CRIP-Biorefinery in a few words

  • Research and development activities at CRIP-Biorefinery revolve around these main axes :
    • Biomass development and management :
      • Supply management of biomass for pulp & paper industries.
    • Biomass conversion technologies :
      • Biomass densification and conditioning before and after conversion.
      • High-Temperature processes for conversion of biomass :
        • By gasification
        • By pyrolysis
        • By combustion
        • Hydrothermal
      • Optimized biological conversion of biomass :
        • Yield of bioprocesses.
        • Production of enzymes for breaking down complex plant sugars.
        • Development of bacterial strains for hydrocarbon production.
      • Modelling and simulation of biorefinery processes
    • Utilization and integration of biorefinery processes in existing industries (mass and energy integration)
      • Development of biorefinery integration in the pulp and paper industry (KRAFT).
      • Evaluation of feasability and impact.
      • Evaluation of material and energy impacts of biorefinery integration.
    • Socio-economic and life cycle analysis.
  • CRIP-Biorefinery (Ecole Polytechnique- Montreal) is a multi-disciplinary biorefinery research (CRIP-Biorefinery) at Ecole Polytechnique-Montreal, covers at least the four research themes:
    • Feedstock Development:
      • Pulp & paper industries feedstock management
    • Conversion Technologies:
      • Biomass densification and conditioning before and after conversion.
      • High-temperature biomass conversion with focus on gasification, pyrolysis, combustion, and hydrothermal processes.
      • Biological biomass conversion with focus on optimization of bioprocesses productivity, production of enzymes to deconstruct complex plant sugars, and development of microbial strains for bio-oil production.
      • Process Modelling and simulation.
    • Utilization & systems integration:
      • Implementation of biorefining technologies in pulp & paper Kraft mills: Impact assessment and feasibility.
    • Socio-Economic impacts and life-cycle analysis.
  • The CRIP biorefinery research team has a particular emphasis on the systems analysis of biorefinery concepts, using process integration tools for evaluations.
  • CRIP-Biorefinery is composed of 9 professors and 50 post-docs, PhDs, and masters students.
  • All researchers receive annual financial support between $16,000 and $32,000.
  • All researchers can expect around $1500 for purchasing a laptop.
  • More sources of finance are available by agreement with supervisors.
  • Researchers have access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities.
  • A multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • CRIP-Biorefinery offers engineering students the opportunity to receive hands-on training into industrial processes, equipment, and computer codes related to biorefinery integration into existing industrial systems. This is carried out in state-of-the-art research facilities such as the BioKrEn Project for integrating biorefinery in pulp and paper plants.
  • The center is also involved in international exchange of students with EU countries, through the IAESTE program, to maintain and share a global grasp of biomass research and development.

Source : U.S. Department of energy Joint Genome Institute.