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Lignin Biorefinery Approach using Electrochemical Flow

Lignin Biorefinery Approach using Electrochemical Flow

Objective

Liberate represents a powerhouse consortium, including three major multinational chemical companies, Evonik (ERE), Perstorp (PER), Oxiris (OXI), SMEs (Chimar, Megara, NX Filtration, Condias, Enso, Idener and gate to growth), four internationally regarded research and technology organisations (ECN, Fraunhofer, Leitat and Sintef), and European leading universities (University of Mainz and University of Alicante). LIBERATE will overcome the technical developments, pilot line scale up and commercial exploitation barriers of the next generation of biorefineries. Highly efficient and selective anodic electrochemical oxidation will be applied to the depolymerisation of lignin and the synthesis of propyladipic acid from cyclohexanol to deliver a range of biosustainable feedstocks for drop in replacements or for superior product performance.
Liberate will deliver a pilot scale electrochemical plant to demonstrate the commercial opportunities of converting low cost lignin feedstocks in high value biosustainable chemicals. Liberate will model and physically integrate renewable energy sources to deliver a process that is capable of synthesising chemicals with zero CO2. The renewable energy integration will open up new business models for biorefinery operators to utilise peak renewable energy at discounted rates.
Liberate will deliver the following benefits:
• An electrochemical depolymerisation of kraft lignin to synthesise vanillin with a 7% yield.
• An electrochemical depolymerisation of organoslv lignin to synthesise mixed phenolic derivate oligomers with a yield of > 35%
• An electrochemical oxidation of biosustainable cyclohexanol to synthesise proyl adipic acid with a yield of up to 80%.
• A biorefinery process capable of accommodating RES fluctuations without loss in efficiency
• A biorefinery process that exhibits a 95% improvement in the energy efficiency of the process
• A biorefinery process that is capable of producing 29xtimes less CO2
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Coordinator

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Address

Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 000 801

Participants (15)

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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 369 860

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 916 745

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 807 540

SINTEF AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 2 067 113

OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 263 200

OXIRIS CHEMICALS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 207 622

CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 209 499

INVESTORNET-GATE2GROWTH APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 241 416

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 604 872

VIOMICHANIA RITINON MEGARON ANASTASIOS FANIS ANONYMOS ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 337 278

ENSO INNOVATION SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 163 023

CONDIAS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 568 839

EVONIK RESOURCE EFFICIENCY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 257 959

PERSTORP AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 410 725

NX FILTRATION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 336 997

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820735

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 047 734,85

  • EU contribution

    € 8 763 489

Coordinated by:

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain