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Lignin Biorefinery Approach using Electrochemical Flow

Objective

Liberate represents a powerhouse consortium, including three major multinational chemical companies, Evonik (EO), Perstorp (PER), Oxiris (OXI), SMEs (Chimar, Megara, NX Filtration, Condias, Enso, Idener and gate to growth), four internationally regarded research and technology organisations (ECN, Fraunhofer, Leitat and Sintef), and European leading universities (University of Mainz and University of Alicante). LIBERATE will overcome the technical developments, pilot line scale-up and commercial exploitation barriers of the next generation of biorefineries. Highly efficient and selective anodic electrochemical oxidation will be applied to the depolymerisation of lignin and the synthesis of propyladipic acid from cyclohexanol to deliver a range of biosustainable feedstocks for drop-in replacements or for superior product performance.
Liberate will deliver a pilot-scale electrochemical plant to demonstrate the commercial opportunities of converting low cost lignin feedstocks in high-value biosustainable chemicals. Liberate will model and physically integrate renewable energy sources to deliver a process that is capable of synthesising chemicals with zero CO2. The renewable energy integration will open up new business models for biorefinery operators to utilise peak renewable energy at discounted rates.
Liberate will deliver the following benefits:
• An electrochemical depolymerisation of kraft lignin to synthesise vanillin with a 7% yield.
• An electrochemical depolymerisation of organoslv lignin to synthesise mixed phenolic derivate oligomers with a yield of > 35%.
• An electrochemical oxidation of biosustainable cyclohexanol to synthesise proyl adipic acid with a yield of up to 80%.
• A biorefinery process capable of accommodating RES fluctuations without loss in efficiency.
• A biorefinery process that exhibits a 95% improvement in the energy efficiency of the process.
• A biorefinery process that is capable of producing 29 x times less CO2.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-SPIRE-2018

Coordinator

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Net EU contribution
€ 1 000 801,00
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Spain

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,10

Participants (15)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 369 860,00
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 916 745,00
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 807 540,00
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SINTEF AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 2 067 113,00
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

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Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75
IDENER TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 263 200,00
Address
Calle Early Ovington 4 Nave 8
41300 La Rinconada (Sevilla)

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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
Andalucía Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 112 800,00
OXIRIS CHEMICALS SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 207 622,00
Address
Carretera C-35 Km 59
08470 Sant Celoni

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 88 981,75
CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 209 499,00
Address
15 Km National Road Thessaloniki-polygyros
570 01 Thermi Thessaloniki

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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
Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 89 786,00
INVESTORNET-GATE2GROWTH APS
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 241 416,00
Address
Diplomvej 381 St
2800 Kgs Lyngby

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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
Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 103 464,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 604 872,00
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante

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Este Comunitat Valenciana Alicante/Alacant
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,50
MEGARA RESIN INDUSTRY - ANASTASIOSFANIS SA
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 337 278,00
Address
38th Km Neo Athinon Korinthou Megara Attiki
191 00 Megara

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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
Δυτική Αττική Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 144 548,25
ENSO INNOVATION SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 163 023,00
Address
Juan De La Cierva 5 La Grela
15008 A Coruna

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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
Galicia A Coruña
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 69 868,25
CONDIAS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 568 839,00
Address
Fraunhofer Strase 1b
25524 Itzehoe

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Schleswig-Holstein Schleswig-Holstein Steinburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 243 788,50
EVONIK OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 257 959,00
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Essen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 110 554,75
PERSTORP AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 410 725,00
Address
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20125 Perstorp

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Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 176 025,00
NX FILTRATION BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 336 997,00
Address
Institutenweg 35
7521 PH Enschede

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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
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 144 428,00