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Extremozymes for wood based building blocks: From pulp mill to board and insulation products

Objective

Several crucial steps in wood industries involve extreme operation conditions (such as high temperature and pH) to remove or modify recalcitrant lignin that protects cellulose in the plant cell wall. Enzymes can substitute harsh and energy-demanding chemical treatments for sustainable production of bio-based building blocks and products in wood biorefinery. However, wild enzymes, evolved to act under natural environmental conditions, cannot be integrated into the current industrial processes. WoodZymes partners already have available extremozymes resisting very high temperature and pH that will be further optimized to be used as biocatalysts in wood industries. Enzyme application will include the recovery of phenolic compounds from enzymatic breakdown of technical lignin, and of lignin and hemicellulose compounds from enzymatic delignification and bleaching of kraft pulp (also resulting in more sustainable final cellulosic pulp). Extremophilic enzymes will also be used to valorize the latter compounds as bio-based precursors for adhesives in the manufacture of medium-density fiberboards, and as components of insulation polyurethane foams (substituting fossil building blocks), as well as for obtaining renewable sugar-based papermaking additives. WoodZymes illustrates the potential of extremozymes in the global bio-based economy, contributing to the sustainability and competitiveness of cellulose and board/polyurethane manufacture (as suggested by techno-economic and environmental analyses), and establishing a direct link between the pulp and wood industrial sectors. The feasibility of these objectives is based on a consortium from four EU countries formed by: i) four world-leading companies of the above industrial sectors; ii) a highly-active biotech SME commercializing extremophilic enzymes; and iii) four reputed research institutes of the wood, cellulose, lignin and enzymes sectors, being able to demonstrate the extremozyme-based technology at the pilot scale.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyurethane
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/health economics
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2017
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Funding Scheme

BBI-RIA - Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 488 942,50

Participants (8)

METGEN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 500 500
Address
Rakentajantie 26
20780 Kaarina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE TECHNIQUE DE L INDUSTRIE DESPAPIERS CARTONS ET CELLULOSES
France
EU contribution
€ 495 125
Address
Domaine Universitaire
38610 Gieres
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA (FORETCELLULOSE BOIS-CONSTRUCTION AMEUBLEMENT)
France
EU contribution
€ 487 981,25
Address
10 Rue De Galilee
77420 Champs Sur Marne
Activity type
Research Organisations
RAIZ - INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACAO DAFLORESTA E PAPEL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 281 325
Address
Apartado 15 Quinta Sao Francisco
3801 501 Aveiro Eixo
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Penisula Da Mitrena Sado
2910 738 Setubal Sado
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FINSA FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Zone Industrielle
40110 Morcenx
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOPREMA
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
14 Rue Saint Nazaire
67100 Strasbourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FIBRE EXCELLENCE SAINT-GAUDENS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Du President Saragat Bp 202
31804 Saint-gaudens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)