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Conceptual Study of Electrochemical based novel process using Lignosulfonates to produce bio-based monomers & polymers

Conceptual Study of Electrochemical based novel process using Lignosulfonates to produce bio-based monomers & polymers

Objective

SELECTIVELI represents a strong BBI consortium, including full members Sappi (SAPPI), Idener (IDENER), associated members Vito (VITO), Leitat (LEITAT) and Sintef (SINTEF) in addition to industrial partners Chimar (CHIMAR) and LCEngineering (LCE) and leading experts in the field of preparative electrochemistry, University of Mainz (JGU).
SELECTIVELI will provide proof of concept on the laboratory scale (at least TR3) to demonstrate the potential for converting low cost lignosulfonate feedstocks (by-product from paper and pulp industry) into high value bio-sustainable chemicals through the following:
(I) Development and optimisation of the electrochemical process to convert bio-based feedstock (lignosulfonates) into target monomers, some of which can be converted into polymers for study in further downstream processes.
(II) Development and optimisation of downstream separation and purification processes to extract the target products and conversion of intermediate building block monomers (mixed phenolic derivatives) into higher value polymers
(III) Modelling the process to (a) prepare process designs and scale up strategies for future industrial scale production and ensuring commercial viability (b) assessing energy requirements and proving the process is capable of benefitting from surplus energy and accommodating energy fluctuations.
(IV) Conducting a full life-cycle analysis to establish that a future biorefinery process can reduce environmental footprint of a value chain.
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Coordinator

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Address

Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 793 896

Participants (7)

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SAPPI PAPIER HOLDING GMBH

Austria

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 285 975

OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 241 200

SINTEF AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 477 000

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 239 479

LIFE CYCLE ENGINEERING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 271 125

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

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 188 549

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 837276

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.4.

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 853 118,85

  • EU contribution

    € 2 497 224

Coordinated by:

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Germany