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Paired Electrochemical Oxidation process for feasible industrial production of the crucial FDCA building block for the bioplastic industry

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PairElOx (Paired Electrochemical Oxidation process for feasible industrial production of the crucial FDCA building block for the bioplastic industry)

Reporting period: 2018-04-01 to 2018-07-31

Having already run the electrosynthesis of FDCA from 5-HMF, the PairElOx project aim is to reach TRL9, building a medium scale plant to produce FDCA (3-5T/year) working in full continuous mode and including the downstream processing. The challenge of the project is the crucial scale-up from piloting to medium plant, paving the way for the final scaling to industrial exploitation of FDCA as the versatile platform chemical that will finally enable the competitive introduction of 100% bio-based plastics into the market.
The objective of AVA Biochem is to take advantage of its leading position in 5-HMF to become the 1st worldwide supplier of FDCA while contributing to the electrification of the EU chemical industry.
The Feasibility Study has been developed in order to define the technical roadmap for the construction of the FDCA plant. We have carefully define the different stages of the production process, including the optimization of the oxidation process, the electrolyser definition, downstream processing and integration with 5-HMF production.
A detailed analysis of the main stakeholders along the entire new value chain to be generated and major players and potential clients/partnerships have been identified.
The PairElOx project is aimed at contributing to the transition of the European chemical industry towards a more competitive and sustainable sector through innovation, unlocking 2,5-Furanedicarboxylic acid (FDCA) as a new chemical building block for the industry while contributing to the industrial electrification of the sector (through paired electrochemical oxidation).
Diverse approaches for the oxidation of HFM to FDCA have been developed. However, the conversion is usually incomplete resulting in the formation of undesired (“chain stopper”) mono-carboxylated furan derivatives. Furthermore, the chemical approaches have, to date, not resulted in large-scale production processes for FDCA providing a major restriction for its application. The paired electrosynthesis offers main advantages vs. oxidation methods including the water-based solvent, low energy consumption, excellent process control and stability at any time as a completely green process accordingly to the bio-based profile of the end chemical product.
2,5-Furanedicarboxylic acid (FDCA)