improve process profitability.

The project has adopted the principles of Circular Bioeconomy and aims to improve the value of microalgae biomass via efficient use of resources and lengthening the lifespan of waste.

CYCLALG has a 3 year duration and a budget of 1.4 million euros, 65% of which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Funder (FEDER) via the Interreg  Programme V-A SPAIN-FRANCE-Andorra (POCTEFA 2014-2020).

A multidiscipline consortium of 6 transfrontier bodies are taking part to achieve CYCLALG targets and complement their areas of specialisation providing knowledge, tools and the necessary resources to complete the work framework presented in the project.

BRISK II: Biofuel Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge

BRISK2 launched in 2017 and follows in the footsteps of BRISK, which originally ran from 2011 until its completion in 2015, funding numerous research visits across Europe. BRISK was focused on thermal conversion research projects. BRISK2 has a broader scope and welcomes applications from any researcher or team of researchers working in biofuel.

ButaNext: Butanol New Generation (2015-2018) 

The ButaNexT European project aims to validate an integrated process more sustainable (economic, social and environmental) for the production of butanol from different types of raw materials that do not compete in the food sector (wheat straw, miscanthus and organic fraction of municipal solid waste). In addition, the properties of different mixtures of butanol with fossil fuels (gasoline and diesel) and biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel) and motor behavior is also assed.

The ButaNexT project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and innovation Programme under grant agreement n° 640462

PERCAL (2017-2020)

Chemical building blocks from versatile MSW biorefinery

PERCAL project develops intermediate chemical products of significant industrial interest (bioethanol, lactic acid, succinic acid) at high yield and purity using the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (MSW) as raw material. These products will be used as chemical building blocks to manufacture eco-friendly ethyl lactate, hot melt adhesives, biopolyester-polyols for the production of polyurethanes, as well as for the fabrication of biosurfactants from lipid and protein remaining fraction of biowaste.

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SECTOR (2012-2015)

FP7 EU Energy work programme. “Supporting market introduction of torrefied products as solid sustainable energy carrier”.

CENER provides its technical know-how and infrastructures to develop the two main technologies covered by this Project: torrefaction and densification.

ENERGREEN (2012-2014)

Project aimed at readapting conventional micro-algae cultures to obtain microorganisms with higher productive potential – compared to the equivalent amount of oil – and suitable for producing bio-diesel in a more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way.


VALUE (2011-2013)

Exchange and technology transfer on recovery of waste from processed vegetable industry.

BUTANOL (2010-2012)

Government of Navarra: Technological Pole Projects.“Evaluation of butanol production and use in petrol”.

CENER coordinates the project and participates in the development of butanol production process at laboratory scale.

ECODIESEL (2008-2011)

FP7 EU Energy work programme. “High efficiency biodiesel plant with minimum GHG emissions for improved FAME production from various raw materials”.

CENER developed a tool to calculate GHGs and energy balances in the biodiesel (FAME) production process.

Biorefinergy in Navarre

The region of Navarra, Spain, has important agriculture and agro-industrial outputs that can be used as feedstocks in a biorefinery plant. For this reason, several research organizations in the region have joined efforts to carry out a project for the definition of a biorefinery concept design for the Navarra region.


The main objective of the project is to develop a high power boiler, in the range of 15-25 MW electric, for the combustion of multi-fuel biomass renewable 100%, which allows the use of all kinds of biomass, including the most difficult ones (due to its corrosion effects and increased generation of slags and deposits), and requires 2% less biomass than state-of-the-art technology.

LOGISTEC (2012—2015)

FP7 EU-KBBE work programme. “Logistics for Energy Crops”.

CENER participates by coordinating the demonstration taskforce engaged in implementing the research advances made in the project into different practical industrial case studies.

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