Place: Europe
Year(s): 2007-2009
Sector: Biomass & Bioenergy

Reform of the European Sugar Industry based on Polygeneration with the use of Energy Crops

Project Description
RESIPE is a co-financed project by the European Commission through the Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006) for research, technological development and demonstration (RTD).

The range of energy crops that may be used in sugar production is extremely wide and diverse. The project’s aim is to contribute to the reform of the European sugar industry assigning them the role of supplier of low-cost heat and electricity via cogeneration and bioethanol for the transport sector as well as other valuable materials, using polygeneration technology.

A number of innovative polygeneration systems based on sugar beet, sweet sorghum or other energy crops are under development world widely. These systems are based on available technology, integrated into the sugar industry and are ready to be demonstrated in many European countries including UK and Italy, as well as in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

The project has been designed to collect, analyse and disseminate technical knowledge and experience from the implementation of polygeneration based on energy crops under the concept of bio-refineries in sugar industry with certain energy, environmental, societal and economic benefits. The targeted sector of the sugar industry will be that of Greece, Italy, Sweden and Poland. However, the project results will be disseminated widely to the EU sugar industry, since there is a list of sugar plants around Europe who have already expressed their interest in the project results and in participating in information dissemination activities.

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Project partners
The consortium consists of 5 independent European firms with strong reputation of high-calibre expertise and provision of quality services in their respective fields. Together they form a very strong team capable of addressing the challenges of the RESIPE project.

The EU firms are:

EXERGIA S.A. (Coordinator)

BAFF – BioAlcohol Fuel Foundation

KSC S.A. – Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A

ETA-Florence Renewable Energies

ECBREC/IPiEO – EC Baltic Renewable Energy Centre