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Processing Underutilised Low value sugarbeet Pulp into VALUE added products (PULP2VALUE)

Objective

Sugar beet pulp (SBP) accounts for approx. 13 million tonnes in Europe and is a major residual stream from the sugar beet industry, which is currently valorised as low value feed and/or green gas. In order to increase the value of its side streams, PULP2VALUE developed multiple extraction techniques to isolate more valuable products from this large fraction of sugar beet pulp. Roughly 65% of the dry matter mass can be isolated as high value products being: microcellulose fibers (MCF) (33%), arabinose (16%) and galacturonic acid (16%).

The overall objective of this project is to further establish the value chains based on MCF, arabinose (Ara) and galacturonic acid (GalA). By demonstrating an integrated and cost-effective cascading biorefinery system to refine sugar beet pulp, Cosun aims to significantly increase (20-50 times) the value of the sugar beet pulp by demonstrating applications for approximately 65% of its mass in high value markets.

For each of these products PULP2VALUE identified multiple product market combinations (PMC’s). For the MCF fraction application supply chains towards detergents, personal care, oil & gas, paints & coatings and composites are developed. Throughout the years Cosun developed a pilot facility in which the state-of-the-art unit of operations were tested. Together with partners, Cosun is now planning to optimize, integrate and scale-up these processes to a demonstration scale to further supply product development in order to establish long lasting supply chains.

The PULP2VALUE will target 9 new value chains resulting in a market potential of at least 350.000 tons and a potential revenue of 200 million euro. The PULP2VALUE makes available a mild and environmentally friendly biorefinery process for beet pulp compared to other biobased and fossil products. It will spur rural development in sugar beet growing districts by connecting them in new cross-sectoral value chains with the chemical and food industry.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-PPP-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

BBI-IA-DEMO - Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration

Coordinator

KONINKLIJKE COOPERATIE COSUN UA
Address
Van De Reijtstraat 15
4800 MG Breda
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 3 500 759,50

Participants (6)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 967 910
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 602 745
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ORINEO BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 132 713
Address
Acaciastraat 14
3071 Erps-kwerps
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 260 750
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 054 302,50
Address
Rodenhuizekaai 1
9042 Desteldonk Gent
Activity type
Other
REFRESCO GERBER UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Mallard Court Express Park
TA6 4RN Bridgwater
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)