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Economic impact and exploitation of results

One the major scientific and technological impacts of the SMIBIO Project is the development of general tools and methods to properly assess and optimize the techno-economic viability (IRR, NPV and production costs) in a sustainable environmental assessment (LCA) including the social impacts (improvement in living conditions, job creation and new opportunities for rural development identification) for any small-scale integrated biorefinery in rural and small urban areas of any EU and LAC countries.

The identified top-value chemicals to be produced in the small-scale biorefineries include amongst others xylitol (use as an intermediary chemical as raw material for chemical conversions), furfural (great potential of both ionic liquids and high pressure fluids) and bio-succinic acid (has the potential to greatly offset the use of petroleum-based succinic acid).

Concerning energy efficiency, the SMIBIO Project will explore the integration of solar energy as a thermal energy source in the biorefinery process, and thus reducing the energy demand.


Bioenergy Events

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) 2017

9-11 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium



3rd SMIBIO Workshop and Advanced Classes

14-15 November 2017, Cuernavaca, Mexico



2017 AEBIOM Conference

21-22 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium


The SMIBIO project is implemented in the framework of ERANet-LAC, a Network of the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean Countries (CELAC) co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and technology Development (FP7).

Support is provided by the following national funding organisations:

BMBF/DLR, Germany
FCT, Portugal