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Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation

Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation

Objective

Zelcor project aims at demonstrating the feasibility of transforming lignocellulose biorefinery recalcitrant side streams into high added-value biobased products, including fine chemicals. Its concept is to combine chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insects-based biological conversion, within a biorefinery integrated approach. The project is conceived to avoid waste production by recycling waste bio-based products and improve the sustainability of existing second generation biorefineries. It addresses three types of recalcitrant raw materials: lignocellulosic residues from ethanol production, lignins dissolved during pulping process and lignin-like humins formed by sugars conversion. Enzymatic and process engineering will be implemented to design efficient conversion routes and permit technological breakthroughs. A transversal platform for the characterisation of biomolecules will be settled to identify bio-products of commercial interest among lignins and humins multifunctional nanoparticles, phenolic antioxidants, insects-based chitosans and aromatic chemical intermediates. Thanks to this platform, Zelcor will enhance knowledge of the structure-function relationships and the mechanisms involved in recalcitrant raw materials catalytic depolymerisation and bioconversion. Demonstration of the approach feasibility will be performed by process scaling-up, formulation of end-product prototypes and value chain sustainability and safety assessment. The presence of industrial partners all along the value chains, from lignocellulosic feedstock to end products, will facilitate demonstration activities and technological transfers. With this strong industry drive, Zelcor will lead to large scale production of biomolecules for cosmetics, packaging and chemical industry, as well as novel biocatalysts. Zelcor is a 6.7M€ collaborative project, 49% of which for SMEs (43% EC grant). It gathers 18 organisations from 8 countries, including 6 academia, 8 SMEs, and 3 corporations.

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 931 982,25

Participants (16)

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AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 260 807,50

ARDILLA TECHNOLOGIES UK LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 121 225

ARTERRA BIOSCIENCE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 375 000

AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 482 656

BIOME TECHNOLOGIES PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 187 250

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 180 500

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 314 042,50

NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 415 750

QUANTIS

Switzerland

SABIC PETROCHEMICALS BV

Netherlands

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 873 750

TEREOS PARTICIPATIONS

France

UNIVERSITE PARIS XII VAL DE MARNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 116 750

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 406 488,06

W 42 INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 43 916,69

YNSECT

France

EU Contribution

€ 546 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 720303

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 728 695,38

  • EU contribution

    € 5 256 993

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France