CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN

UNique Refinery Approach to Valorise European Lignocellulosics

Objective

UNRAVEL aims to develop advanced pre-treatment, separation and conversion technologies for complex lignocellulosic biomass to produce usable lignin fragments, and monomeric sugars from the cellulose and hemicellulose fraction suitable for biochemical conversions. The technologies will be scaled up from lab (TRL 3) to pilot plant (TRL 5). UNRAVEL will achieve a breakthrough in the valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass by:

• Utilizing complex lignocellulosic biomass sources such as forest residues, bark, straw, and nut shells
• Recovering valuable components by feedstock pre-extraction prior to fractionation
• Achieving at least 80% lignin yield, 90% glucan recovery from the cellulose and 80% yield of monomeric hemicellulose sugars by utilizing the TNO FABIOLA™ low temperature, energy-efficient acetone based fractionation process
• Purifying the hemicellulose hydrolysate and qualifying it for fermentation into chemical building blocks
• Developing lignin depolymerisation technologies
• Establishing high-value lignin applications through the production of lignin-based PUR & PIR foams and lignin-based additives in bitumen for roofing applications
• Demonstrating a 30% OPEX and 15 % carbon footprint reduction of the pre-treatment

UNRAVEL will develop an integrated cross-sector value chain by bringing together specialists with expertise on feedstock composition, chemical pulping and pre-treatment, enzymes production, polymer chemistry, separation and reactor engineering, techno-economic and sustainability assessments and knowledge dissemination and exploitation and communication. The active involvement of three SME's and two large enterprises, active in wood pulping and the production of lignin-based building materials, strengthens a market-driven approach and commercial exploitation and implementation of the results generated in the UNRAVEL project.
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Address

Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 Da Den Haag

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 017 617,50

Participants (10)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

CELIGNIS LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 241 118

METGEN OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 341 250

SOPREMA

France

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 419 812,50

CLANCY HAUSSLER RITA

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 219 962,50

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 403 888,50

SAPPI LANAKEN

Belgium

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 290 625

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 669 271

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 792004

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 717 295,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 603 545

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands