Projects within "Sustainable bio-fuels"
Four research projects, with leaders from Finland (VTT), Norway (SINTEF & NTNU) and Sweden (Chalmers) and participants from all Nordic countries, have been granted funding from TFIs sub-program "Sustainable biofuels".
The call, with a total budget of 30 Million NOK, opened on 15.10.2009 and the deadline for Phase 1 applications was 15.12.2009.
In total 31 applications were received, requesting a total of NOK 244 Million of a total project budget of NOK 342 Million.
The applications were evaluated internally by the Program Committee for the sub-program and the overall quality was high and only very few applications were judged to be a bit weaker or less interesting.
Most applicants, and especially project managers, came from Sweden but also participants from Finland, Norway and Denmark (in descending order) applied actively. Five applicants were from Iceland.
For Phase II of the call, a total of ten applications were invited and they applied for NOK 89 Million out of total project budgets amounting to NOK 131 Million.
Phase II applications were evaluated by an external group of international (non-Nordic) experts. According these evaluators all Phase II applications were of high quality. 4-5-6 applications were placed in a "top class".
The Program Committee held its deciding meeting on 6.5.2010 and allocated funding for three projects:
In addition, the Programme Committee decided to award a reduced grant to the following project:
The first two projects focus on the production of bioethanol and biobutanol. The third project deals with the development of thermochemical gasification.
The fourth project, which currently only has a provisional budget and funding, is more practically oriented and includes applied research and testing of reliability and emission formation in actual use of biofuels in engines.