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Sustainable and efficient bio-chemical catalytic cascade conversion of residual biomass to high quality biopolymers

Objective

The overall objective of BioCatPolymers is to demonstrate a sustainable and efficient technological route to convert low quality residual biomass to high added-value biopolymers. The technology is based on an integrated hybrid bio-thermochemical process combining the best features of both. The biological step consists of the efficient conversion of biomass-derived sugars to mevalonolactone (MVL). MVL can be then converted to bio-monomers via highly selective chemocatalytic processes. BioCatPolymers is specifically aiming at the efficient and economic production of isoprene and 3-methyl 1,5-pentanediol (3MPD), two momoners with very large markets that can be further processed in the existing infrastructure for fossil-based polymers for the production of elastomers and polyurethanes, respectively.
This ambitious target will be attained by optimizing and demonstrating the entire value chain on 0.5 ton of biomass/day scale, starting from the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass to hydrolysis and biological fermentation to MVL, separation of MVL from fermentation broth, selective catalytic conversion to the targeted monomer and finally purification to polymer grade quality. The novel approach we propose in this project surpasses the impediments of traditional solely bio-based approaches. It aims at producing bio-isoprene at 50% cost reduction and 3MPD at 70% cost reduction compared to average market prices, by optimizing the platform cell factories and all downstream processes and integrating the process modules, thereby increasing the competitiveness of biological processes in terms of economics.
The BioCatPolymers consortium consists of highly qualified and experienced researchers with complementary expertise. Trans-disciplinary considerations are strongly involved in the project. The strong industrial leadership-driven innovation potential is reflected through the fact that the large majority of the partners are from industry.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyurethane
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /engineering and technology/chemical engineering/biochemical engineering
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-BIO-2017
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 316 250

Participants (7)

VISOLIS TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
72 Great Suffolk Street
SE1 0BL London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOPROCESS PILOT FACILITY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 737 610
Address
Alexander Fleminglaan 1
2613 AX Delft
Activity type
Other
PROCESS DESIGN CENTER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 429 187,50
Address
Catharinastraat 21F
4811 XD Breda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QUANTIS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 262 500
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1024 Ecublens Vd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 124 250
Address
Kaiser Wilhelm Allee 60
51373 Leverkusen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEKAB E-TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 466 812,56
Address
Hoerneborgsvaegen
89121 Oernskoeldsvik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VISOLIS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 025 437,50
Address
Urmonderbaan 22, Gate 2,
6167RD Geleen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)