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Integration of efficient downstreaM PRocessEs for Sugars and Sugar alcohols

Project description

Producing chemicals through sustainable raw materials

Industry is changing its thinking, moving away from finite resources towards sustainable production that conserves resources. The EU-funded project IMPRESS is accelerating this transition by working on a novel biorefinery concept, which allows the conversion of plant-based non-food materials into important base chemicals. The process involves the use of liquid chromatography purification technology, including a very efficient continuous separation technology. If successful, this never-before-seen kind of biorefinery integrating disruptive upstream and downstream technologies will contribute to a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions (20 %), and capital and operational expenditure (20 %).


The IMPRESS project will demonstrate a new hybrid biorefinery process for the first time, integrating disruptive upstream and downstream technologies developed by the project partners. A main objective of the project is to develop and upscale separation and purification methods for the upstream process and modular downstream processes. New purification and separation methods will enable to produce new products, like xylitol, erythritol, bio-based ultra pure monoethylene glycol and monopropylene glycol and lignin derived activated carbon. All the process routes developed and up-scaled in the project are integrated to the IMPRESS concept by executing a Conceptual Process Design (CPD) of the different unit operations and then the CPD of integrated IMPRESS concept. It’s expected that the new purification and separation methods, and new high value products combined with benefits deriving from the integration will decrease OPEX by by 25 % and CAPEX by 20 %. In addition, the GHG emissions are expected to decrease more than 20 %. The decrease of CAPEX and OPEX will be calculated by CPD and the environmental performance of the IMPRESS concept and the developed products are evaluated by performing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The results of the project and benefits of the IMPRESS concept will be disseminated to relevant stakeholders by preparing education modules concerning individual unit operations, the integrated process, and methodology such as LCA that will be easily integrated in existing curricula and modules for undergraduate level and lifelong learning programmes.

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Net EU contribution
€ 5 260 787,50
1014 BV Amsterdam

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

West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 8 885 375,00

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