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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.

Coordinator

KONINKLIJKE COOPERATIE COSUN UA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 744 746,50
Address
Van De Reijtstraat 15
4800 MG Breda
Netherlands

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Region
Noord-Brabant West-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 2 312 803,50

Participants (7)

Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

COSUN BEET COMPANY - BIOBASED EXPERTS BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 1 756 013,00
Address
Kreekweg 1
4671 VA Dinteloord

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Region
Noord-Brabant West-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 2 327 737,00
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 967 910,00
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 602 745,00
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
ORINEO BVBA
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 132 713,00
Address
Acaciastraat 14
3071 Erps-kwerps

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SME

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

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 56 877,00
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 260 750,00
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth

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SME

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

Yes
Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Rhein-Erft-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 111 750,00
BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 054 302,50
Address
Rodenhuizekaai 1
9042 Desteldonk Gent

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SME

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

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
REFRESCO GERBER UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 70 000,00
Address
Mallard Court Express Park
TA6 4RN Bridgwater

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Region
South West (England) Dorset and Somerset Somerset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 30 000,00