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ValChem - Value added Chemical building blocks and lignin from wood

ValChem - Value added Chemical building blocks and lignin from wood

Objective

"ValChem demonstrates the technical and economic viability of sustainable and integrated process from wood to a selected platform chemical and lignin based performance chemicals. ValChem will demonstrate that this process can produce wood-based chemicals that are competitive with identical or similar-in-application products based on fossil raw materials in terms of quality and production cost.

ValChem utilizes existing demonstration plants of the project partners. All process parts have been demonstrated at least in pilot scale before. ""Wood to sugars and crude lignin process"" has been verified in demonstration scale for ethanol production, but in this project it will be combined with ""sugar to platform chemical"" process, for which the company has been using first generation sugars so far. Crude lignin from wood disintegration process will be upgraded to be suitable for reactive applications (different types of reactive resins). The process will demonstrate the valorization of over 75 % of the wood raw material.

Pre-marketing and application tests are done at potential customers. Lignin based performance chemicals’ focus is in high value added reactive applications (value >6 times higher than lignin energy value). The largest markets for the targeted platform chemical are unsaturated polyester resins, paints and coatings, and industrial (heat-transfer and de-icing) and personal care (value 2-3 times higher than current products).

Potential plants based on this technology will be located in rural areas due to feedstock availability. Only sustainably sourced wood will be used. The sustainable forestry and wood-harvesting will be proven by internationally accepted PEFC and FSC certificates. The ValChem project will be a boost in the Biobased chemical development and open up for further actors to invest in and continue the development for a sustainable industrial sector."
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Coordinator

UPM-KYMMENE OYJ

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Alvar Aallon Katu 1
00100 Helsinki

Finland

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 4 641 087,50

Participants (3)

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SEKAB E-TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 4 411 595,65

METABOLIC EXPLORER SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 3 493 097

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 580 160

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 669065

Status

Grant agreement terminated

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 502 703,25

  • EU contribution

    € 13 125 940,15

Coordinated by:

UPM-KYMMENE OYJ

Finland