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Lignin oxidation technology for versatile lignin dispersants

Lignin oxidation technology for versatile lignin dispersants

Objective

The aim of the LigniOx project is to demonstrate the techno-economic viability of the unique LigniOx alkali-O2 oxidation technology for the conversion of various lignin-rich side-streams into versatile dispersants. High-performance concrete plasticizers will be the target end product, but potential other end uses, such as dispersants for paints and gypsum, will be evaluated as well. Valorisation of lignins originating from kraft and organosolv pulping as well as from 2nd generation bioethanol processes will be addressed. Both the oxidation technology and the end-product performance will be demonstrated at operation conditions, thus enabling industrial process installations and entry of the novel lignin products into the markets after the project. The valorisation of lignin side-streams will significantly improve the cost-competitiveness and resource efficiency of lignocellulosic biorefineries. It will also create low-cost, sustainable raw materials for the chemical industry. The LigniOx technology can be integrated into lignocellulosic biorefineries, or it can be operated as a stand-alone unit by chemical industry. For scale-up and process demonstrations, a mobile pilot unit will be constructed, and the viability of the process concepts will be demonstrated in operational conditions at the biorefineries, supported by process modelling. The performance of LigniOx concrete plasticizers will be demonstrated by field tests, and industrial product prototypes will be produced. Techno-economy as well as environmental and socio-economic impacts will be assessed. Also regulatory issues will be considered to ensure the market entry.
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Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

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Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 211 763,75

Participants (11)

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VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 500 178,75

METSA FIBRE OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 225 750

ANDRITZ OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 527 625

ST1 RENEWABLE ENERGY OY

Finland

ST1 OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 139 724,38

COMPAGNIE INDUSTRIELLE DE LA MATIERE VEGETAL CIM V

France

EU Contribution

€ 193 812,50

INGEG S.R.L

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 415 625

DOW DEUTSCHLAND ANLAGENGESELLSCHAFTMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 271 250

VERTECH GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 490 875

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 361 770,50

Fortum Power and Heat Oy

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745246

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 915 238,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 338 374,88

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland