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Processing Underutilised Low value sugarbeet Pulp into VALUE added products (PULP2VALUE)

Objective

Sugar beet pulp (SBP) accounts for approx. 13 million tonnes in Europe and is a major residual stream from the sugar beet industry, which is currently valorised as low value feed and/or green gas. In order to increase the value of its side streams, PULP2VALUE developed multiple extraction techniques to isolate more valuable products from this large fraction of sugar beet pulp. Roughly 65% of the dry matter mass can be isolated as high value products being: microcellulose fibers (MCF) (33%), arabinose (16%) and galacturonic acid (16%).

The overall objective of this project is to further establish the value chains based on MCF, arabinose (Ara) and galacturonic acid (GalA). By demonstrating an integrated and cost-effective cascading biorefinery system to refine sugar beet pulp, Cosun aims to significantly increase (20-50 times) the value of the sugar beet pulp by demonstrating applications for approximately 65% of its mass in high value markets.

For each of these products PULP2VALUE identified multiple product market combinations (PMC’s). For the MCF fraction application supply chains towards detergents, personal care, oil & gas, paints & coatings and composites are developed. Throughout the years Cosun developed a pilot facility in which the state-of-the-art unit of operations were tested. Together with partners, Cosun is now planning to optimize, integrate and scale-up these processes to a demonstration scale to further supply product development in order to establish long lasting supply chains.

The PULP2VALUE will target 9 new value chains resulting in a market potential of at least 350.000 tons and a potential revenue of 200 million euro. The PULP2VALUE makes available a mild and environmentally friendly biorefinery process for beet pulp compared to other biobased and fossil products. It will spur rural development in sugar beet growing districts by connecting them in new cross-sectoral value chains with the chemical and food industry.
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Coordinator

KONINKLIJKE COOPERATIE COSUN UA

Address

Van De Reijtstraat 15
4800 Mg Breda

Netherlands

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 3 500 759,50

Participants (6)

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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 967 910

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 602 745

ORINEO BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 132 713

NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 260 750

BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 054 302,50

REFRESCO GERBER UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 669105

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 428 347,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 589 180

Coordinated by:

KONINKLIJKE COOPERATIE COSUN UA

Netherlands