Model platform for reactor design production of hydrocarbons

Projecttitel: Gathering and translating the developed knowledge on product separation in fermentative production of hydrocarbons and expertise into a model platform that can be used for reactor design, which is associated with the BE Basic project: Integrated Bioreactor for Microbial Production of Diesel and Jet Biofuels
Projectnummer: BBE-1204
Looptijd: 2016 – 2017
Budget publiek: € 95.000
Budget privaat: € 95.000
Projectleider: Maria Cuellar Soares
Betrokken partijen: Bioprocess pilot facility, Delft Advanced Biofuels, Delft University of Technology

During the fermentative production of hydrocarbons, product separation is often complicated by droplet stabilization and impaired coalescence, leading to emulsion formation. Through BE-Basic1, Delft University of Technology and Delft Advanced Biorenewables (DAB) have developed a proprietary reactor concept to overcome emulsion problems without addition of costly chemicals, energy intensive operations or the use of expensive downstream equipment. The technology is based on gentle gas sparging, where the gas bubbles have two purposes: 1) formation of an axial dispersion and 2) break up the cream to form a continuous oil layer.

The phenomena and working mechanism behind this effective technology are being studied in a BE-BASIC project, but there is a need for more support to demonstrated the technology in a working pilot reactor before such a technology can be implementation in the industry, like modelling, adaptation and installation of pilot equipment and strain development. This inzet project fits well into the BE basic project DIRC (FS05.001.02). Developing a modelling tool to predict the recovery process will be the first target of the project partners. This part of the proposal defined as WP2 and task 1 of WP3 is now separately requested to be funded with on the TKI toeslag.

As a follow up on the BE-Basic project, the aim of this project is to gather and translate the developed knowledge and expertise into a model platform that can be used for reactor design. The model platform a) links all information regarding the process obtained from the potential users and/or from lab and bench scale experiments; b) generates the equipment design; and c) shows a process broad analysis. The modelling platform will be applied to a production process of advanced biofuel with the integrated recovery technology.