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Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation

Funding : European Union, H2020 BBI Call
Key words : bioeconomy - biotechnologies - green chemistry -
lignocellulosic biorefinery
Dates : October 2016 – October 2020


Lignocellulosic feedstocks (dry matter plant biomass) are commonly used in the production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals. However, a major disadvantage of these feedstocks is the presence of substantial amounts of lignin, an aromatic polymer that is difficult to break down. This so called "recalcitrance" means lignocellulosic feedstock is often considered primarily as a waste product, utilised to produce energy through burning. The Zelcor project intends to demonstrate the feasibility of transforming lignocellulose recalcitrant side streams (lignocellulosic residues from ethanol production, lignins dissolved during pulping and ligninlike humins formed by sugars conversion) into high added-value bio-based products, including fine chemicals. This will be achieved by combining chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insect-based bioconversion. Demonstrating of the project’s feasibility will be performed by process scaling-up, formulation of end-product prototypes and value chain sustainability and safety assessment.

Expected results

- new routes for lignin and lignin-like raw materials valorization
- new bioacalysts for biomass conversion
- knowledge of lignin structure, reactivity and properties
- demonstration of the performance of new biobased products
- sustainability assessment of new value chains

Coordinator Stéphanie Baumberger (UMR Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin)
Partners AgroParisTech (FR)
Food and Biobased Research (NL)
Aalto-yliopisto (FIN)
Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne (FR)
University of Warwick (UK)
Ynsect (FR)
W42 Industrial Biotechnology GmbH (DE)
Avantium Chemical BV (NL)
Ardilla Technologies UK Ltd (FIN)
Biome Bioplastics (UK)
Nova Institut (DE)
Quantis SARL (Switzerland)
Arterra Bioscience Srl (I)
Sabic (NL)
Tereos (FR)
AgroParisTech scientist Catherine Lapierre (UMR Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin)

More information
* Website : www.bbi-europe.eu/projects/zelcor or http://zelcor.eu/

* Check out the interview of Stéphanie Baumberger, coordinator’s project and AgroParisTech scientist :

"This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720303".

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