SELECTIVELI will provide proof of concept on the laboratory scale (at least TR3) to demonstrate the potential for converting low-cost lignosulfonate feedstocks (a 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 the environmental footprint of a value chain
The company applies its know-how in the area of numerical optimisation for the highly sustainable and efficient development of the activities along the entire value chain. To that end, the company will use powerful optimisation algorithms accounting for resources, logistics and processing steps. Moreover, the holistic model of the process will be used as a simulation tool to help to assess the scalability and viability of the process at the desired scale and for the replication in different industrial environments and scenarios.
- Date 25 June, 2019
- Tags Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Engineering & Construction, Environment, Expertise area, Funding type, Modeling and Simulation, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Public - EU FP7 / H2020, Public - H2020, Research area, Software Engineering
- Programme Horizon 2020-EC
- Partners JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ Germany, BORREGAARD AS Norway, VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V., OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL Spain, SINTEF AS, ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION ES, LIFE CYCLE ENGINEERING SRL, CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON Greece
- Project cost 2845298,75
- Start date 01/05/2019
- End date 31/04/2022