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Production and deploying of high purity lignin and affordable platform chemicals through wood-based sugars

Objective

The objective of the SWEETWOODS project is to demonstrate on an industrial level successful and profitable production of high purity lignin as well as C5 and C6 carbohydrates from hardwood by establishing a biorefinery having throughput capacity 80 bdton/day. Unlike existing biorefinery concepts, SWEETWOODS plant utilizes all the fractions of the biomass feedstock, with min. 95 % of its initial carbon content utilised. The current TRL of the selected fractionation technology is 7, aiming to reach TRL 9 by the end of the project. The efficient fractionation and conversion of biomass is enabled by novel enzymatic solutions. The dried solid lignin and depolymerized lignin are demonstrated in novel applications, namely in elastomer foams for tube insulation, rigid polyurethane foam panels for insulation, and polymer compounds intended for injection moulding. The high purity sugars (at least glucose, xylose and fructose) are demonstrated in novel end use cases, namely in production of bio-IBN, and xylitol production. The environmental and socio-economic performance of the SWEETWOODS plant operation and the developed products are evaluated by performing a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), as well as a viability analysis.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyurethane
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/carbohydrates
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2017
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Funding Scheme

BBI-IA-FLAG - Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Flagship

Coordinator

GRAANUL BIOTECH OU
Address
Humala 2
10617 Tallinn
Estonia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 10 499 999,99

Participants (8)

METGEN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 6 624 843,75
Address
Rakentajantie 26
20780 Kaarina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 433 125
Address
Bustadt 40
74360 Ilsfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ULTIMA (DEUTSCHLAND) GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 636 250
Address
Robert-bosch-strasse 10
48153 Munster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RECTICEL SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 490 319
Address
Avenue Du Bourget 42
1130 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GLOBAL BIOENERGIES
France
EU contribution
€ 1 453 844,88
Address
5 Rue Henri Desbrueres
91000 Evry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
2B Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 284 025
Address
Via Della Chiesa Campocroce 4
31021 Mogliano Veneto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 324 625
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPINVERSE OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 212 712,50
Address
Tekniikantie 14
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)