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Chemical building blocks from versatile MSW biorefinery

Chemical building blocks from versatile MSW biorefinery

Objective

PERCAL will exploit Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as feedstock to develop intermediate chemical products at high yield and low impurity level with huge industrial interest. These will be complementary to the bioethanol (current PERSEO technology), to achieve a cascade valorisation of the MSW components, i.e.:
• Lactic acid (LA) to produce: 1) Eco-friendly ethyl lactate solvents by reactive distillation from lactic acid & bio-ethanol to be used in cleaning products and inks and 2) hot-melt adhesives for cardboard and other non-food applications in combination with maleic anhydride by reactive extrusion.
• Succinic acid (SA) as an intermediate building blocks to production of polyols for the polyurethane industry.
• Biosurfactants by chemical and/or microbiological modification of protein and lipid fraction from remaining fraction of MSW fermentation.
IIn order to minimize the MSW heterogeneous composition (due to seasonal and origin variability driven by local economic, social and climate conditions) limitations as a fermentation feedstock, four main innovations will be proposed: i) New enzymatic cocktails to maximize hydrolysis of fermentable organic matter with low inhibitors production, ii) the use of high yield, specific and robust strains for each selected acid, iii) the extraction of fermentation by-products acting as inhibitors to succinic acid production via novel membrane electrolysis employing an integrated continuous fermentation coupled with simultaneous organic acid removal in comparison with SA sequential fermentation followed by its separation using an electrodialysis-based and iv) optimize simultaneous saccharification and fermentation for lactic acid production followed by a downstream separation process based on membrane electrodialysis. To maximize the yield and purity of target organic acids, continuous and single step fermentation process will be prioritized in order to allow their integration in the PERSEO plant.
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Coordinator

INDUSTRIAS MECANICAS ALCUDIA SA

Address

Avenida De Carlet 76
46250 L Alcudia

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 404 693,98

Participants (12)

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AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 263 865,23

LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER AGRARTECHNIK UND BIOOEKONOMIE E V

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 281 088,60

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 287 820

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 255 822,45

FUNDACION CENER-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 213 496

TBW RESEARCH GESMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 279 527,63

VISUM LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 304 395

SO.F.TER. SRL

Italy

HAYAT KIMYA SANAYI ANONIM SIRKETI

Turkey

COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG

Germany

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 227 808,75

YPAREX BV

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745828

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2017

  • End date

    30 June 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 394 181,26

  • EU contribution

    € 2 518 517,64

Coordinated by:

INDUSTRIAS MECANICAS ALCUDIA SA

Spain