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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.
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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)

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Danisco Sweeteners Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 148 979

RISE INNVENTIA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 140 856

OY KESKUSLABORATORIO - CENTRALLABORATORIUM AB

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 22 883

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 545 241

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 290 457

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 275 067

KOMPETENZZENTRUM HOLZ GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 289 650

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 343 553

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 302 186

INSTITUTUL DE CHIMIE MACROMOLECULARA PETRU PONI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 247 920

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 238 344

SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 50 500

CELULOSE BEIRA INDUSTRIAL SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 13 025

Oy Separation Research Ab

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 384 225

NATEX PROZESSTECHNOLOGIE GESMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 377 017

GRANIT RECHERCHE DEVELOPPEMENT SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 19 216,01

hte GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 266 261

DANISCO SWEETENERS OY

Finland

University of Maine

United States

SODRA CELL

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 79 500

Greenvalue SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 250 378,99

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228589

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2013

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 746 919,07

  • EU contribution

    € 7 600 000

Coordinated by:

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland