An initiative of 5 EU organisations

RESIPE is a co-financed project by the European Commission through the Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006) for research, technological development and demonstration (RTD).
A consortium of 5 partners from Northern, Central Europe and Mediterranean countries proposed to overhaul the EU sugar sector and contribute to the reform of the European sugar industry assigning them the role of supplier of low-cost heat and electricity via cogeneration and bioethanol for the transport sector as well as other valuable materials, using polygeneration technology.

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Fostering the use of agricultural biomass to reduce the dependence from fossil fuels, R&D community made efforts for developing the technological concept of biorefinery. A biorefinery facility integrates biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce biofuels, power, and value-added chemicals from biomass.

Industries converting lignocellulosic biomass into a wide range of products fit the scope of a biorefinery.

Sugar Platform Biorefineries breaks biomass down into different types of sugars for fermentation or other biological processing into liquid transportation fuels such as biodiesel and/or bioethanol and at the same time generating electricity and process heat, through combined heat and power (CHP) technology.

For example, in a Sugar Biorefinery based on sugar cane, the main biomass-energy chains are the conversion of molasses to bioethanol, use of bagasse for heat and electricity generation as well as use of bagasse for conversion to bioethanol, and finally the vinasse’s to methane.

Either from sugar cane, sugar beets or sweet sorghum, the high-value products increase profitability of the company, the produced biofuels help meet energy demand, and the power production reduces the energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions from conventional power plant facilities.

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March 16th, 2009

Technology Implementation Guide

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February 26th, 2009

Final RESIPE workshop in Brussels, Belgium.

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February 17th, 2009

2nd RESIPE Study Tour in the ethanol and alcohol plant of Cristanol and the sugar factory of Cristal Union in Bazancourt.

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13th January, 2009

Implementation of the study tour in a pilot plant producing 2nd generation bioethanol.

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October 2nd, 2008

3rd RESIPE workshop in Athens, Greece.

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17th June, 2008

2nd RESIPE workshop in Warsaw, Poland.

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7th February, 2008

1st RESIPE workshop in Verona, Italy.

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8th October, 2007

RESIPE kick-off meeting in Athens.

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