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Lignin Biorefinery Approach using Electrochemical Flow

Objective

Liberate represents a powerhouse consortium, including three major multinational chemical companies, Evonik (ERE), 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 29xtimes less CO2

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-SPIRE-2018
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 000 801

Participants (15)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 369 860
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 916 745
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 807 540
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 2 067 113
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 263 200
Address
Avenida Leonardo Da Vinci 18 Piso 2
41092 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OXIRIS CHEMICALS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 207 622
Address
Carretera C-35 Km 59
08470 Sant Celoni
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 209 499
Address
15 Km National Road Thessaloniki-polygyros
570 01 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INVESTORNET-GATE2GROWTH APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 241 416
Address
Diplomvej 381 St
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 604 872
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VIOMICHANIA RITINON MEGARON ANASTASIOS FANIS ANONYMOS ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 337 278
Address
38Th Km Neo Athinon Korinthou Attiki
19100 Megara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENSO INNOVATION SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 163 023
Address
Juan De La Cierva 5 La Grela
15008 A Coruna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONDIAS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 568 839
Address
Fraunhofer Strase 1B
25524 Itzehoe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVONIK OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 257 959
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PERSTORP AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 410 725
Address
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20125 Perstorp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NX FILTRATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 336 997
Address
Institutenweg 35
7521 PH Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)