30 May 2017, Manizales, Colombia
The second SMIBIO workshop on small-scale biorefineries took place at University of Colombia Sede Manizales, Colombia, on 30 May 2017. It was held in the Auditorio Principal Biblioteca Carlos Enrique Ruiz and included an update of the results on processes and economic calculations of different kinds of biorefineries gained so far during the SMIBIO project.
The SMIBIO workshop participants were welcomed in the morning by the Colombian organizer Carlos Cardona, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the National University of Colombia at Manizales. Prof. Cardona made a short introduction into the topic of biorefineries and presented the programme of the day.
Further welcome words were given by Francisco Gírio, Senior Researcher, Head of Bioenergy Unit of LNEG (National Laboratory of Energy and Geology) in Portugal, and also coordinator of the SMIBIO project.
In the 2nd SMIBIO workshop, SMIBIO case studies from Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Portugal were presented. Specific presentations on Anaerobic Digestion in Biorefineries, Green Biorefineries and Fractionation Processes for Biorefineries were also shown.
The presentations gave an overview about state of the art and challenges for small-scale biorefineries in rural areas. The speakers, together with workshop participants, showed and elaborated also solutions for some of the challenges identified.
Generally, in the workshop, detailed knowledge about biorefineries was shared with the workshop participants. For example, for all presented case studies, a specific technological design is needed to obtain the required biorefinery products, like for instance bioethanol. Furthermore, the best pretreatment methods and technologies for different feedstocks were shown.
The elaboration of all these ideas contribute to one objective of the SMIBIO project, the analysis of realistic biorefinery possibilities for the bio-economy development in Latin America and Europe.