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Newsletter April 2020
Welcome to the newsletter of the European AGROinLOG Horizon 2020 project!
Read the most recent results with regard to the validation of different bio-commodities produced in the three real experimental plants: in Spain at a fodder industry, in Greece at an olive oil industry and in Sweden inside a grain milling industry.
Enjoy your read and stay tuned for the final results that will be released in the final newsletter!
Fodder Industry in Spain
Validation of herbaceous blend pellets for the energy market
Bio-commodities for new applications based on pure herbaceous pellets
Τhe Spanish agro-industry “Pascual Sanz” produced herbaceous blend pellets for the energy market which were satisfactory validated by means of combustion tests in different facilities. The blends were tested first in CIRCE’s combustion facilities, and then with several end-users, obtaining very satisfactory results. 
Beyond the energy market, we explored the production of other bio-commodities based pure herbaceous pellets, such us: bio-boards, thermoplastics reinforced with natural fibres, adsorbent for hydrocarbons and activated carbon for supercapacitors. The results are very promising, demonstrating the huge potential of agro-residues as alternative raw materials for new applications.
"Green" chemicals from herbaceous biomass
AGROinLOG has evaluated the feasibility of producing green chemicals from herbaceous biomass. The motivation was to valorise these type of crop residues in Spain where there is high availability. Namely, the production of levulinic acid and furfural was demonstrated using different herbaceous biomass: corn stalks, wheat straw and barley straw.
Olive oil Industry in Greece
Combustion of solid biofuels from olive tree prunings
Particleboards production from olive prunings

Olive tree prunings can be used either in hog fuel or in chip or pellet form for the production of bioenergy.

AGROinLOG investigated the combustion efficiency of fuels derived from olive tree pruning and their validation at industrial boilers.

The olive tree prunings and the respective solid biofuels (pellets) that were produced form these prunings, were used in various industrial facilities with biomass boilers in order to validate their suitability as solid biofuels.

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Apart from the exploitation of olive prunings for energy purposes, the production of other bio-commodities such as particleboards, used in the construction and furniture sector, may be applied.

We investigated the potential of producing particleboards from olive prunings by replacing common wood at 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% rate.

Different samples of olive tree prunings in terms of olive variety, pruning thickness and presence of olive leaves, were used for testing the production of particleboards.

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Phenols Extraction from Olive Oil sector residues
In AGROinlOG we tested the effect of different solvents for the extraction of phenolics from olive mill waste residues. It was shown that the total amount of phenolics is both dependent on the type of extraction and the solvent used. Furthermore, the different types of olive mill waste residues play an important role in the extraction of phenolics.
Grain Milling Industry in Sweden
Processes to produce 2nd generation ethanol from wheat straw
Results from the validation of bio-oil and bio-char

AGROinLOG has evaluated the technical and economic feasibility of a biomass chain based on cereal processing. The biomass chain also includes lignocellulosic residual streams which are generated in large volumes.

In an effort to produce 2nd generation ethanol from wheat straw, AGROinLOG investigated the required processes to utilize all major components of straw.

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The profitability of second-generation ethanol production may increase if the solid lignin residue is valorised to an added-value product. One possible route, which was investigated in AGROinLOG, is hydrothermal liquefaction. That is a method based on high temperature and pressure enabling the conversion of a solid material into a major liquid fraction and a minor solid, char, fraction. 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 727961. Disclaimer excluding Agency responsibility. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this document lies entirely with the authors.

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