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Demonstration of solvent and resin production from lignocellulosic biomass via the platform chemical levulinic acid

Objective

The GreenSolRes project demonstrates the levulinic acid (LVA) value chain of lignocellulosic feedstocks to high-value products in a 3-step approach on TRL 6. First, a demonstration plant in Biorefinery of RWTH Aachen will be designed and build for conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to the platform chemical levulinic acid. Levulinic acid hydrolysate separation enables more efficient and purer levulinic acid production. In a 2nd step the versatile platform chemical levulinic acid is hydrogenated to 2-methyltetrathydrofuran (2-MTHF), gamma-valerolactone (GVL) and 1-methyl-1,4-butanediol (MeBDO) in a direct process developed by RWTH Aachen. These can be produced in the same reactor with a single catalyst by tuning the process conditions. In parallel, BASF will investigate the conversion of LVA esters to MeBDO and GVL. Third, the application of the products as solvents is validated in adhesives and the pharma sector as substitute of their less sustainable C4-analogues. Additionally, HENKEL studies the development of respective new polymers with improved properties. The basic engineering of first commercial plants for these steps supports rapid upscaling and exploitation after the project. This will release these products from the niche markets they are confined to due to ineffective existing production routes. At competitive prices compared to their petrochemical C4-counterparts these chemicals and related products will boost the bio-based market as they have a high greenhouse gas emission avoidance of at least 70% and an additional value to society via better health & safety properties. The whole value chain from e.g. forestry residues to consumer products is assessed for environmental sustainability, risks and health & safety to support business case development and market implementation.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-PPP-2015-2-1
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Coordinator

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 3 492 894,79

Participants (9)

HENKEL KGaA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 423 258,77
Address
Henkelstrasse 67
40191 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GFB EUROPE BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 684,66
Address
Burg Lemmensstraat 358
6163 JT Geleen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LEIBNIZ - INSTITUT FUR KATALYSE EV AN DER UNIVERSITAT ROSTOCK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 797 562,50
Address
Albert-einstein-strasse 29A
18059 Rostock
Activity type
Research Organisations
SYNCOM FORSCHUNGS- UND ENTWICKLUNGSBERATUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 442 946,53
Address
Am Steinacker 16
27777 Ganderkesee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYBRID CATALYSIS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 505 210,13
Address
Den Dolech 2
5612 AZ Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 635 050
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
GFBIOCHEMICALS ITALY SPA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Viale Angelo Filippetti 24
20122 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BASF SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 908 325,74
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LENZING AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 37 012,50
Address
Werkstrasse 2
4860 Lenzing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)