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Development of 2nd Generation Biorefineries – Production of Dicarboxylic Acids and Bio-based Polymers Derived Thereof

Objective

The existing 2nd generation biorefineries utilize less than 20% of the biomass feedstock for ethanol production, and major side-streams are produced such as pentose and lignin waste streams, that are respectively used for biogas and energy production. Converting the carbon from these waste streams into added-value products would increase the otherwise low profitability and improve the environmental benefits of the biorefineries. The suggested project BioREFINE-2G aims at developing commercially attractive processes for efficient conversion of pentose-rich side-streams from biorefineries into dicarboxylic acids, which can be used as precursors for bio-based polymers including biodegradable polymers.
The project covers the whole value chain, from characterization of side streams from forest and other non-food feedstocks, development of novel robust industrial yeast cell factories, fermentation and downstream process development, to polymerization methods development for the production of biodegradable polymers applicable as plastics, coatings or adhesives, scale-up and demonstration and to life cycle and economic viability analyses.

The consortium involves eight distinguished industrial and academic partners within the biotechnology, directly targeted by the call. The strong industry drive is ensured by participation of 4 SMEs and 1 large enterprise, Borregaard biorefinery, which is directly interested in demonstrating and integrating the new technology into the current and future biorefinery plants. All industry partners will assure demonstration activities and investigate the technical, environmental and commercial feasibility of the new process with regard to scale up to industrial production.

Overall, an innovative process for bio-based chemicals production from bio-waste will represent a paradigm shift with a tremendous impact in regard to commercial viability and environmental issues such as reduction of waste, less pollution and less greenhouse gas emissions.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birte Rasmussen
EU contribution
€ 1 479 472

Participants (7)

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 939 524
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gunnar Lidén (Dr.)
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 349 643
Address
Valencia Parc Technologic Calle Gustave Eiffel 4
46980 Paterna Valencia

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valentin Polo Ramirez (Dr.)
BORREGAARD AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 853 450
Address
Hjalmar Wessels Vei 6
1721 Sarpsborg

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gudbrand Rødsrud (Mr.)
BIOTREND-INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 339 328
Address
Biocant Park Nucleo 4 Lote 2
3060-197 Cantanhede

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Sommer Ferreira (Mr.)
WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 132 925
Address
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christine Meyer-Haege (Mrs.)
IFU INSTITUT FUR UMWELTINFORMATIK HAMBURG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 275 160
Address
Max-brauer-allee 50
22765 Hamburg

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tobias Viere (Dr.)
ECOPOL TECH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 475 312
Address
Calleindustria - Parque Empresarial El Foix 7
43720 L'arboc

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josep Rocas (Mr.)