C.E.R.T.H. – Centre For Research And Technology Hellas
Business Activities: The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (C.E.R.T.H.), the largest research centre in Northern Greece, was founded in 2000 with the mission of carrying out fundamental and applied research with emphasis on development of novel products and services of industrial, economic and social importance in fields like Chemical Processes and Advanced Functional Materials (Chemical Process Engineering Institute – CPERI) and Enviromental Friendly Technologies for Solid Fuels and Alternative Energy Sources (Institute for Solid Fuel Technologies & Applications – ISFTA). CERTH/CPERI’s Laboratory of Environmental Fuels and Hydrocarbons (LEFH) involves 51 people (10 Ph.D. researchers, 7 Chemical Engineers, 3 Chemists, 5 graduate students and 26 technical support personnel) with extensive expertise in biomass conversion proceses like pyrolysis, catalytic pyrolysis, hydrothermal conversion, bioalcohols production, catalytic upgrading of biofuels (hydroprocessing, catalytic processing etc), chemicals separation, biochar production and activation etc. It counts with of pilot and bench scale units and a fully equiped analytical laboratory for advanced characterization of biofuels (GC-MS, 2DGC-TOFMS, etc). LEFH has proven experience in (Renew 6th FP, ACENET ERA-NET, OPTFUELS 7th, DIBANET 7th, AFORE 7th etc). C.E.R.T.H/ISFTA employs 31 people among which 6 persons hold a PhD and 9 more hold an MSc, including chemical and mechanical engineers, geologists, chemists, and environmentalists. CRETH/ISFTA participates in several advisory councils of the EU, in European Technology Platforms (ETP ZEPP), in peered international networks and committees (CAG, CSLF, CO2 NET, IEA, etc), and has established long-term co-operation relationships with more than 40 organisations in more than 20 countries. ISFTA’s Scientific Board comprises of distinguised members of Greek university faculties.
Role in the project: C.E.R.T.H was chosen by CZBIOM for the key role of developing an industrially feasible technology for preparing HMF as one of EcoLASTANE bio-based monomers.
- RTD activities: C.E.R.T.H/CPERI will lead WP1 by conducting the biomass selection. In WP2 CPERI will lead the hexose extraction from cellulose in close contact with TR and NUTRAFUR. C.E.R.T.H/ISFTA will work on the bio-char preparation from non-valuable biomass matter and characterization. WP3 will be leaded by C.E.R.T.H by means of CPERI leading a task on HMF synthesis and another task on the design of the correspondent HMF reactor collaborating with INSP. CPERI will also be in charge of HMF purification, while ISFTA will lead the energy efficient design of the eventual industrial plant supported by the experience of NUTRAFUR.
- DEMO activities: Finally, C.E.R.T.H/ISFTA will conduct a full analysis of costs and scalability of our EcoLASTANE technology.
- OTHER activities: Alongside the other RTDs, C.E.R.T.H will contribute to WP7 on Use and Dissemination in the form of dissemination of EcoLASTANE results in academic publications and journals by the issuing of research articles and attendance to conferences, workshops, congresses and similar events where the benefits our technology will be highlighted. Finally, C.E.R.T.H will “train the trainers” (AMIQ and CZBIOM particularly).