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Forest biorefineries: Added-value from chemicals and polymers by new integrated separation, fractionation and upgrading technologies

Objective

The approach of AFORE project is to develop novel, industrially adaptable and techno-economically viable bio-based solutions for the separation, fractionation, and primary upgrading of green chemicals from forest residues, wood chips, and chemical pulping liquors to be used as starting materials for current and novel value-added applications. It is targeted that by this means European forest and pulping industry can substantially increase its profitability and overall income within 10 years with positive impact on the waste formation and sustainability of the process. The project will focus on two paths, namely upgrading the current kraft pulping process into a multi-product biorefinery concept and development of entirely new wood-based biorefinery concepts, in which the wood cellulose is exploited in value-added applications with simultaneous production of a multitude of novel non-cellulosic products. The success of the technological developments will be evaluated using different modelling and assessment tools and by pilot and mill scale demonstrations. The techno-economical evaluations will also include a thorough investigation of how the new side-stream -based value chains will affect the current end-uses (mainly energy) as well as the environmental footprint of production. The multidisciplinary project consortium consists of research and industrial partners covering the whole value chain from wood to end products. The expertises of the partners include wood and pulp and paper processing, physical, chemical and biotechnical biomaterial processing, component isolation and upgrading, sophisticated biomaterial analysis, environmental and techno-economical modelling and assessment of processes, products and business scenarios related thereof.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-LARGE-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project
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Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 314 741
Administrative Contact
Anna Suurnäkki (Dr.)

Participants (21)

Danisco Sweeteners Oy

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 148 979
Address
Sokeritehtaantie 10
FI-48101 Kotka
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ilkka Kruus (Mr.)
RISE INNVENTIA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 140 856
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vag 61
114 86 Stockholm
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Birgit Backlund (Ms.)
OY KESKUSLABORATORIO - CENTRALLABORATORIUM AB

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 22 883
Address
Tekniikantie 2
FI-02151 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jari Uotila (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 545 241
Address
Campus Universitário De Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fernando Batista (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 290 457
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 275 067
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Satu Väisänen (Ms.)
KOMPETENZZENTRUM HOLZ GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 650
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tobias Stern (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 343 553
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Costas Kiparissides (Prof.)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
EU contribution
€ 302 186
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Stöcker (Dr.)
INSTITUTUL DE CHIMIE MACROMOLECULARA PETRU PONI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 247 920
Address
Aleea Grigore Ghica Voda 41A
700487 Iasi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tinuta Terlescu (Ms.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 238 344
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Orlanda Cristina Ramos Timas (Ms.)
SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 50 500
Address
Skogsudden
35189 Vaxjo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
åsa Forss (Ms.)
CELULOSE BEIRA INDUSTRIAL SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 13 025
Address
Leirosa
3081-853 Figueira Da Foz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diogo Oliveira (Dr.)
Oy Separation Research Ab
Finland
EU contribution
€ 384 225
Address
Skarpskyttegatan 14
20540 Turku
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Richard Holmbom (Mr.)
NATEX PROZESSTECHNOLOGIE GESMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 377 017
Address
Werkstrasse 7
2630 Ternitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franz Lang (Mr.)
GRANIT RECHERCHE DEVELOPPEMENT SA

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 19 216,01
Address
Rue Du Grand Chene 5
1003 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfred Abaecherli (Mr.)
hte GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 266 261
Address
Kurpfalzring 104
69123 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bianca Linke (Ms.)
DANISCO SWEETENERS OY
Finland
Address
Sokeritehtaantie 10
48210 Kotka
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ilkka Kruus (Mr.)
University of Maine
United States
Address
Central Street 16
04401 Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adriaan Van Heiningen (Prof.)
SODRA CELL
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 79 500
Address
Skogsudden
35189 Växjö
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Espen Ribe (Mr.)
Greenvalue SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 250 378,99
Address
Rue Des Ducats 40 A
1350 Orbe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adil Barakat (Mr.)