Innovation and Networks Executive Agency


INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.
Next Generation Bio-butanol

Bio-butanol is an advanced biofuel with superior fuel properties: it has similar characteristics to petrol and fits with existing fuel infrastructure. In ButaNexT, this alternative fuel is produced from woody residues and wastes, minimising any environmental impact, while ensuring a competitive cost of production. Individual stages of the process supply chain are developed, validated and optimised at lab-scale and then integrated and demonstrated at pilot scale. Tests are performed to check the engine performance, and an assessment is carried out to define societal impacts related to waste minimisation, air pollution and GHG emission reductions, and job creation.

The main achievements of the project so far have been a prototype of a two-stage pre-treatment, testing of a butanol tolerant strains for the fermentation and butanol in situ product recovery from the fermentation broth. Finally, conclusions have been drawn from the butanol-diesel and butanol-gasoline blends under ambient and cold conditions.

The project expects to achieve significant impacts in terms of cost reductions (target $800/T which equates to 50% of current first generation production in China) as well as enhanced energy balances and reduced greenhouse gas emissions vs. conventional biofuel production (target of 85% reduction).

The project output (a technically and economically-validated process) provide the EU with a tremendous opportunity to build an advanced biofuel business from sustainable feedstock. This is strategically important to contribute to the European 10% target for renewable transportation fuels for 2020.

ButaNexT - Blower chamber
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Call for proposals: 
01/05/2015 to 30/04/2018
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Green Biologics Ltd.