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The University of Jaén will coordinate the 'I3B', new research institute in biorefineries

In addition to the university in Jaén, they are promoted by the universities of Malaga, Granada and Almería to pave the way for the comprehensive use of biomass

Its name is 'I3B' and it is the new inter-university research institute in biorefineries. It is promoted by the universities of Jaén, Málaga, Granada and Almería. It will be the group from the University of Jaén (UJA) that will act as the coordinating center of the institute, under the direction of Professor Eulogio Castro. The 'I3B' has just received the favorable evaluation report for its creation from the Agency for Scientific and University Quality of Andalusia (Accua), dependent on the Department of University, Research and Innovation. The Interuniversity Research Institute in Biorefineries brings together a scientific team with members from these four Andalusian public universities. After the issuance of this positive report, the next step is the presentation of files to the Andalusian Council of Universities, as a procedure prior to approval by the Governing Council of the Board, the University of Malaga stated in a statement.

The professor of Chemical Engineering at the UJA, Eulogio Castro, was in charge of presenting at the university stand at Expoliva 2019 the research on the use of olive grove biomass—Jaén is the one with the largest cultivated area—through biorefineries. . “Starting from materials that currently have limited use, such as olive pruning, leaves, alperujo or even wastewater, renewable products can be obtained that replace others that are currently derived from fossil raw materials such as oil” Castro said then. Among these products we can mention bioethanol, which is used as fuel, natural antioxidants and oligosaccharides, which have a wide range of applications in the food and pharmaceutical industry, or even construction materials with insulating characteristics and that reduce carbon dioxide emissions. carbon. “In short, it is about the development of a new industry that faces a triple objective: economic, environmental and social,” he noted then in statements reported by Europa Press.

A biorefinery, according to the Manual on Biorefineries in Spain, is a facility where, through various transformation processes of the raw material (biomass), bioenergy (heat, electricity, biofuels) and a wide spectrum of bioproducts (composite materials, chemicals, food and feed). Currently, there is no University Institute in Andalusia that can respond to the multiple aspects involved in the development of the Bioeconomy in general, and the comprehensive use of biomass in particular, through Biorefineries.