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UNique Refinery Approach to Valorise European Lignocellulosics

Objective

UNRAVEL aims to develop advanced pre-treatment, separation and conversion technologies for complex lignocellulosic biomass to produce usable lignin fragments, and monomeric sugars from the cellulose and hemicellulose fraction suitable for biochemical conversions. The technologies will be scaled up from lab (TRL 3) to pilot plant (TRL 5). UNRAVEL will achieve a breakthrough in the valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass by:

• Utilizing complex lignocellulosic biomass sources such as forest residues, bark, straw, and nut shells
• Recovering valuable components by feedstock pre-extraction prior to fractionation
• Achieving at least 80% lignin yield, 90% glucan recovery from the cellulose and 80% yield of monomeric hemicellulose sugars by utilizing the TNO FABIOLA™ low temperature, energy-efficient acetone based fractionation process
• Purifying the hemicellulose hydrolysate and qualifying it for fermentation into chemical building blocks
• Developing lignin depolymerisation technologies
• Establishing high-value lignin applications through the production of lignin-based PUR & PIR foams and lignin-based additives in bitumen for roofing applications
• Demonstrating a 30% OPEX and 15 % carbon footprint reduction of the pre-treatment

UNRAVEL will develop an integrated cross-sector value chain by bringing together specialists with expertise on feedstock composition, chemical pulping and pre-treatment, enzymes production, polymer chemistry, separation and reactor engineering, techno-economic and sustainability assessments and knowledge dissemination and exploitation and communication. The active involvement of three SME's and two large enterprises, active in wood pulping and the production of lignin-based building materials, strengthens a market-driven approach and commercial exploitation and implementation of the results generated in the UNRAVEL project.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2017
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 017 617,50

Participants (10)

CELIGNIS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 241 118
Address
Upper William Street Unit 4 Mill Court
V94 Limerick
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
METGEN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 341 250
Address
Rakentajantie 26
20780 Kaarina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOPREMA
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
14 Rue Saint Nazaire
67100 Strasbourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 419 812,50
Address
Wilckensstrasse 3
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
CLANCY HAUSSLER RITA
Austria
EU contribution
€ 219 962,50
Address
Trins 46
6152 Trins
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 403 888,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
SAPPI LANAKEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Montaigneweg 2
3620 Lanaken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 290 625
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 669 271
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations