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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-PPP-2015-2-1
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Funding Scheme

BBI-RIA - Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 061 342,87

Participants (16)

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 260 807,50
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARDILLA TECHNOLOGIES UK LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Streat Hill Harm House
BN6 8RP Hassocks
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTERRA BIOSCIENCE SpA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 375 000
Address
Via Benedetto Brin 69
80142 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 482 656
Address
Zekeringstraat 29
1014 BV Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOME TECHNOLOGIES PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 187 250
Address
North Road Marchwood
SO40 4BL Southampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 139 864,38
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 314 042,50
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte
Activity type
Research Organisations
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 415 750
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QUANTIS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1024 Ecublens Vd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SABIC PETROCHEMICALS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Europaboulevard 1
6135 LD Sittard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 906 250
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEREOS PARTICIPATIONS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Pasteur 11
02390 Origny Sainte-benoite
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE PARIS XII VAL DE MARNE
France
EU contribution
€ 116 750
Address
Avenue Du General De Gaulle 61
94010 Creteil
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 406 488,06
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
W 42 INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 43 916,69
Address
Otto Hahn Strasse 15
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
YNSECT
France
EU contribution
€ 546 875
Address
1 Rue Pierre Fontaine
91058 Evry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)