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NeoCel – Novel processes for sustainable cellulose-based materials

NeoCel – Novel processes for sustainable cellulose-based materials

Objective

The main objective of NeoCel project is to develop innovative and techno-economically feasible alkaline processes enabling the sustainable production of higher quality eco-innovative textile fibres from reactive high-cellulose pulps and integration of these processes with pulp mills.

Targets for the development of NeoCel processes are:
- wet strength of fibres higher than the wet strength of standard viscose, competing with cotton properties.
- lower environmental impact than any other type of existing textile fibre
- Reduction of production cost by at least 15% compared to that of best available technology (BAT) viscose

The targets will be met through development of adapted pulps with high reactivity/solubility in alkaline water-based solutions, advanced dissolution process to maximize cellulose concentration, novel cellulose regeneration chemistry enabling both recovery of process chemicals and increased strength properties of the spun fibre, design for integration of textile fibre production with the pulp mill for minimized environmental impact, increased energy efficiency and reduced chemical consumption through system analysis using software models of theoretical mills.

In NeoCel, a consortium with raw material processing companies, chemical suppliers, equipment producers, SMEs and world-leading research institutes has formed to develop the processes for large scale manufacturing of eco-innovative textile fibres. The consortium expects that a successful NeoCel project will enable creation of 75 000 new jobs and a turn-over increase of 9.5 billion € for European forest products, textile and clothing industries within 15 years. However, already within 3 years, the consortium partners expect their joint turnover to increase by 170 MEuro

Coordinator

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

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Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras

Sweden

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 494 872,50

Participants (13)

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RISE INNVENTIA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 671 170

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 550 161,25

KATTY FASHION SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 34 735

FOV FABRICS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 99 997,25

SOKTAS DOKUMA ISLETMELERI SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI

Turkey

ING. A. MAURER SA

Switzerland

ANDRITZ OY

Finland

RE:NEWCELL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 83 297,25

AKZO NOBEL PULP AND PERFORMANCE CHEMICALS AB

Sweden

DOMSJO FABRIKER AB

Sweden

AB Enzymes GmbH

Germany

ROAL OY

Finland

LIST TECHNOLOGY AG

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 720729

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 662 716,75

  • EU contribution

    € 1 934 233,25

Coordinated by:

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden