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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.

Coordinator

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

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

CELIGNIS LIMITED
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 241 118,00
Address
Upper William Street Unit 4 Mill Court
V94 Limerick

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75
METGEN OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 341 250,00
Address
Rakentajantie 26
20780 Kaarina

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Manner-Suomi Etelä-Suomi Varsinais-Suomi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 113 750,00
SOPREMA
France
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
14 Rue Saint Nazaire
67100 Strasbourg

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Region
Grand Est Alsace Bas-Rhin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Participation ended

Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Kop van Noord-Holland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GGMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 419 812,50
Address
Wilckensstrasse 3
69120 Heidelberg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Heidelberg, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CLANCY HAUSSLER RITA
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 219 962,50
Address
Trins 46
6152 Trins

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 260 562,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG
France
Net EU contribution
€ 143 326,00
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67081 Strasbourg

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Region
Grand Est Alsace Bas-Rhin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SAPPI LANAKEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Montaigneweg 2
3620 Lanaken

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Limburg (BE) Arr. Tongeren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

SAPPI PAPIER HOLDING GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Brucker Strasse 21
8101 Gratkorn

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Region
Südösterreich Steiermark Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 290 625,00
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 669 271,00
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00