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From bio-based feedstocks via di-acids to multiple advanced bio-based materials with a preference for polyethylene furanoate

Objective

The PEFerence project will establish a globally first-of-a-kind, industrial scale (50 000 tonnes/year), cost-effective FDCA (diacid) biorefinery flagship plant producing bio-based chemicals and materials (bottles, films, Lego Bricks, polyurethanes) using also existing facilities in industrial symbiosis. The consortium aims to replace a significant part of fossil based polyesters (such as PET), but also technologically superior packaging materials like glass and aluminum with 100 % bio-based polyesters (such as PEF). The unique properties of PEF (excellent barrier and strength) make it a material that can be applied in areas where PET is less suitable. The initial market focus will be on high value applications such as replacement of multilayer packaging, aluminum cans and small size PET bottles where PEF brings most value. On the longer term, when FDCA is produced at large scale and technology is further matured, FDCA based polyesters are expected to penetrate further into markets which allow smaller or no price premium.

The potential significant reductions in non-renewable energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil based PET or aluminum based cans for PEF based packaging solutions will be assessed. Furthermore, PEF bottles can be recycled and used again as raw material for bottles, as well as in a cascading approach for packaging and textiles. During the project, fructose produced via an enzymatic isomerisation process from 2nd generation glucose will be assessed. The full value chain will be optimized ensuring cost-effective and environmentally sustainable raw material sourcing and production of FDCA, PEF/PBF and polyurethane products. Finally, together with customers and brand owners (Lego, Nestle), 100% bio-based end-products will be demonstrated and validated to ensure fast market deployment.
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Coordinator

SYNVINA CV

Address

Zekeringstraat 29
1014 Bv Amsterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 12 106 059

Participants (10)

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SPINVERSE OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 317 772

TEREOS PARTICIPATIONS

France

EU Contribution

€ 793 187,50

BASF SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 9 541 888

NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 208 687,50

AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 665 000

CRODA NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 167 387,50

OMV MACHINERY SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 296 626,75

LEGO SYSTEM AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 395 501,75

ALPLA WERKE ALWIN LEHNER GMBH & COKG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 259 000

NESTEC SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 248 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 744409

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2017

  • End date

    31 August 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 44 818 922,50

  • EU contribution

    € 24 999 610

Coordinated by:

SYNVINA CV

Netherlands